Quick Recap: North Texas 21 Ohio 27 — 9.7.13

North Texas was the underdog and lost. No surprises, right? Well after a good offensive outing against Idaho last week, we all were considering this match up a winnable game. The spread fell to 4 points by last night. It all seemed possible.

So what happened? Disaster? Same ol’ North Texas? Nope. The Mean Green scrapped their way back into the game from a 21-7 hole to a 21-21 tie early in the fourth. Later they put themselves in position to win with 1:23 left and the length of the field to go. It isn’t the most ideal of situations, but as I mentioned on twitter, it’s a chance and that is all you can ask for. As it happens, Derek threw his second interception that ended the comeback and the game.

Derek Thompson played poorly. He was not as sharp or as decisive as he was against Idaho. Fun fact: Neither was Tyler Tettleton.

Which QB is which?

QB C/ATT Yds Avg TD INT Rtg
QB1 19/30 239 8.0 2 2 46.1 QBR (ESPN)
QB2 19/29 195 6.7 2 2 55 QBR (ESPN)

If you followed the game then you know the answer is that QB1 is Tyler Tettleton and QB2 is Derek Thompson. Kind of changes the narrative a bit doesn’t it? It can be argued that the run game was the real culprit here. Less than 3.0 ypc? For a run-first team?

The biggest takeaway (buzzword!) is that we hung in with the MAC’s best on their field, in front of a packed house, and nearly stole the game away. Were it not for a pick-six, and two fumbles we might be celebrating the first 2-0 start since 1994. It was a missed opportunity, but wasn’t the same ol’ North Texas way. This wasn’t a blow-out. This wasn’t an embarrassment. It was just a loss against a good team.

Random thoughts as I recover from drinking Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout:

  • Our coaches wearing black while Ohio was donning all-black uniforms was strange.

  • A week removed from the dark green jerseys and I already miss them. The light green thing we are going with isn’t my favorite. Still would love the diving eagle — the son of worm aka SOW– on the helmet.

  • The Vaas guy. He sure had a northeast accent. McCaahnee. So many lulz.

  • Twitter was poppin’. It is my favorite place to watch the game. Mean Green Nation — the concept and the twitter handle –> @MeanGreenNation is growing and it is cool. For all the knocks the school takes for having underperforming name athletic programs, the school pride is growing from when I was a freshman. Awesome.

  • CUSA had a bad week. Losses to Sunbelt teams, New Mexico, and just poor games. The brightest spot may have been UTSA hanging with Okie State and dropping 35(!) on them . . . that is until I saw that Sam Houston State did practically the same thing to A&M in College Station. Looks like those two teams just have porous defenses.

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Go Mean Green.