Mean Green Head To WKU On Saturday Afternoon
Venue: L.T. Smith Stadium
Playing Surface: Artifical Turf
Series Record: North Texas leads 4-1
Last Meeting: WKU 31 NT 21
In Bowling Green: North Texas leads 2-0
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM, KNTU 88.1 FM
TV: Sun Belt Network
Live Stats: www.wkusports.com
DENTON, Texas - The North Texas football team closes out the 2012 regular season Saturday afternoon as they play at Western Kentucky at 12 p.m. The Mean Green can match last season's win total with a victory at WKU. North Texas is coming off a loss at ULM while the Hilltoppers have dropped three straight games after a four-point loss at Louisiana-Lafayette. North Texas leads the series with WKU 4-1 and is a perfect 2-0 in Bowling Green.
The Mean Green is playing its final game as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. North Texas played its first game in the Sun Belt in 2001 and captured four league championships from 2001-04. During that run, the Mean Green had a school record 26-game conference winning streak that stretched from 2001-05. North Texas will move to Conference USA next season.
North Texas has 4,432 total yards of offense this season and it is the sixth straight season the Mean Green has topped the 4,000 total offense mark, a school record. The school record for total offense is 4,904 yards, set in 2009. North Texas needs 473 yards of total offense in the final regular season game against Western Kentucky to break the record.
Derek Thompson had his second 300-yard passing game of the season against ULM with 333 yards and a new career-high. It is the fourth 300-yard passing game of his career, which is now tied for second in school history.
He is only two 300-yard passing games behind the school record of six, held by Steve Ramsey. If he passes for 300-yards in the season finale at WKU, he would become the first player since 1969 with five 300-yard passing games in his career. The 333 yard passing game is the 21st highest total in school history.
Freshman Carlos Harris had a career-high 128 yards receiving against ULM and he is the first true freshman wide receiver to top the 100-yard mark since 2007. Not since Sam Dibrell has a North Texas freshman had more than 100-yards receiving.
Will Atterberry punting in his final game for North Texas and needs just 141 more yards and he will become only the fourth player in school history to punt for over 10,000 yards. Atterberry has punted 237 times in his career at North Texas, and has had only one punt blocked in his career.