North Texas Heads To Houston Looking For Second Straight Win Over Rice
Mean Green Trying To End Three-Game Losing Streak
Venue: Rice Stadium
Playing Surface: Field Turf
Series Record: Series tied at 2-2
Last Meeting: NT 28 Rice 16 (2013)
In Houston: Series tied at 1-1
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DENTON – After a tough home loss to Southern Miss, North Texas closes out the month of October on the road trying to end a three-game losing streak at Rice on Saturday. The Mean Green is winless in league games this season. The Owls had last week off, but have won three straight games since starting the season at 0-3. The Mean Green is looking for its first road win of the season while Rice is 1-1 at home. The series is tied at 2-2, as the Mean Green won last season 28-16 in Denton.
WR Carlos Harris had a career game against Southern Miss with 15 catches for 216 yards. It was eighth-most receiving yards in school history, the third-most receptions in a game, and the most receiving yards in a game since 2008.
Harris is only the second player since 1992 with over 200-yards receiving in a game for NT. He leads C-USA in receiving yards per game and is second in all-purpose yards. He is ninth in the nation in all-purpose yards per game.
The 15 receptions by Harris is tied for the fourth-most in the nation this season and the 216 yards is tied for the eighth most in the country.
RB Antoinne Jimmerson is only 53 yards away from breaking into the top-20 all-time in rushing at North Texas. He has 1,375 career rushing yards for his career. Jimmerson also made his first career start against Southern Miss.
Linebacker Derek Akunne continues to pile up tackles at a record breaking pace, as he leads C-USA with 65 total tackles this season. In the last three games Akunne has notched 44 tackles. He needs only 26 more to break his career-high of 90, and 35 more to reach the 300-mark for his career.
North Texas has had 17 different players make their first career start in 2014. That number is tied for the second most in the nation this year, behind only Tulsa.
One area that has been in stark contrast to the first three seasons under Dan McCarney has been time of possession. The Mean Green is averaging only 27:35 in time of possession this season. Last year the Mean Green averaged 34:05, in 2012 that number was 31:59 and in 2011 NT averaged 33:50. Rice comes into the game second in C-USA in time of possession, averaging 34:45 a game.
The two teams enter the game as the best at scoring inside the red-zone this season. Rice is tops in C-USA, scoring 92 percent of the time (23-25) while the Mean Green is second in C-USA at 91.3 percent (21-23).
North Texas and Rice are the two best teams in Conference USA in kickoff coverage. The Mean Green is one while Rice is second. The longest kickoff return allowed by NT this season has been 28 yards, while the longest given up by the Owls is 36 yards.