The Mean Green played the best team in CUSA's Western division and they results were expected. North Texas hung around for a bit, then the Bulldogs pulled away for their seventh win of the season.
Here's what we saw:
- Mason Fine continues to be a work in progress. Ok, the good, Mason Fine completed 67% of his passes Saturday evening with a touchdown. Fine completed his first 15 passes. From then on Fine completed 8-19. Not bad, but things dropped off quickly. The bad is that Fine continues to display a penchant for throwing interceptions, he threw his fifth on Saturday compared to six touchdowns and he doesn't challenge opposing defenses downfield. Saturday Fine averaged 6.1 yards per attempt.
- If UNT can't run the ball, they have a tough time. Two weeks in a row North Texas has struggled rushing the football and once again the Mean Green found themselves unable to generate enough offense to keep pace. In UNT's four wins, the Mean Green have run for 998 yards at an average of 5.4 yards a carry. In their five losses, they've run for 309 yards and 2.1 yards per carry. Yesterday the Mean Green managed just 82 yards at 2.7 yards per attempt.
- The Dash for Cash will be difficult. Two weeks ago the Mean Green were 4-3, coming off a stretch of three wins in four games. Now North Texas is riding a two game losing streak including a tough loss at UTSA. Are there two wins and a bowl birth in their future? A road trip to Western Kentucky is tough but USM at home looks more winnable every week. It could all come down to the season finale at UTEP. Six wins and a bowl game would be a monumental achievement for this team.
The Mean Green travel to juggernaut Western Kentucky next week.