MIAMI, Fla. (10/15/05) The North Texas football team snapped a three-game skid with a 13-10 comeback victory over Florida International on Saturday at FIU Stadium in a Sun Belt Conference game.
The Mean Green improved to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in league play, while the Golden Panthers fell to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
North Texas trailed 10-6 late in the third quarter, but Johnny Quinn caught a touchdown pass from Daniel Meager that gave the Mean Green the lead and ended up being the game-winning score. NT’s defense was able to hold the Golden Panthers scoreless the rest of the way as the Mean Green escaped with the three-point win.
"We knew coming into this game that it was going to be a dogfight and it was a very tough win,” said North Texas head coach Darrell Dickey. “We battled hard and made just enough plays to get a win.”
Florida International started the scoring with a 25-yard field goal from Adam Moss with 6:13 left to play in the first quarter. The Golden Panthers tacked on seven more points with a touchdown pass from Josh Padrick to Samuel Smith with 1:13 remaining in the opening quarter that made the score 10-0.
Nick Bazaldua hit two field goals for North Texas in the second quarter that made the score 10-6 at halftime.
NT’s Patrick Cobbs rushed for a game-high 112 yards on 27 carries to pace the North Texas offense that finished with 226 total yards. Quarterback Daniel Meager threw for just 79 yards, but completed 10-of-15 passes with one touchdown.
The Golden Panthers finished the game with 322 yards of offense, 96 more than North Texas, but the Mean Green defense forced eight FIU turnovers. That is the most turnovers ever recorded by a North Texas team under head coach Darrell Dickey.
"I thought our defense played well, and the offense stayed on the field a little longer in spells to help keep them fresh,” said Dickey. “Our intensity was a little lacking at the beginning of the game but we fought back and I am proud of the way we came from behind.”