Mean Green Seek 10th Win At New Orleans Bowl
North Texas Takes On Sun Belt Champion Troy
NEW ORLEANS — A year after falling just short of winning a bowl game in head coach Seth Littrell’s first season, the North Texas football team has made their way to the Crescent City in hopes of finishing the mission with a 2017 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl victory.
It’s been 13 years since their last New Orleans Bowl appearance and 15 since their last triumph at the New Orleans Bowl, but the Mean Green are back at Mercedes-Benz Superdome to play the Troy Trojans on Saturday at noon on ESPN.
“Since I’ve been here the mission has been to win our bowl game,” said sophomore wide receiver Michael Lawrence. “Getting a win would be huge for our program and seniors who have been through a lot.”
In their second season under Littrell, the Mean Green have had one of their best seasons in program history, especially offensively. Led by Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Mason Fine led the North Texas offense to score the most points, have the most yards, most passing touchdowns and most first downs in program history.
Furthermore, UNT is one win away from finishing with its first 10-win season since 1977 and just the third time in the program’s 102 year history, when they finished 10-1.
“It would mean a lot to me and to the other guys to make history,” Lawrence said. “To say you were part of something like that would be special. But we have to finish the mission. We just need to be disciplined and I think we’ll be fine.”
North Texas will be facing the Sun Belt Champion Trojans (10-2) who have won six games in a row and beat the No. 22 ranked LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sept. 30.
The Mean Green’s dominant offense will be up against a Troy defense that is only giving up an average of 17.5 points per game, which ranks 11th best in the country.
Fine, who has set three single season Mean Green passing records this year, aims to spread the ball around to the variety of talented North Texas receivers.
North Texas is just one of four teams in the country who has four receivers with each at least 500 receiving yards.