Mean Green finish home schedule with win against Owls

Mean Green finish home schedule with win against Owls

Mean Green finish home schedule with win against Owls
November 16
14:49 2018

North Texas (8-3, 4-3 Conference USA) came out on top against the Florida Atlantic Owls (5-6, 3-4 Conference USA) in its last home game of the 2018 season with a final score of 41-38. North Texas is now No. 3 in Conference USA West behind Louisiana Tech and Alabama-Birmingham.

The Mean Green got on the board first, after a nine-play drive for 75 yards that culminated in a  Mason Fine 13-yard passing touchdown to running back Deandre Torrey. The scoring drive consisted of two big catches by wide receiver Jalen Guyton who contributed 40 receiving yards to the 75-yard offensive drive.

Florida-Atlantic did not respond with a score of their own after failing to convert on fourth down at midfield. North Texas’ next drive would result in a 38-yard field goal by Cole Hedlund making the score 10-0 with North Texas in the lead.

The Owl’s two-headed running attack in Devin Singletary and Kerrith Whyte, Jr. had yet to have a big run or score a touchdown. The Mean Green offense continued their offensive success on their third offensive drive. Mason Fine became the all-time leader in total offense in North Texas football history after completing a pass to wide receiver Cudjoe Young.

Fine then hooked up with wide receiver Jalen Guyton three yards out for a touchdown, making the score 17-0 North Texas.

The Owls answered with Chris Robison throwing a 56-yard strike to tight end Harrison Bryant for their first touchdown of the game. The score was 17-7 with North Texas leading at the end of the first quarter.

Devin Singletary punched it in for a one-yard touchdown score. Owls safety Rashad Smith picked off Mason Fine on the first play in North Texas territory. Kerrith Whyte, Jr. ran it in for a 29-yard touchdown making the score 21-20. The Owls went into halftime leading by a score of 21-20.

North Texas received the ball to start the second half, but Mason Fine was intercepted again. This time by safety Ocie Rose.

That was the first game this season Mason Fine threw two picks in a game. The Owls responded by increasing their lead with a 31-yard field goal from Vladimir Rivas, making the score 24-20. The next offensive drive Mason Fine went down with a left wrist injury and was taken to the locker room.

Fine’s was injured with gash in his left wrist which was stitched up before he returned to the sideline.

“At first my whole hand was hurting, so I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Fine said. “The doctors did a good job taking care of me and eventually got me some stitches, so I was ready to go.”

Senior quarterback Quinn Shanbour took the reins for the North Texas offense and found the end zone for a five-yard rushing touchdown on his first drive. North Texas retook the lead with the score being 27-24 early in the third quarter.

The following Florida-Atlantic drive was interrupted by cornerback Nate Brooks as he picked off Chris Robison for his first pick of the game and his fifth on the year. Shanbour scored again with his legs from 18 yards out for a touchdown. The score was 34-24 with North Texas in the lead with 6 minutes to go in the third quarter.

“I’m so excited for Quinn,” head coach Seth Littrell said. “He’s a great teammate and leader, and he doesn’t get enough credit for all the things he has don. Those touchdowns were huge. He executed what was asked of him and he played phenomenally.”

Singletary and Whyte, Jr. ran for 55 yards the following drive on their way to a touchdown by Singletary from eight yards out. North Texas’ lead was cut down to just three as the score was 34-31 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Florida-Atlantic missed a potential game-tying 41-yard field goal. Later in the fourth Fine returned to the field after receiving treatment for his wrist injury.

Torrey scored a 92-yard touchdown, pushing the Mean Green’s lead to 10 as the score was now 41-31. The Owls responded with a 55-yard passing touchdown to Jovon Durante to trim their deficit to three.

North Texas safety Khairi Muhammad finished the game with a late fourth quarter interception, putting the final score at 41-38.

“We were running a zone coverage, and I told him I had the flats and to just stay inside and he jumped the pass and made a huge play,” senior corner Nate Brooks said.

The Mean Green will conclude their regular season at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 in San Antonio against the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners.

Featured Image: North Texas sophomore Quarterback Mason Fines (left) celebrates with sophomore running back Deandre Torrey (right) during the game against Florida Atlantic. Jessika Hardy

 

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