Mean Green Hosts Ragin Cajuns Next Tuesday
Venue: Apogee Stadium
Playing Surface: Sportexe PowerBlade HP
Series Record: Series even at 8-8
Last Meeting: ULL 30 NT 10
In Denton: Series even at 4-4
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM, KNTU 88.1 FM
Live Stats: www.MeanGreenSports.com
DENTON, Texas - The national spotlight shines on Apogee Stadium on Tuesday night as the North Texas football team hosts Louisiana-Lafayette at 8 p.m. on ESPN 2. It is the first nationally televised game from Apogee Stadium and first nationally televised game in Denton since 2005.
The Mean Green dropped its final non-conference game against Houston to fall to 2-4 on the year. Louisiana-Lafayette picked up its second straight win with a 41-13 victory over Tulane. The series with Ragin Cajuns is even at 8-8, but the Mean Green has dropped five straight. North Texas hasn't beaten the Cajuns since 2006 and not at home since 2003.
Quarterback Derek Thompson passed for more than 200-yards for the fourth straight game for the first time in his career with a season-high 252 yards again Houston. Thompson is the first North Texas quarterback since Giovanni Vizza to pass for over 200-yards in four straight games.
His current streak is tied for fourth all-time, with the record being 10, set by Mitch Maher in 1994. Thompson for his career now has eight 200-yard passing games for his career, which is tied for fifth all-time.
Hilbert Jackson's 15 tackles against Houston were a career-high and only the second time since 1999 that a player from the secondary has had 15 tackles in a game.
Brelan Chancellor has now climbed to sixth all-time in North Texas history in career all-purpose yards. The junior posted 126 all-purpose yards against Florida Atlantic and now has 3,402 for his career. He is the fifth player since 2001 to top the 3,000 all-purpose yard mark in a career.
Brandin Byrd and Antoinne Jimmerson have combined for 747 yards at the midway point of the season, Byrd has 380 yards and Jimmerson 367. The pair is one pace to top 500-yards rushing and it would be the first time since 2002 that North Texas had two running backs rush for 500 yards in the same season.
The North Texas offensive line has allowed only three sacks on the season, which is the fourth fewest in the nation. The three sacks allowed came in one game, Kansas State. The other five games the Mean Green offensive line has not allowed a sack. Louisiana-Lafayette is just behind North Texas, having allowed only four sacks on the year through the first five games for the Ragin Cajuns, which ranks 15th in the country.