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Western Kentucky spoils Canales’ 2015 debut, beats North Texas 55-28

Western Kentucky spoils Canales’ 2015 debut, beats North Texas 55-28

North Texas junior quarterback DaMarcus Smith (10) looks left after the snap before he threw a touchdown pass to Carlos Smith against WKU. Colin Mitchell | Intern Photographer

Western Kentucky spoils Canales’ 2015 debut, beats North Texas 55-28
October 16
00:05 2015

Reece Waddell | Senior Staff Writer

The Mean Green football team fell to Western Kentucky University, the top team in Conference USA, on Thursday night by a final score of 55-28 at Apogee Stadium.

North Texas (0-6, 0-3) showed signs of life for part of the night with new junior starting quarterback DaMarcus Smith at the helm. The junior college transfer completed 17 of his 35 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns while flashing his elusiveness avoiding sacks, something the Mean Green have struggled with all season. He also rushed for 122 yards.

But despite the new man under center, it was not enough, as the Hilltoppers (6-1, 4-0), led by senior starting quarterback Brandon Doughty navigated the Western Kentucky squad to victory.

The Hilltoppers came into the contest ranked third in the nation in passing offense, averaging just over 10 yards per reception. Doughty and his receivers showed why, as the senior finished the night 26 of 37 for 350 yards and four touchdowns.

WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty (12) looks for an open receiver after the snap. Doughty had 350 passing yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Colin Mitchell | Intern Photographer

WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty (12) looks for an open receiver after the snap. Doughty had 350 passing yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Colin Mitchell | Intern Photographer

It was a tall task for the Mean Green defense to contain Western Kentucky, as Canales’ squad entered the game ranked near the bottom of the Football Bowl Subdivision in nearly every defensive category.

The North Texas offense, on the other hand, were able to make some plays downfield, particularly in the passing game, despite struggling mightily in that department before the start of the night.

The first big play came when Smith connected with junior wide receiver Tee Goree for his first career touchdown reception. The freshman had to adjust to the ball in mid-air to haul in the pass, which could just have easily been intercepted.

Western Kentucky looked poised to take a big lead into halftime, but Smith led the Mean Green quickly down the field to give North Texas a shot at one last heave to the end zone.

The prayer was answered, as Smith took a five step drop and threw across the field to junior wide receiver Darvin Kidsy, who was wide open near the pylon for the North Texas touchdown. That cut the halftime deficit for the Mean Green to 34-14.

Unfortunately for the Mean Green, the 46 yard strike to end the first half would be all it could muster, as Western Kentucky completely blew the game open in the third quarter. The Hilltoppers scored two more touchdowns to run ahead to a 34 point lead entering the final frame.

It would be Hilltopper running back Anthony Wales to put the final nail in the North Texas coffin, as he scampered in for touchdown runs of eight and one yard, extending the Western Kentucky lead to 55-14 and ultimately putting the game out of reach.

Up Next: North Texas travels to Huntington, West Virginia to take on the University of Marshall on Saturday, October 24. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.

Featured Image: North Texas junior quarterback DaMarcus Smith (10) looks left after the snap before he threw a touchdown pass to Carlos Smith against WKU. Colin Mitchell | Intern Photographer

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