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With victory at Army, North Texas football two wins from bowl game

With victory at Army, North Texas football two wins from bowl game

October 22
15:33 2016

Blustery New York weather conditions and the second best defense in the nation did not do much to stop North Texas football at Army West Point on Saturday afternoon.

The Mean Green (4-3, 2-1) defeated Army (4-3) 35-18, marking the first time in program history the team won at West Point. It was also the first time North Texas has won back-to-back road games since its 2013 campaign.

“They did a great job all night,” head coach Seth Littrell said. “They’ve been working against the triple option and these coaches have done a great job with these young men.”

The first half was slow for both sides, as the Mean Green managed minus two yards on the ground.

But junior defensive back Eric Jenkins and junior running back Jeffery Wilson took over in the second half. Jenkins forced and recovered a fumble, and ran back an interception for a touchdown in the first half while Wilson rushed for 160 yards to go along with three scores.

Wilson now has 12 touchdowns on the year, tied for seventh nationally.

He’s a special player, and a special kid,” Littrell said. “We need to do a better job of giving him more chances.”

Army sputtered out of the gate with a turnover on its third play from scrimmage, which became a recurring theme throughout the game. The Black Knights turned the ball over seven times in the loss.

North Texas’ defense rendered Army’s triple option offense nearly useless, as no Black Knight rusher finished with 100 yards.

Army got the scoring started on a nine-yard touchdown rush from sophomore running back Darnell Wollfolk. Moments later, North Texas answered with a 34-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Mason Fine to sophomore receiver Terian Goree. It was Goree’s first touchdown catch of the year.

The defense continued to shine in the first half, as the defense put points on the board with a tip-drill pick-six from Jenkins, his second pick-six in as many quarters.

North Texas junior defensive back Eric Jenkins (2) returns an interception for a touchdown against Marshall. Colin Mitchell

North Texas junior defensive back Eric Jenkins (2) returns an interception for a touchdown against Marshall. Colin Mitchell

The two defenses traded blows in the second quarter, as North Texas held Army to a field goal, entering the locker room at halftime leading 14-10.

The Mean Green opened the second half with a bang via the legs of the offensive man of the afternoon. Wilson scampered 41 yards to the house to put North Texas on top 21-10.

Army’s struggles to protect the football lingered, as the Black Nights fumble in the third quarter, a turnover North Texas capitalized on.

The Mean Green added another touchdown run from Wilson, but the Black Knights pulled to within 10 after a touchdown and two-point conversion.

That was the last time Army scored, however, as the Black Knights shot itself in the foot again. Jenkins forced yet another fumble, and Wilson capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run to put the Mean Green up 35-18. Senior safety James Gray picked off junior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw to seal the win.

With the victory, North Texas improves to 3-0 this season when scoring 21 points or more and are two wins away from being eligible for a bowl game.

Next up: The Mean Green travel to take on the University of Texas at San Antonio at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Featured Image: North Texas junior running back Jeffery Wilson (26) runs the sideline against MTSU. Colin Mitchell

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  1. Robin Franke
    Robin Franke October 22, 17:37

    This program has come a long way. I would love for Navy to meet up with the Mean Green more often. Last time we played was 2007 and that has been too long.

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