DENTON, Texas (11/15/07) North Texas returns to Sun Belt Conference action tonight, as the Mean Green travel to Jonesboro, Ark. to take on the Indians of Arkansas State. The game will be played at Indian Stadium (30,406) with kickoff scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
The game will be televised by ESPN Regional (ESPN Gameplan). The game can also be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network with George Dunham and Hank Dickenson.
North Texas is coming off a heartbreaking defeat to Navy in which the Mean Green scored 62 points and had 635 yards of offense but lost 74-62. North Texas leads the Sun Belt Conference and ranks eighth nationally in passing offense with an average of 317.9 yards per game. Arkansas State has been mired in inconsistency after starting the season 3-3 the Indians have lost three of their last four games. Arkansas State leads the Sun Belt in total defense allowing an average of 366.6 yards per game.
The series between North Texas and Arkansas State is tied at 8-8, but the Indians have won the last two meetings. Arkansas State holds a 5-3 advantage in Jonesboro. The series began in 1983 and has been played every year since 2000. The winning team has averaged 33.4 points in the 16 games while the losing team has averaged 13.6 points. Only four of the 16 games have been decided by less than a touchdown.
It was a record-breaking night when North Texas lost to Navy 74-62 last Saturday. For starters, the combined score of 136 was the most points scored by both teams in a game decided in regulation. It ties the record for most combined points scored in any game, which was set earlier this year when Boise State and Nevada combined for 136 in a four-overtime game. North Texas and Navy also combined to score 63 points in the second quarter, breaking the NCAA record of 61 set by San Jose State and Hawaii in 1999. The 19 combined touchdowns in the game tied an NCAA record which was set by San Jose State and Rice in 2004. Mean Green true freshman quarterback Giovanni Vizza set the NCAA record for touchdown passes by a freshman with eight, breaking the record of six held by Bob Hoernschemeyer of Indiana and Luke McCown of Louisiana Tech. Vizza’s seven touchdowns in the first half also tied an NCAA record for most touchdowns in a half.
In four of its eight losses this year, North Texas has out-gained its opponent in total offense. The four losses this year where North Texas has out-gained its opponent are SMU (613-534), Florida Atlantic (466-406), Louisiana-Lafayette (527-414) and Middle Tennessee (383-335). Between the TCU game in 2002 and the end of the 2006 season the Mean Green had 29 losses and had only out-gained its opponent in total offense three times in those games.