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Football team loses to Middle Tennessee, goes winless on the road in 2015

Football team loses to Middle Tennessee, goes winless on the road in 2015

Football team loses to Middle Tennessee, goes winless on the road in 2015
November 21
16:58 2015

Reece Waddell | Senior Staff Writer

@ReeceTapout15

The North Texas football team traveled to Murfreesboro, Tennessee Saturday and fell to Middle Tennessee State University 41-7.

The Blue Raiders (6-5, 5-2) jumped on the Mean Green (1-10, 1-6) from the outset, taking an early 14-0 lead on the back of a standout performance from freshman quarterback Brent Stockstill, who finished the day 27 of 38 for 322 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

For North Texas, the loss clinched the team’s fourth double-digit loss in the last 10 seasons.

Middle Tennessee got on the board first when junior quarterback Austin Grammer rumbled in from 19 yards out to put the Blue Raiders up 7-0. Unfortunately the Mean Green offense struggled all game and failed to sustain drives, squandering several chances to put points on the board.

“We can’t miss opportunities like that,” interim head coach Mike Canales said. “The missed field goal, and then we get the opportunity on the turnover and turn the ball right back over.”

The game on Saturday was the team’s third consecutive road game, and Canales said being away from home obviously impacted the outcome.

“Three weeks in a row on the road really took its toll,” Canales said. “There’s no excuse. We have to take care of the football, and we didn’t do it today.”

Junior quarterback DaMarcus Smith had North Texas’ only touchdown when he found the end zone from a yard out to cut the Blue Raider lead to 21-7. He finished the game 10 of 17 for 80 yards and an interception.

Middle Tennessee continued to pour it on before the first half ended as Stockstill accounted for three more touchdowns to give the Blue Raiders a 31-7 halftime lead.

Things did not get any easier for Canales’ squad in the second half, as the Mean Green were shut out and surrendered 10 points in the third quarter to make it 41-7, the final score of the game.

“We couldn’t stop their offense,” Canales said. “It was a long week for us. I’m disappointed.”

The Blue Raiders racked up 494 total yards of offense in the win and were also extremely disciplined, taking one penalty for the entirety of the game. With the win, Middle Tennessee became bowl-eligible and got a non-losing record of above .500.

North Texas will play its final game of the season Saturday, Nov. 28 at Apogee Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.

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