The Mean Green went up to Manhattan and put up a gutsy performance only to walk away with a loss to Kansas State. After taking a 7-0 lead on Brelan Chancellor’s 6-yard run, the ensuing kickoff was returned 96-yards by the Wildcats to even up the score. From there it was a game of catch up for North Texas. The Mean Green had a chance to tie the score midway through the third quarter but missed the PAT. The Wildcats in full stride tacked on three more touchdowns before North Texas scored one last time on a 19-yard TD reception by Chancellor late in the forth quarter. The following onside kickoff attempt was recovered by Kansas State effectively ending the game 35-21 in favor of the Wildcats.
There were several positives to be taken from the loss though. The game plan of playing keep away from Kansas State was successful in the first quarter. QB Derek Thompson performed quite well completing 25 of 28 pass attempts for 208 yards, a TD and no interceptions. RB Brandin Byrd was the workhorse again carrying the rock 19 times for 61 yards. He also had four catches for 23 yards. His stable mate, Antoinne Jimmerson has eight carries for 68 yards. WR Brelan Chancellor did well with two TDs.
The defense however simply could not contain “Optimus Klein” and the powerful Wildcat offense. They managed to create two turnovers but were unable to capitalize on offense. The Wildcats throughout the game were able to sustain scoring drives of 64, 72, 75 and 77 yards. The gaffs on the Mean Green special teams play ultimately cost the team the game. Giving up a kickoff return for a TD, missing a PAT and a FG attempt were the difference makers.
Next up for North Texas is a home game against Sun Belt conference opponent Troy. The Trojans won their season opener on the road against UAB but lost subsequent home games against Louisiana-Lafayette and Mississippi State. Both teams have 1-2 records. One thing is for sure, Troy can score. They’ve put up at least 24 points per game. QB Corey Robinson is a pocket passer who will “dink and dunk” his way down the field. RB Shawn Southward is the battering ram who will wear down opposing defenses. Look for Chip Reeves and Eric Thomas to be Robinson’s main targets throughout the game. With both offenses performing well, expect a high scoring affair for this one.
TROY vs UNT
SAT. SEPT. 22 – 6PM / ESPN3