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Mean Green to face Louisiana Tech on short rest

Mean Green to face Louisiana Tech on short rest

September 09
21:01 2014

Akshay Mirchandani / Sports Editor

The Mean Green football team is set to take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Sept. 11 at Apogee Stadium. The game will be five days removed from UNT’s 43-6 blowout win over Southern Methodist University.

“We’re 1-1, we’re .500. There’s nobody running around here patting ourselves on the back,” head coach Dan McCarney said. “It was a good win, it was an important win for our program and our season, but we got a long ways to go and this is a team that continues to be in development.”

This game will be the first Conference USA matchup for the Mean Green this season. They won’t play another conference game until Oct. 11, so this game carries a lot of importance for the team.

“Nonconference play is good. It really helps your team to see where you’re standing,” sophomore quarterback Josh Greer said. “But conference play is where it all really matters. We really want to win a conference championship and this is where it starts.”

After mustering 94 yards of total offense against the University of Texas, the Mean Green bounced back against SMU with 353 yards of total offense, including 245 rushing yards.

“We locked in on our game plan and we really focused in on the things we needed to improve from the first week to the second week,” senior offensive lineman Cyril Lemon said.

However, despite a better performance by the offense, McCarney said there is still room for improvement. Despite scoring 43 points, 15 of those came off of five field goals by freshman kicker Trevor Moore when the offense struggled in the red zone.

“The good news is that we were 100 percent in the red zone with our offense. We have to get points when we get in the red zone. The bad news is that we want to get more touchdowns than field goals,” McCarney said.

La. Tech is coming off a 48-20 win over the University of Louisiana-Lafayette on the road in which their offense had 533 total yards. However, the Mean Green defense is coming off a stellar performance against SMU in which they forced five turnovers and scored once.

“Our MVP was the entire defense,” McCarney said. “We didn’t give it to any one guy. It was hard to pick out one person when you play that well on defense. So our MVPs were all the guys that played in that game that had a significant contribution to the end results of that game.”

Kickoff for Thursday’s game is set for 7:00 PM and can be viewed on CBS College Sports.

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