Football team dominated by Iowa, drops third straight game

Football team dominated by Iowa, drops third straight game

North Texas senior wide reciever Carlos Harris (9) runs into the endzone for a touchdown against Rice on September 19. Dylan Nadwodny | Intern Photographer

Football team dominated by Iowa, drops third straight game
September 26
18:32 2015

Reece Waddell | Senior Staff Writer

@ReeceTapout15

It was not a happy homecoming for North Texas head coach Dan McCarney and senior quarterback Andrew McNulty, as the Mean Green (0-3. 0-1) fell on the road Saturday to the University of Iowa by a final score of 62-16.

On their first drive of the game, the Hawkeyes (4-0, 0-0) marched the ball down the field against the depleted North Texas defense, as senior running back Jordan Canzeri plowed into the end-zone for his first of four rushing touchdowns on the day. Canzeri finished with 22 carries, 115 yards and four touchdowns, tying a school record for rushing scores.

“We lost a game to a heck of a football team,” McCarney said. “At times we did some good things, especially running the ball, but obviously some miscues and mistakes with throwing the ball and it got out of hand in the second half. I believe we will unite around this, because we don’t like to lose.”

McNulty was the owner of two of those miscues, fumbling the ball near midfield and tossing an interception that Iowa would return for a touchdown.

The senior quarterback had a much improved second game of the season last week, but he was generally unable to get anything going offensively. He finished the day 14 for 36 with 137 yards and an interception.

North Texas’ only touchdown of the game came midway through the second quarter when the offense dialed up some trickery. McNulty took the snap on a jet sweep, tossing it to senior wide receiver Carlos Harris who then threw it six yards to senior tight end Chris Loving for the touchdown.

Despite the offensive struggles, Iowa allowed the Mean Green to gain the most yards on the ground against them all season. In fact, the Hawkeyes came into the game ranked fifth in the country in rushing yards allowed per game at 51. North Texas ran for 183 against them.

“Definitely, I think we did some good things running the ball today,” McCarney said. “We want to continue to do that, and it was good to see against such a good team we played today.”

North Texas went into halftime trailing 35-13 and were again outscored in the second half. Iowa outscored McCarney’s squad 27-3 in the final two quarters, a statistic that proved to be costly for the Mean Green. The Hawkeyes dropped 60 points on an opponent for the first time since a 1986 win against the University of Texas El Paso.

“They make it tough on opponents,” McCarney said. “But that isn’t an excuse for the score today. We didn’t finish the game the way we needed to.”

North Texas travels to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to take on the University of Southern Mississippi next week. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3rd.

Featured Image: North Texas senior wide receiver Carlos Harris (9) runs into the endzone for a touchdown against Rice on Sept. 19. Dylan Nadwodny | Intern Photographer

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  1. JDC
    JDC September 30, 16:17

    McCarney once again has mislead the School; Students & Alumni with void promises to win games. The school has invested too much money and we are not getting a good rate-of-return. The formula is simple – supply & demand. Supply us with wins and we will buy tickets to the games. It is time for changes on the field and maybe starting on the top with the AD and Coaches and working our way down. Just ask UT fans. In the real business world changes would have already been made on behalf of the stockholders. Let’s get real people.

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