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Road woes continue for McCarney, football team

Road woes continue for McCarney, football team

Head Coach Dan McCarney is displeased with UNT's performance after the loss to SMU.

Road woes continue for McCarney, football team
September 12
23:38 2015

Reece Waddell | Senior Staff Writer


Not good enough.

That was the message from players and coaches after North Texas was bounced by Southern Methodist University in its season opener Saturday night by a final score of 31-13.

Mean Green Head Coach Dan McCarney’s road woes continued, as the loss dropped McCarney’s career road record at UNT to 6-21 and left the fourth year head coach displeased after the game.

“We didn’t play well enough,” McCarney said. “Too many mistakes, too many turnovers. I don’t need to tell you guys that turning the ball over that much causes you to lose. Give credit to Chad Morris and SMU. They’ve come a hell of a long way and played a great game.”

The Mean Green struggled offensively from the outset, failing to score touchdowns on two golden opportunities inside the red-zone. SMU also nearly doubled North Texas’ offensive output, posting 444 total yards to the Mean Green’s 240. Senior quarterback Andrew McNulty, who finished the night 16 for 34 with 128 yards and 2 interceptions, shouldered much of the blame.

“Not good enough,” McNulty said. “We lost the game. My only goal stepping on the field every day is to put our team in a position to win, and I didn’t do that tonight.”

The Mean Green did little to keep the Mustangs guessing, running the ball on first and second down, saving passes for third down and long. Even in long distance situations, North Texas seemed hesitant to put the ball in McNulty’s hands, throwing short passes to the flat or keeping it on the ground.

“Andrew didn’t play well enough tonight,” McCarney said. “He knows that. But then again, I don’t think anyone on offense play well enough tonight.”

SMU Quarterback Matt Davis picked up right where he left off last week against No. 4 Baylor, accounting for each of the Mustangs touchdowns. Davis ended the night 17 of 24 with 171 passing yards and two touchdowns. He added two more touchdowns on the ground on 125 yards from scrimmage, torching the Mean Green on almost every play.

“Missed tackles,” junior linebacker Fred Scott. “Mental errors and missed tackles. That’s all it was.”

The bright spot of the night was North Texas’ defense, which stonewalled SMU three times inside the five yard line. Despite the three trips, the Mustangs only came away with three points.

The defense also recovered three fumbles on the night, but were generally unable to capitalize on any of them, a flaw which proved to be fatal for the Mean Green.

“Any time you have those opportunities you have to score points,” McNulty said. “Every time you get in the red zone you have to score points, we didn’t score enough tonight.”

Featured Image: Mean Green Head Coach Dan McCarney is displeased with UNT’s performance after the loss to SMU. Ryan Vance | Senior Staff Photographer

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