Mean Green Takes On Red Wolves Saturday
Venue: Apogee Stadium
Playing Surface: Sportexe PowerBlade HP
Series Record: ASU leads 13-8
Last Meeting: ASU 37 NT 14
In Denton: ASU leads 5-4
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM, KNTU 88.1 FM
Live Stats: www.MeanGreenSports.com
DENTON, Texas - Its homecoming weekend for the North Texas football team as they host the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Apogee Stadium at 4 p.m. It is the 63rd homecoming game for North Texas and the Mean Green has an all-time record of 40-21-1.
These two teams have met as conference opponents as members of the Southland, Big West and Sun Belt Conferences. Arkansas State has dominated this series of late, winning the last seven meetings.
The last North Texas win was in 2004, which was also the last time that North Texas finished the year with a winning record. In the 13 wins over North Texas, Arkansas State averaged 32.5 points per game. In the eight losses to the Mean Green, the Red Wolves averaged 11.9 points per game
Freshman running back Antoinne Jimmerson has rushed for 487 yards on the season, which is the third highest total by a freshman at North Texas since the 1997. Jimmerson has rushed for more yards as a freshman than the all-time leading rusher Lance Dunbar and Patrick Cobbs, who is second all-time.
Only Jamario Thomas in 2004 (1,801) and Ja'Quay Wilburn in 1997 (594) have rushed for more yards than Jimmerson. He has rushed for five TD's, which is the most since Thomas in 2004 and tied for the second highest total by a freshman since Darrin Collins in 1986.
North Texas had three players rush for over 50 yards against Middle Tennessee, which is the first time that has happened since last season against Indiana.
However the Mean Green had three running backs top the 50-yard mark against the Blue Raiders, and it is the first time since 2002 that North Texas has had three running backs rush for 50 yards in a game. Brandin Byrd, Antoinne Jimmerson, and Jeremy Brown are the first trio to rush for 50 yards since Kevin Galbreath, Patrick Cobbs, and Roy Bishop on November 2, 2002.
Quarterback Derek Thompson topped the 200-yard passing mark for a career-best sixth straight time. Thompson is just the fourth player in school history to pass for 200-yards in six straight games and the first since Giovanni Vizza in 2008. With four regular season games remaining, Thompson can tie the school record of 10 straight games with 200 yards passing, set by Mitch Maher in 1994.
Andrew Power had a career-high 58 yards receiving against MTSU, and for the season has 126 yards. Power needs just 17 more yards to top his season total from last season of 142 yards. That would give him the most receiving yards by a North Texas tight end since Andy Blount had 427 yards in 2004.