Lance Dunbar ran for 313 yards on 40 carries to become the all-time leading rusher in North Texas history. He passed Patrick Cobbs sometime in the second quarter. He needed only 140 yards coming into today to best Cobbs’ 4050 and finished the first half with 170.
It was a great way to go out for the brightest spot in an otherwise dark time in North Texas history. His career coincided with coaching reign of Todd Dodge, the least winningest coach in Mean Green history. It ends with the beginning of what looks to be a the start of a winning culture. Dan McCarney has taken over a team filled with Dodge recruits and won five games. Dodge won six in 3 1/2 seasons.
Lance took over five games into the 2009 season. After putting up 101 yards and two scores on five carries in a loss to Middle Tennessee State, he went on a crazy run in the next four games where he averaged 190 yards on about 24 carries per game and scored 10 touchdowns.
In 2010, with more expectations on him and his coach, he continued to be a reliable home-run hitter. It wasn’t nearly as spectacular as his in 2009 until the end of October where he began a stretch that saw him hit 200 yards on three occasions and score 11 times including an epic game against Kansas State that saw Lance finish with 22 carries 270 yards and 4 scores (3 rushing 1 receiving) and Daniel Thomas with 269 and two scores on 36 carries.
This year has been more disappointing than anything. Injuries and misfortune has stifled what looked to be an exciting year in a new stadium, under a real FBS coach and a with chance to make history. The Texas Rangers stole the thunder from many North Texas home games and weather kept most people from seeing Lance in his final game in Mean Green.
In many ways that is part of being a North Texas athlete. You do some awesome things in front of sparse crowds. Let it be known that those few that showed up tonight and throughout the last three seasons will not forget the show Lance Dunbar put on.
Congrats to him on his records.
Here is a quick list via Mean Green Sports.
All-Time UNT Rushing Yardage Leader -4224 yards, passing Patrick Cobbs’ 4050.
313 yards is the most in the NCAA this season, also passed Jamario Thomas’ 291 for Sunbelt and North Texas single-game high records.
4224 rushing and 1003 receiving makes LD the sixth player in NCAA history to have 4000 and 1000 respectively.
Tied Cobbs for most 100-yard games in NT history with 21.
It wasn’t all Lance. The defense played amazingly well and James Hamilton also picked up 108 yards. The offensive line, whom LD thanked as he walked off in the third, was amazing and did a lot to help the team tie the all time rushing record at 464 yards.