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Mean Green drops season opener to Texas

Mean Green drops season opener to Texas

Mean Green drops season opener to Texas
August 30
23:51 2014

Akshay Mirchandani / Sports Editor

The Mean Green football team failed to get anything going on offense as they fell to the University of Texas Longhorns 38-7, unable to spoil the debut of new Texas head coach Charlie Strong.

“I don’t know if that was inept, but it was the closest thing to it since I’ve seen in a long time with our program,” head coach Dan McCarney said. “We got a long ways to go with our football team.”

The Mean Green (0-1) offense began the first quarter with three straight three-and-outs. However, the Mean Green defense was solid early as the Longhorns (1-0) were forced to punt on their first drive and missed a field goal at the conclusion of their second. But Texas went on a nine play, 63-yard drive that put them up 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

“We always tell ourselves we’re a championship caliber defense,” senior corner back James Jones said. “That’s what we’re going to keep on preaching. That’s what we practice. You’re going to see us continue to go after the ball, continue to hit hard and continue to cover people.”

The Mean Green offense stalled throughout, and couldn’t find a spark going three-and-out on their first drive of the second quarter. Sophomore quarterback Josh Greer threw an interception with 9:52 left in the first half, which set up another Longhorn touchdown to put them up 14-0.

Junior Andrew McNulty took over at quarterback with 9:07 left in the first half, but the Mean Green went three-and-out again, setting up an eight-play, 53-yard Texas scoring drive. UNT found themselves down 21-0 at halftime and only had 31 yards of total offense.

“We knew they were going to blitz us, we didn’t know that they were going to blitz us like they did,” Greer said. “I think in the first half they said they blitzed us 26 out of 28 plays in the half, and so I guess we could’ve protected that and worked more on that.”

It wouldn’t improve in the second half. The Longhorns went on a nine play, 75-yard drive that was capped off with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Texas junior quarterback David Ash to put Texas up 28-0.

The Mean Green was finally able to get on the board in the fourth quarter when Ash fumbled the ball in the Texas end zone and Jones recovered it for a touchdown. But the Longhorns scored a 34-yard field goal and returned a McNulty interception for a touchdown to go up 38-7.

Both Greer and McNulty combined for three completions, four interceptions and 15 yards. Both quarterbacks were also each sacked twice.

“There wasn’t anybody on offense that looked to me like they played well tonight,” McCarney said. “We’ll watch the tape and we’ll be fair and if there was I apologize to the kid or kids that may have played well, but it didn’t look like it to me.”

The Mean Green will return home to play the Southern Methodist University Mustangs on Sept. 6 at Apogee Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 AM.

Featured Image: Senior linebacker Derek Akunne holds University of Texas running back Malcom Brown at the goal line on Saturday night in Austin. Texas would score a touchdown on the next play. Photo by Edward Balusek – Visuals Editor

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