NT Closes Out Regular Season At Tulsa With Eight Wins In Sight
Mean Green Battle Golden Hurricane On Saturday At 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 27, 2013
Venue: H.A. Chapman Stadium
Playing Surface: Field Turf
Series Record: Tulsa leads 17-6
Last Meeting: Tulsa 41-24 (2011)
In Tulsa: Tulsa 11-2
Radio: KHYI 95.3 FM
KNTU 88.1 FM
KGAF 1580 AM
TV: Fox Sports
Live Stats: www.TulsaHurricane.com
After their five-game winning streak was snapped by UTSA, the North Texas football team closes out the regular season on the road at Tulsa on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Mean Green can still win a share of the C-USA West Division title with a win and a loss by Rice. The game can be seen on Fox Sports.
Tulsa is 3-8 on the year but coming off a 10-point win on the road at Louisiana Tech. The two teams are meeting for the 24th time in series history and Tulsa holds a 17-6 edge over the Mean Green.
The Mean Green has the biggest single season turnaround since 2002, having already surpassed its win total by three games from 2012. With one more win, the Mean Green would have the biggest turnaround in a single season since 1984. One more win will also give North Texas its eighth win of the season, which would be just the 13th time in school history the Mean Green has won eight games or more.
North Texas leads Conference USA and ranks fourth in the nation in Red Zone defense, allowing opponents to score just 61.3 percent of the time inside Mean Green 20-yard line (19-of-31).
Dan McCarney has guided NT to seven wins and with one more win it will be the second most wins in a single season for McCarney in his 15 years of coaching.
North Texas is the fifth ranked total defense in C-USA and 36th in the nation allowing only 366.4 yards a game. The Mean Green leads C-USA in points allowed at 18.8 points a game and is tied for 11th in the nation.
WR Darnell Smith pulled down 13 catches against UTSA, the most in a single game by a receiver since 2009. Smith has 62 catches this season, the most in a single season since 2009 and he needs only four more to break into the top-10 in single season for most catches.
Brelan Chancellor enters the Tulsa game needing 164 all-purpose yards to set a new school record at North Texas for his career.
Derek Thompson enters the regular season finale needing only 183 passing yards to set a new single season career-high. That would be the fourth-most passing yards in a single season at NT. He is only the third-player in school history to throw for over 7,000 yards in a career.