Key Clash For The Mean Green On Saturday Against UTEP
Mean Green Looking To Remain Bowl Eligible And Pick Up First Road Win
Venue: Sun Bowl Stadium
Playing Surface: Field Turf
Series Record: NT leads 14-5-3
Last Meeting: NT 41 UTEP 7 (2013)
In El Paso: NT leads 6-4-1
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM
TV: Fox Sports 1
DENTON - Looking to stay bowl eligible, the Mean Green heads out on the road to square off with UTEP on Saturday night at the Sun Bowl. Kickoff is set for 9:00 p.m. and the game can be seen on Fox Sports 1.
NT ended its four-game losing streak with a 31-10 win at home against Florida Atlantic but now turns its attention towards its first road win of the season. NT is 0-4 away from home. UTEP is one win away from bowl eligibility at 5-4 and the Miners are 3-1 at home this season. The Mean Green leads the series 14-5-3, and is playing at UTEP for the first time since 1980.
The Mean Green defense had 9.0 tackles-for-loss loss in the win against FAU. The previous four games, all losses, NT only had 12.0 tackles-for-loss. Along with tackles-for-loss, the NT defense allowed the fewest yards of the season at only 197 to the Owls.
It is the just the third time in the Dan McCarney era, which began in 2011, that the Mean Green defense gave up fewer than 200-yards of total offense in a game. Linebacker Derek Akunne leads C-USA in tackles with 83 on the season, which also ranks 32nd in the nation. Akunne needs only 17 more tackles for 300 on his career. Eight more tackles would be a career-high for Akunne in a single season.
Dan McCarney notched his 21st career victory as the head coach at North Texas, which moved him into eighth place all-time at NT. He needs just two more victories to tie Theron Fouts for seventh place.
WR Carlos Harris, who is second in C-USA in receptions and yards per game, needs only five more receptions to move into the top-10 for his career at North Texas. Harris has 117 career receptions. Harris needs only three more catches to become just the third player with 120 career receptions since at NT since 1994.
RB Antoinne Jimmerson notched his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and third of his career against FAU, along with a career-high 17 carries. He moved into the top-20 all-time in career rushing yards as well, with 1,525 career yards, which ranks 19th.
The Mean Green defensive line had five sacks against FAU and now has 28 for the year, which is second in C-USA. The 28 sacks ranks ninth in school history, and with two more NT will have back-to-back seasons of more than 30 sacks for the first time since 1996-97. UTEP enters the game having allowed only eight sacks on the year, best in Conference USA and eighth in the nation.