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Moore drills last-second field goal as North Texas knocks off Army in thriller

Moore drills last-second field goal as North Texas knocks off Army in thriller

November 18
22:31 2017

North Texas and Army tangoed for the third time in 13 months Saturday night in Denton – and the trilogy proved to be even better than December’s sequel at the Heart of Dallas Bowl. With both offenses matching each other score for score, things were all square at 49 with under two minutes remaining.

But in the end, just like they have done all year, the Mean Green (8-3) pulled off another captivating win at home, sneaking past the Black Knights (8-3) 52-49.

The dagger came on a 39-yard game-winning field goal from senior kicker Trevor Moore with five seconds left, and was set up by another clutch drive from sophomore quarterback Mason Fine. Nicknamed ‘chief’ by head coach Seth Littrell, Fine captained yet another game-winning drive, and in doing so, broke the single-season North Texas record for both passing yards and touchdowns.

He is now at 3,198 yards and 26 touchdowns this year after going 24-of-36 for 386 yards and four touchdowns against Army.

His usual explosive target, sophomore receiver Jalen Guyton, left the game right before halftime after taking a vicious shot to the head which was initially called targeting before later being reversed.

In his place, a trio of receivers stepped up to replace the production. Sophomore Rico Bussey caught a team-high seven passes for 85 yards while Michael Lawrence pitched in with four catches for 79 yards and one score.

Senior Turner Smiley was the star of the night on the perimeter, catching three passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns in his final game at Apogee Stadium.

The entire contest was a shootout as both offenses did whatever they wanted for the majority of the game. Army posted 534 yards on the ground, doing almost all of it out of their usual triple-option set. Senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 244 yards on 27 carries, leading the team with two touchdowns.

There were four scoring plays between the two teams in the last 4 minutes and were three lead changes and three ties in the final quarter of play. But Army did not lead at any point Saturday night, as North Texas scored on its opening possession and never allowed the Black Knights to pull ahead.

Senior running back Jeffery Wilson rushed for 79 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns before leaving the game in the opening drive of the fourth quarter with an apparent right leg injury. Wilson was seen in a boot and was on crutches when he returned to the sideline late in the game.

In his place, freshman running back Nic Smith had seven rushes for 35 yards and one touchdown. Also, freshman running back Evan Johnson pitched in with 130 yards on six kick returns, including a 63-yard return early in the second quarter.

With Wilson and Guyton’s statuses unknown heading into next week, the Mean Green were able to pull out their final home game of the year with the help of Fine and the rest of the supporting cast behind two of the stars on the depth chart.

Featured Image: North Texas sophomore quarterback Mason Fine (6) throws a touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Michael Lawrence (32) against Army. Colin Mitchell

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Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune

Matthew Brune is the Senior Sports Writer for the North Texas Daily, covering football and men's basketball.

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