Baton Rouge, La. (10/27/05) - In the matchup that was originally scheduled for Sept. 3, the Mean Green (2-4, 2-1) takes on Louisiana State (5-1, 4-1) this Saturday at 7 pm. The game was rescheduled due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
North Texas’ final non-conference game can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network.The game will also be offered as part of the ESPN GamePlan package and can be seen live in Texas. It will only be available if you subscribe to GamePlan or you can buy it as a pay-per-view if you have satellite or digital cable TV.
Suffering its first conference loss since 2001, the Mean Green remains in contention for its fifth-straight Sun Belt Title. North Texas is second in the conference in turnover margin, and running back Patrick Cobbs leads the Sun Belt in all-purpose and rushing yards per game. North Texas is facing a ranked LSU squad for the first time. The 7th ranked Tigers’ only loss of the season came in overtime against Tennessee. LSU is led by Joseph Addai, who is tops in the SEC in rushing with 107 yards per game.
The Tigers are 2-0 all-time against the Mean Green, with a scoring edge of 101-7. LSU took the first meeting 49-7 in 1995 and the second 52-0 in 1999.
Several individuals involved with the North Texas football program have LSU ties. Mean Green head coach Darrell Dickey coached tight ends at LSU from 1991-93 while defensive line coach Mike Bugar also spent the same three years as the Tigers defensive coordinator.
North Texas head strength coach Chris Seroka was at LSU from 1991-94, serving as the strength coach his last three years there. Current graduate assistant football coach Thomas Dunson was a two-year letterman as a reserve linebacker for the Tigers in 1998-99. Mean Green Athletic Director Rick Villarreal was an employee of LSU from 1991-95, serving as both a tight ends coach and director of football operations.
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