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NT 21 KSU 35

And so it goes. As I said in the first half recap,

Kansas State came into this game as a 28.5-point favorite. Here at MGN HQ there wasn’t the same feeling of resignation going into Manhattan as there was going into Baton Rouge. This isn’t just because BR is a crazy, scary place as it is that K-State isn’t a scary team.

My favorite play of the game probably was this:

Other than that, the team was undone largely by self-inflicted wounds. That blocked kick? 3 points. That missed extra point? 1 point. That KO return? 7 points.

How about those calls that gave two touchdowns to K-State?

Eh. No one wants to play the what-if game. It hurts too much. This was a winnable game that could have been a really special night. For those of you looking for progress? We didn’t allow 40 points against a top-15 ranked opponent for the first time in forever.

Let’s see. How about Antoinne Jimmerson showing his shiftiness? Dude is a playmaker. How about the offensive line? How about the defense holding that K-State machine to long enough to make an upset seem possible? How about the offense looking capable?

Seriously, a slightly more explosive offense, with a slightly more stout defense (maybe with Chad Polk, Jeremy Phillips and a couple of other injured guys) we could have had ourselves a game.

Of course, the most terrible phase was the third phase: special teams. Two missed kicks and a TD allowed.

Whatevs. As much as we’d love for a dramatic turn around from those terrible Dodge years, we’ll have to just be patient. Former players, older fans, and anyone who saw the team “play” under that regime notice the huge change and recognize the difference. This team plays like a real college football team as was so aptly put by @martinezgrl during the game.

Every game has gone according to the script. Losses to the two ranked teams and a win against the Texas Southern.

We still have an entire Sun Belt slate to face and outside of that ULM squad that is giving the SEC West fits, I don’t see a team that I think is out-and-out better than this team.

Troy, who comes to Apogee next week, has been the class of the league for the last few years. It’ll be a good test to begin the real season.

Player of the Game: Brelan Chancellor/Ivan Delgado/Offensive Line/Antoinne Jimmerson. I honestly can’t choose between them.

Play of the night: Deuce Deuce with the cutback. So shifty.

Tweet of the night:

 

Why? Well because that let me know the A&M-SMU terribleness was over and the game was on.

Frustrated fan of the night: Chad Polk. Dude really wanted to be out there.

Issue of the night: It was between the refs sucking and Marcus Allen not knowing we are North Texas and not North Texas State. Twitter let him know what is what though.

Stat of the night: 21 points. We scored 14 against LSU and now 21 against #15 Kansas State. We had 34 in that warm-up game against TSU where the passing game was basically non-existant. I think we can hit 40 vs Troy. #drinkingthekoolaidalready

PS: If you can tweet your pictures of you and your buddies in your UNT game day gear I can keep this little collage bit running. Thaaaaanks.

Go Mean Green.

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NT 7 KSU 14 Halftime

Kansas State came into this game as a 28.5-point favorite. Here at MGN HQ there wasn’t the same feeling of resignation going into Manhattan as there was going into Baton Rouge. This isn’t just because BR is a crazy, scary place as it is that K-State isn’t a scary team.

The team so far hasn’t looked scared or intimidated either. The defense came out and bottled up the Wildcat offense and forced a three-and-out. Then they offense ran the ball up the middle deliberately en route to an easy Brelan (BRELAN!) TD on a jet-sweep. It was the kind of thing that you hope happens but seemingly never does.

The bad news: K-State’s Lockett returned the ensuing kick 96-yards to tie. After a punt by the good guys, K-State started moving the ball easily. Marcus Trice, after getting penalized for a horse-collar, stripped the ball away. The next play, Antoinne Jimmerson took it 45-yards. Unfortunately, the run-game sputtered and Danny Mac got real conservative and elected to kick from the 28. It was blocked (easily). KSU then scored quickly on a Colin Klein 38-yd pass to Tramaine Thompson.

The momentum was shifting back to K-State after a three-and-out, but Will Wright stole it back with a sweet interception. Even though the offense kind of sputtered with just :47

Things to remember:

  • KSU got away with a couple blatant facemasks including one on Thompson that would have extended a drive deep into Wildcat territory.
  • Running game is very solid. All three backs are running well. Line is clearing big holes.
  • Derek Thompson is passing well, and Ivan Delgado is catching everything.
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UNT v Grambling Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

They won’t be bringing this guy

UNT is 5-1, Grambling is 1-5. The Sun Belt is 130-26 against the SWAC since 1980.

All signs point to a win, no?

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UNT 41 – Kansas State 49 in Fouts Finale; McCarney is the Head Coach

If you believe Vito, Dan McCarney is the head coach of North Texas football.

Hooray?

It is mighty tempting to wish Mike Canales would stay. Listening to his post-game interview, he certainly sounded like a guy that wanted to be here. That means a lot, though apparently not enough for AD Rick Villarreal. Sounding hoarse, from screaming out instructions to his team in tightly contested game on chilly Saturday afternoon, Canales professed his love for North Texas, his love for, and belief in, ‘the kids.’  These last five games have not been obviously impressive. You have to compare them to the poor play under Dodge to appreciate the changes that were made. Isn’t that what we want? A coach that can coach? A guy that puts us in a position to win, promotes the program and gets the guys to buy in? Yes to all of those. Canales sure looks like he could build/rebuild a program.

McCarney has already done so.  There is no doubt Chuck Neinas had a mandate to find a coach that had a successful resume in leading a program. How was RV going to sell another (kind of) unproven coach to the donors?

It sucks. For Canales and for those who were rooting for him. He had five games to prove himself, he did admirably and won over more than his fair share of supporters. If circumstances were different we might be discussing how he was going to continue his nice little run into next year. As it is, we will be discussing how Dan McCarney is going to carry on the good things Canales has put in place.

The game:

Non-conference games are an oddity so late in the season. Even more odd was seeing a BCS school lining up. All that oddity might have had something to do with that weird game.

Then again, probably not. K-State was only favored by 14.5, in a 6-5 season in which their defense was porous. Sure, they started out 5-1, but one of those was against an FCS squad and the teams they played weren’t all that great. A big win against Texas probably will be the most memorable thing about this transition season.

Canales thought that UNT would be able to run on them. He was right. Oh was he right. Lance Dunbar was beasting ’em in the first half, racking up 182 yards and three scores on 10 carries. The problem is that we could only run. After halftime, the next five or so runs by LD were little or no gains. This was due to a) some halftime adjustments/ass chewing by KSU coaching b) KSU defense jumping on the run. This was a perfect time to play-action and throw deep. Sure, Riles doesn’t have a Vick-like arm to chuck it 67 yards in the air. He does have enough on those passes to get it over the safeties if they sneak up. I’ll leave it at that considering it isn’t Mike Canales’ job to correct that anymore.

It was the inability to do anything other than block for Lance and get sacked that sullied a decent performance by the defense. NT came up with two huge stops in their own territory right before the half that were quickly wasted. Wasted because we couldn’t get a first down. They nearly had a third stop on the TD pass by Coffman before the half that he snuck in the back of the end-zone on fourth down.

It showed in the beginning of the second half. After enough looks at how UNT was defending and UNT being on the field so much in such a short time, it was not surprising to see K-State do well in the third quarter.

Not counting the kickoff return, they had three scoring drives in the second half. All of those were in said third quarter. Given some support on offense — a couple three minute drives and a field goal or two — I have to think that this eight point loss could very well have been an eight point win.

Also, Danny Mac? Let’s get Lance some support next season, huh?

Other: 

Riley Dodge’s thumbs-up and eagle claw to the crowd almost made The Woman cry. “It was so sad! He’s like Tiny Tim! Like the run of our litter.” She was totally not being mean when she said this.

Entire State of Kansas at Fouts
Entire State of Kansas at Fouts

There was a nice little family of obnoxious Wildcat fans behind me in section A. I don’t mind heckling. Really I don’t. In fact, I spend the first quarter loudly ‘explaining’ how K-State came to be 6-5 and Bill Snyder the head coach again.  The sucky thing is that it is kind of hard to say anything when they are up 17. Even then, if it didn’t feel like a road game they could have been drowned out a little. My point is this: GO TO THE FUCKIN GAMES! Tickets are cheap. I paid $35 for these seats. That is it. The K-State guy next to me said Big XII(ten) games are $70-$80. Don’t go for fun, or family, or to support the team, go because dammit I don’t want to be the only one at them.

One more Kansas State Picture
One more Kansas State Picture

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UNT and Conference Realignment from around the Internet

Vito does a good job of breaking down how and why we would go about convincing conferences that we are worth picking up.

It is not news that our conference could use some closer rivals and/or more prestige. Conference USA has a couple of Texas teams. That would be sweetness if we joined up with them.

However, we are not in a position of strength, no matter the improvement we’ve made in facilities and basketball.

Eagletalk breaks down what the official website said vs something or other (I skimmed it. I was watching the World Cup–gimme a break).

From what I can tell, some combination of Big XII South teams will break off and join the (current) Pac-11. A&M may or may not join the SEC (good move in my opinion– at the very least culturally). CUSA and the Big East, desperate to fight off the impending new round of expansion by the Big Ten(twelve) in the coming 6-12 months is going to try to raid the leftovers of the Big XII. They have stated as much.

That’s where we have a shot. With conferences looking to grow to behemoth-size, we have a shot to join one of those new large, lesser conferences like the Conference US-East, or Big Conference East USA.

Whatever. As long as we get some good teams coming through Denton, I am happy.

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Watching the Tourney- North Texas Loses 62-82

I’ll be cracking lame jokes on Twitter

Check back for updates on the biggest game in UNT history!

Their defense was beastly. We couldn’t get a shot off that wasn’t by Tristan Thompson or Odufuwa. We needed a guy that could cash some threes to open it up (like Clemente’s speed and shooting did) and get some points.

So that is that.

Still, it was an amazing season. If that 2007 tourney trip got us the talent we have now, I hope this year’s run and record setting number of wins does the same.

gmg.