What we Saw: Middle Tennessee 30 North Texas 13

North Texas took on eastern division favorite Middle Tennessee at Apogee Stadium Saturday night. The Mean Green trailed by six at the break, 13-7, but the Blue Raiders boat raced UNT in the second half. 

Here's what we saw...

Mason Fine Continues to Impress

For the second week in a row Mason Fine showed why Seth Littrell chose to turn to a true freshman to lead the Mean Green. Fine threw for 303 yards, completing 61% of his 54 passes. Fine did all that without the benefit of a run game. More on that later.

In Fine's last two games, both conference starts against Rice and MTSU he's a combined 50-83 for 527 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. 

The Run Game Was...Difficult

North Texas ran for a whopping 5 yards. That's five. 5 yards on 22 carries. The usually reliable Jeffrey Wilson ran for 24 yards on 10 carries. All this comes a week after the rushing attack keyed a comeback against Rice. North Texas' offensive line continues to be a work in progress, allowing four sacks and failing to establish the line of scrimmage. 

Kishawn McClain is Good

You need to familiarize yourself with Mr. McLain. He leads the Mean Green in tackles, interceptions, and passes defensed. The junior from Rosenberg Terry is tied for the CUSA lead with three picks.

The Mean Green welcome Marshall (1-3) to Apogee next week. 

Posted on October 2, 2016 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.