Despite 14-point rally, UNT football falls to Ohio

Despite 14-point rally, UNT football falls to Ohio

Despite 14-point rally, UNT football falls to Ohio
September 08
19:03 2013

Brett Medeiros / Senior Staff Writer

UNT fans will have to wait at least one more year for the Mean Green football team to have its first 2-0 record since 1994.

Turnovers were the story of the game as the Mean Green (1-1) lost its first game of the season to the University of Ohio, 27-21.

“I saw some critical errors and big mistakes on our part,” head coach Dan McCarney said. “Everybody is going to learn from this game.”

In the first quarter, Ohio took control of the game on the first play of the game. Senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton connected with wide receiver junior Chase Cochran for an 80-yard touchdown to take an immediate 7-0 lead.

Due to turnovers, the Mean Green struggled during the first half of the game. An intercepted pass thrown by senior quarterback Derek Thompson was returned for a touchdown by Ohio, giving the Bobcats a 21-7 advantage at halftime. The interception was Thompson’s first of the season.

In the first half, the Mean Green offense had seven opportunities to convert a third down and failed on each attempt. UNT also lost two fumbles during the game.

In the second half, UNT’s offense came alive with two touchdown passes from Thompson helped tie up the game with 12:51 left in the final quarter. The Mean Green received a boost from senior receiver Darnell Smith, who finished the game with nine catches for 89 yards and the game-tying touchdown catch.

“I was told that the ball was coming to me so I had to make a a big play for my team,” Smith said. “When we are down like that it was up to me to be a big play maker.”

But despite the halftime surge, Ohio was able to outlast the Mean Green with two field goals in the fourth quarter to pick up its first win of the season.

“It’s tough, especially when you’ve prepared and you have come back in a game like we did in the second half,” senior defensive back Marcus Trice said. “We gave it everything we got and sell out for the team and that makes it even more tough.”

The Mean Green will head back home to face Ball State University (2-0) on Sept. 14 at Apogee Stadium. The game kicks off at 3 p.m.

Feature photo courtesy of meangreensports.com

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