Mean Green Host South Alabama Saturday At 4
Venue: Apogee Stadium
Playing Surface: Sportexe PowerBlade HP
Series Record: First meeting
Last Meeting: First meeting
In Denton: First meeting
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM,KNTU 88.1 FM
TV: TXA 21
Live Stats: www.MeanGreenSports.com
DENTON, Texas - It's the final home game of the season for the North Texas football team as they host the South Alabama Jaguars Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Apogee Stadium. It is the first and last meeting between North Texas and South Alabama as members of the Sun Belt Conference.
North Texas will recognize 17 players that will be suited up for their final home game in a North Texas uniform this week. Of the 17 honorees, 13 are scholarship players and four are walk-ons.
Three are offensive starters, three are defensive starters and there is one special teams starter. Center Aaron Fortenberry, offensive tackle Coleman Feeley and wide receiver Chris Bynes are the offensive starters playing their last home game while defensive tackle Tevinn Cantly, defensive end K.C. Obi and linebacker Jeremy Phillips are the defensive starters playing their last home game. Punter Will Atterberry will also suit up in a green jersey for the last time.
With a win in the home finale against South Alabama, North Texas would finish the home schedule with a winning record at 3-2, giving the Mean Green back-to-back home winning seasons for the first time since 2003 and 2004.
Derek Thompson threw for 316 yards against Arkansas State, the seventh straight game he has passed for 200 yards and his third career 300-yard passing game.
Thompson is only the second quarterback in school history to pass for 200-yards in seven straight games, passing Giovanni Vizza (2008) and Steve Ramsey (1968), and trails only Mitch Maher who passed for 200-yards in 10 straight games in 1994. Thompson can tie that record with 200 yards passing in the final three regular season games.
It will be a battle of protecting the quarterback and getting to the quarterback. North Texas is fourth in the nation in fewest sacks allowed. The Mean Green has only given up six sacks this season, which is also the fewest in the Sun Belt. South Alabama enters the game second in the Sun Belt Conference in sacks with 20 on the year.
North Texas is averaging 19,668 fans at Apogee Stadium, which currently is the second highest total in school history. North Texas needs 19,854 in the home finale to break the all-time record for highest average in single season in school history. The record is 19,704 set in 1997. North Texas needs 16,329 to average over 19,000 for the season, which would be only the fourth time in school history that has happened.