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#Hit6 motto spurs UNT football team toward bowl game

#Hit6 motto spurs UNT football team toward bowl game

#Hit6 motto spurs UNT football team toward bowl game
September 17
11:17 2013

Eshan Azad / Staff Writer 

The last time the Mean Green football team played in a bowl game, it was the winter of 2004. President George W. Bush had just won re-election, Tony Romo was a fourth string quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and the Mean Green football team lost the New Orleans Bowl game to Southern Mississippi University 31-10.

Ready to return, this year’s coaching staff created the motto “hit six” — referring to the number of wins a team needs to be bowl-eligible.

“We started talking about it way back in January,” head coach Dan McCarney said. “In every team I have been around there just has to be something to put your hooks, heart and soul into. That’s what hit six is for us.”

With a 2-1 record, the team is a third of the way there with nine games left in the season.

They defeated the University of Idaho in the season opener and came back from being 18 points behind to beat Ball State University last Saturday.

Although players said this was originally an internal motto, the hashtag “hit6” has caught on with players and fans on Twitter.

More than 150 tweets were sent with the hashtag on Saturday when the Mean Green beat Ball State 34-27, and the use of the hashtag dates back to June.

“The first goal is to get six and then we will take it from there,” senior linebacker Zach Orr said.

Orr said the postseason is very important to him, and that one of the many reasons he came to UNT was to get a chance to play in a bowl game.

As a senior, this is his last year to help UNT make a bowl game.

“This university hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2004, but this is the team that can get us to our goal,” senior quarterback Derek Thompson said.

Thompson said he likes the position the team is in to get six wins. Of the nine games remaining, four games are at home and four are against teams who finished with losing records last season. The Mean Green went 4-8 last year.

“We have a long ways to go,” McCarney said. “But it’s something they (players) play their hearts out for.”

The Mean Green will try to add to its win record on Saturday as the team faces off against the No. 9 ranked team in the country, the University of Georgia, in Athens, GA.

The game will be played at 11:21 CT and can be seen on the SEC Network.

Senior wide receiver Brelan Chancellor narrowly escapes the grips of a Ball State opponent during Saturday afternoon’s game at Apogee Stadium.  Feature photo by Ryan Vance / Intern 

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