DENTON, Texas (11/6/07) The North Texas football team will host the Midshipmen of Navy in a non-conference game, Saturday today at 3 pm. Kickoff scheduled for 3:05 p.m. There is no television, but the game be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network with George Dunham and Hank Dickenson.
North Texas is coming off of a bye week and is looking for its second win of the season. The Mean Green leads the Sun Belt Conference and ranks 12th nationally in passing offense with an average of 297.9 yards per game. True freshman Giovanni Vizza will be starting his fifth game for the Mean Green and has already set the North Texas record for passing yards by a freshman with 1,295. Navy leads the nation in rushing offense, averaging more than 333 yards per game on the ground. he Midshipmen have lost two of their last three games, but are coming to Denton off of a 46-44 win over Notre Dame in triple overtime last week.
This will be the first-ever meeting between North Texas and Navy and the first-ever appearance by a service academy football team at Fouts Field. The Mean Green has played Army twice, at Texas Stadium in 1996 and at West Point in 1997. North Texas also played at Air Force in 2003. North Texas is 0-3 against service academy teams.
North Texas leads the Sun Belt Conference and ranks 12th in the nation in passing offense. Navy ranks last in the nation in pass efficiency defense, allowing a rating of 167.3. The Midshipmen rank 100th in passing yards allowed, giving up an average of 265 yards per game. Navy leads the nation in rushing offense with an average of 333.3 yards per game. North Texas ranks 107th nationally in rushing defense, allowing 209.4 yards per game.
Navy head coach Paul Johnson is in his sixth season with the Midshipmen and has a record of 42-29. He has a career record of 104-39 which includes five years as the head coach at Georgia Southern prior to his tenure at Navy. Johnson was the 2004 Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year after his team finished 10-2 which included a win in the Emerald Bowl. He has coached Navy to four straight bowl appearances and has posted at least eight wins in each of those years.
Both teams have allowed a bunch of points this year with Navy giving up an average of 38.8 points per game and North Texas allowing an average of 46.5 points per game. Coming into the 2006 season, North Texas and Navy were the only two teams to never play an overtime game. North Texas broke that streak with a record-setting seven-overtime game with Florida International last season. Navy has since had four overtime games, including three this season.
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