Mean Green Battle Blue Raiders Saturday
Venue: Floyd Stadium
Playing Surface: Artificial Turf
Series Record: North Texas leads 7-4
Last Meeting: NT 59 MTSU 7
In Murfreesboro: North Texas leads 4-1
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM, KNTU 88.1 FM
Live Stats: www.GoBlueRaiders.com
DENTON, Texas - Fresh off a 30-23 win against Louisiana-Lafayette, the North Texas football team travels to Middle Tennessee this Saturday for a key Sun Belt Conference showdown. Both teams enter the game with a 2-1 league mark, just a half-game out of the top spot in the Sun Belt.
North Texas defeated MTSU 59-7 in the final game of the year in 2011 and lead the series 7-4. The Mean Green has a 4-1 mark in Murfreesboro.
The Mean Green is 3-4 through seven games, which is the best mark after seven games since 2004. The 2-1 league record is the best conference record through three games since 2005.
Linebacker Zach Orr was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Orr is the first North Texas defensive player to earn the weekly honor since Craig Robertson won the award after the first week of the 2009 season.
Freshman running back Antoinne Jimmerson was the first running back to have a 100-yard receiving game since Lance Dunbar last season against Indiana. Along with the 100-yard receiving game, Jimmerson had two receiving touchdowns. It is the first time since 2002 that a North Texas running back had two receiving touchdowns in a game.
Quarterback Derek Thompson passed for a season-high 282 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette, marking the fifth straight game in which Thompson has topped 200-yards in passing, which is a career-best. Thompson is just the fourth player in school history to pass for 200-yards in five straight games and the first since Giovanni Vizza in 2008.
North Texas notched its first come from behind win when trailing at the half under head coach Dan McCarney in the win over Louisiana-Lafayette. Additionally the Mean Green moved to a perfect 6-0 under McCarney when scoring 30 points or more.
The North Texas offensive line is second in the nation in allowing the fewest sacks on the year. In seven games, the line has given up only three sacks, which came in one game against Kansas State. In six of the seven games the offensive line has not allowed a sack.