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North Texas poised for first win at the Alamo Dome

North Texas poised for first win at the Alamo Dome

North Texas poised for first win at the Alamo Dome
November 22
11:30 2018

North Texas (8-3, 4-3 Conference USA) will conclude the 2018 season with a rivalry matchup against the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners (3-8, 2-5 Conference USA). The game will be played at 6:00 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas and will be aired on ESPN+.

The  Roadrunners lead the series 3-2 against North Texas including a perfect 2-0 mark at home. 

North Texas developed a trend in each of their three losses this season with being outscored 49-6 in the second half. They appear to have broken that trend as they were able to hold on to their lead against Florida-Atlantic and win after blowing a 28-0 lead to Old Dominion the week before.

However, Texas-San Antonio is looking to conclude its season with snapping a five-game losing streak. The Roadrunners have been outscored by their last five opponents 17830. During this streak, the Roadrunners have been through a quarterback carousel — four different quarterbacks have started under center so far. These four quarterbacks have collectively tallied only two touchdowns with seven interceptions and 627 total passing yards over five games.

Among the four starting quarterbacks, they have accumulated an average quarterback rating of 16.08 during their five-game losing streak. Texas-San Antonio is currently ranked last in C-USA in total offense this season. They are averaging 13.7 points a game along with 3.7 yards per play on offense as well as 233.6 total yards per game. Texas-San Antonio looks to end the season on a high note for its senior night game despite its recent struggles on offense.

You have to understand your opponent and what they want to accomplish as well as making sure that we do our jobs,” head coach Seth Littrell said. “It’s more about us than it is about them when it comes to rivalry games such as this one.”

Through 11 games, North Texas is averaging 468.9 yards per game, which currently ranks No. 18 in FBS. The Mean Green posted 511 yards of total offense last week in the win over Florida-Atlantic and are averaging 6.27 yards per play.

North Texas had 12 offensive plays of 15 yards or more last week in the win over the Owls. The Mean Green look to continue this offensive success against Texas-San Antonio’s defense which is No. 11 overall in C-USA. The Roadrunners are currently allowing 271.4 yards through the air and have had eight interceptions on the year. They are allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 64.6 percent of their passes and average 9.5 yards per pass.

“I think we’re going to go in there with great energy and just play our game and set a legacy while doing so,” junior quarterback Mason Fine said. “We know we’re going to get [Texas-San Antonio’s] best shot. We’re prepared for it, and we’re just going to play loose and have fun.”

Sophomore running back Deandre Torrey had a career-best performance in North Texas’ win over Florida-Atlantic last week. He rushed 17 times for 184 yards and two total touchdowns and caught two passes for 38 yards, which gave him a career-best 222 all-purpose yards.

Despite this being Torrey’s first season at North Texas, he has established himself as a key component when called upon after redshirt junior running back Loren Easley’s season-ending leg injury. This will be the first time Torrey plays against Texas-San Antonio in his career. Torrey, who is averaging 5.7 yards a carry, will run up against a Texas-San Antonio defense that is No. 7 in C-USA. The Road Runners are allowing only 4 yards per carry to opposing running backs on the season.

“I didn’t think I’d be doing this much this fast, but you had [Loren Easley] go down, so I had to step up and fill the role, Torrey said. “Honestly I don’t see [Texas-San Antonio] as an opponent that we haven’t already played. I respect them, but I don’t really care that we haven’t won in their house. We’re just looking for the win.”

Featured Image: North Texas junior quarterback Mason Fine high fives fans after a victory over Rice on Oct. 27 at Apogee Stadium. Sara Carpenter

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