Football Snaps Three-Game Losing Streak With 16-7 Victory
Lafayette, LA (11/11/06) - The North Texas football team held Louisiana-Lafayette scoreless in the second half as the Mean Green snapped a three-game losing streak with a 16-7 victory on Saturday night at Cajun Field. North Texas (3-7, 2-3 Sun Belt)
The Mean Green used two offensive units and strong showings from the defense and special teams to come up with the victory. After the Ragin’ Cajuns tied the score at 7-7 in the second quarter, the Mean Green scored a touchdown and recorded a safety in the third quarter to take the victory.
Deavin Cox blocked a punt in the first quarter to set
Quarterback Daniel Meager led the Mean Green on a five-play, 31-yard drive that resulted in a four-yard touchdown pass to senior Johnny Quinn in the far left corner of the endzone. The wide receiver caught a pass in the first quarter to extend his streak to 45 straight games with at least one reception, which is the third-longest active reception streak in the nation. His touchdown reception gave him 21 for his career. Quinn ranks third in career touchdown receptions at
Ahead 7-0, NT’s Green Team made its first appearance with 8:00 to play in the second quarter and it moved the ball from its own 33-yard line down to the Louisiana-Lafayette 32-yard line before needing a little help from the first-team offense to pick up a fourth-down conversion. The Green Team came back in on the very next play and continued the drive down to the 7-yard line before eventually turning it over with an interception.
Louisiana-Lafayette responded with a 13-play, 93-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown and a tie game as time expired in the first half. It was the second time this year that North Texas gave up a long touchdown drive at the end of the first half after Tulsa went 96 yards on 13 plays to score as time expired in the first half earlier this year.
The Green Team went on a long drive in the third quarter and took a 14-7 lead on a Casey Fitzgerald touchdown reception from quarterback Matt Phillips. The touchdown reception was Fitzgerald’s second in as many games. The Mean Green then increased the lead when UL Lafayette snapped the ball over the punter’s head and the Rajun’ Cajuns had to kick the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety.