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UTSA’s dream of unbeaten season crushed in rout at North Texas
UTSA (11-1, 7-1 Conference USA) will still play for the C-USA championship against Marshall or Western Kentucky at 6 p.m. Friday in the Alamodome, but the dreams of an unbeaten season and a national ranking are no more.
With temperatures in the low 50s at kickoff and a light but steady rainfall through the afternoon, UTSA fumbled five times in the first half, giving away three.
The lopsided possession count helped North Texas (6-6, 5-3) establish a punishing run game, as the Mean Green finished with 60 carries for 340 yards.
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UTSA’s offense struggled find a footing in the conditions, limited to just 70 yards in the air through three quarters. With quarterback Frank Harris seemingly banged up late in the second quarter, Josh Adkins took the reins to open the second half as Harris watched from the sideline in uniform with an orange poncho and a towel draped over his head.
After North Texas drove for a field goal on the game’s opening possession, UTSA’s Dadrian Taylor fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Mean Green kicker Ethan Mooney jumped on it to give UNT possession at UTSA’s 26-yard line. A 2-yard touchdown run from DeAndre Torrey staked the Mean Green to a 10-0 lead before the Roadrunners offense had taken the field.
UTSA put up its first points on a field goal with about five minutes to play in the opening quarter, but a muffed punt by the Roadrunners’ Sheldon Jones allowed the Mean Green to take over at UTSA’s 14-yard line. Torrey's 4-yard rushing touchdown stretched the lead to 17-3 late in the opening quarter.
The Roadrunners looked to have stopped the bleeding midway through the second quarter, driving for a field goal and then a 69-yard touchdown run by Harris to trim the margin to 17-13.
But North Texas answered by covering 77 yards in eight plays, all rushes, to extend the lead to 24-13 with a 15-yard run by Ikaika Ragsdale. A fumble during the Roadrunners’ next drive by Harris as he tried to begin his throwing motion set the Mean Green up at UTSA’s 25-yard line, and Torrey made a few moves in the backfield before finding a lane for a 19-yard touchdown and a 31-13 halftime lead.
UTSA’s run defense, which entered ranked 10th in the FBS by allowing just 101.7 yards per game, was gashed for 175 yards on the ground in the first half alone by a North Texas unit that came in ranked fourth nationally in rushing at 236.6 yards per game.
The Mean Green continued to control the game on the ground and extend the lead in the second half, running on 12 consecutive plays to set up a 10-yard touchdown run by Ragsdale for a 38-13 advantage — UTSA’s largest deficit of the season. A 42-yard burst by Ayo Adeyi made the lead 45-13 through three quarters.
The Roadrunners traveled to Denton hoping to erase memories of a lopsided 45-3 loss at Apogee Stadium in 2019, as well as losses in the venue during previous trips in 2017 and 2015.
Instead, North Texas added a fresh layer to the rivalry, ending UTSA’s perfect season. The Roadrunners suffered the largest margin of defeat of Traylor’s tenure and the program’s first loss since last year’s First Responder Bowl against Louisiana.
With a fifth straight win to close the regular season, North Texas salvaged bowl eligibility following a 1-6 start.
What, when, where
The UTEP football team travels to North Texas as it looks to go to 7-3 in a place where it hasn't had much success.
The 2 p.m. Mountain time kick will be streamed on ESPN+ and carried over the radio on 600 ESPN El Paso.
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This marks the third consecutive year the Miners have played the Mean Green in Denton, as UTEP sold its home game to North Texas last year after UNT initially refused to come to El Paso because of the COVID pandemic.
Since joining C-USA in 2013, North Texas has won five of six games in Denton.
How is UTEP supposed to do?
The Miners are a rare road favorite, as they open a 1.5-point favorite over North Texas. With an over-under of 55, they are expected to win 28-26.
UTEP is 6-2 against the spread against FBS competition this season.
Who is North Texas?
While the Mean Green are 3-6, they do bring in a two-game win streak after an overtime win at Rice and a trouncing of Southern Miss this past week. That served to snap a six-game losing streak that followed the opening win against NorthwesternState.
Tailback DeAndre Torrey is second in the league in rushing for Conference USA's top rushing team, averaging 104 yards per game.
North Texas is part of the big exodus to the American Athletic Conference, where they will begin play in either 2023 or 2024.
Formerly nicknamed the Eagles, North Texas adopted the nickname Mean Green in the 1966 season, which most versions of the origin story date to a game against UTEP when fans began chanting it. The 1966 team's defense was led by tackle "Mean" Joe Greene, widely considered one of the greatest defensive linemen in NFL history.
Bret Bloomquist can be reached at 915-546-6359; [email protected]; @Bretbloomquist on Twitter.
This article originally appeared on El Paso Times: UTEP Miners at North Texas Mean Green football: What to know
Tulane, North Texas to meet in football in 2028, 2029
Green Wave won the first all-time meeting in 2013
NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane University and University of North Texas football programs announced a home-and-home series for the 2028 and 2029 seasons on Monday.
The first matchup of the two-game series will be held on Sept. 23, 2028, at Tulane. The Green Wave will return to North Texas on Sept. 8, 2029.
The upcoming meetings between the two teams will mark just the second and third times the two teams have met. The last matchup came in 2013 with the Green Wave earning a 24-21 win over North Texas at home.
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WE ARE NOLA BUILT
Tulane University is located in the city of New Orleans. It is a city built on tradition and resiliency. The lessons Green Wave student-athletes have learned through their connection with this university and city have BUILT doctors, lawyers, business leaders, conference champions, all-conference players, all-Americans, professional athletes and NCAA tournament teams. The city of New Orleans has shaped us into who we are today. We are One City. We are Tulane. We are NOLA BUILT. Check out our story at NolaBuilt.com.
Tulane Football Future Non-Conference Schedules
Aug. 31 – FIU
Sept. 7 – at Auburn
Sept. 14 – Missouri State
Oct. 5 – at Army
Sept. 3 – Southeast Louisiana
Sept. 12 – at Northwestern
Sept. 19 – Army
Sept. 26 – at Mississippi State
Sept. 4 – Oklahoma
Sept. 11 – TBD
Sept. 18 – at Mississippi
Sept. 25 – UAB
Sept. 3 – Massachusetts
Sept. 10 – TBD
Sept. 17 – at Kansas State
Sept. 24 – Southern Mississippi
Sept. 2 – TBD
Sept. 9 – Mississippi
Sept. 16 – at Southern Mississippi
Oct. 7 – Mississippi State
Aug. 31 – Southeast Louisiana
Sept. 7 – Kansas State
Sept. 14 – at Oklahoma
Sept. 21 – TBD
Aug. 30 – Northwestern
Sept. 6 – at South Alabama
Sept. 13 – Duke
Sept. 20 – at Mississippi
Sept. 5 – at Duke
Sept. 12 – South Alabama
Sept. 19 – at Kansas State
Sept. 26 – Southern Mississippi
Sept. 4 – TBD
Sept. 11 – at Southern Mississippi
Sept. 18 – at Wake Forest
Sept. 25 – TBD
Sept. 16 – at Iowa State
Sept. 23 – North Texas
Sept. 8 – at North Texas
Sept. 15 – Iowa State
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The University of North Texas has long been known as the school with the kind-of-cool-name and the famous Steeler from that cool music town. Everyone in Texas has a cousin or friend or artsy brother that went to North Texas. Perhaps it was a girlfriend. Maybe you know someone in a band and they toured it once. Perhaps you’ve even been to Denton, yourself. You thought it was cool, in a hipster way. You keep promising you'll go there because because it is a pretty cool town, like totally. Real chill man.
The point is that you kind of, sort of know the place. It seems like it should be more popular than it is. It has the stuff Austin and Portland have but it isn't nearly as famous.
The football program has a similar problem. It is a cool little team, in the fun town, right near that hotbed of recruiting talent that is Dallas-Fort Worth. Denton is the tip of the golden triangle that produces a steady trickle of NFL players from Denton Ryan and Denton High Schools. All the pieces are there: talent, location, NFL Hall-of-Famer to boast of and take pictures with. It should be more successful than it is. What gives?
Well, there have been fits and starts throughout the program’s history – flirtations with quality that even produced a few trophies to love and parade at donor gatherings. At no time have all the pieces been in place to continue any kind of sustained run. Hayden Fry wanted better facilities and didn’t get them. Darrell Dickey wanted better facilities and didn’t get them, despite leading the program to four straight bowl bids. Todd Dodge was promised new facilities but did not win enough (read:at all) to see Apogee in all its glory. Throughout all their runs we had a less-than-ideal conference that — while useful and important in its way — did not provide the necessary rivalries, money, showcase games, bowl invites, support, notoriety and what-have-you. The alumni did not have the necessary political clout to hitch the program’s wagon to the bigger schools (ahem Texsa) at important times.
Sustaining success at North Texas has been something of a difficulty. Dan McCarney – Old Grey Goose himself – is now up to have a crack at doing what has eluded even his friend and mentor before him. He has some advantages in his favor: a beauty of a stadium, a new conference, and a supportive administration. They are rewarding a coach who knows what he is doing. He has turned around an arguably more difficult situation than Larry Coker at UTSA. (If you want to argue this, let's have at it in the comments). The conference (and luck) is providing the current-and-future rivals and bowl connections, while the team is putting up wins.
It is all coming up Mean Green.
There are few reasons to think this could fail. There is a young, energetic group (horde?) of new alumni that have spent the previous four years supporting the program rabidly. The unofficial count of opposing coaches and or players who resorted to angry words and angry fingers at the student section is around six. That support helped the team put up five home wins, the best home record in a very long while. The afore-mentioned infrastructure and conference affiliation provides a sturdy foundation.
There is still much work to be done. Apogee has never had an official sell-out despite Danny Mac’s best efforts, and the proportion of away fans on inclement weather days is a bit too high. (** Thinks of that cold, damp day when the undefeated home streak was broken by a team clad in orange and blue. Smashes drink to floor. **). The good news: There Will Be Beer.
Long story short: There is a feeling of optimism around Denton these days and it feels good to be (mean and) green.
No. 15 UTSA trying for 12-0 while North Texas seeks 6th win
No. 15 UTSA (11-0, 7-0 C-USA, CFP No. 22) at North Texas (5-6, 4-3), Saturday at 2 p.m. EST (ESPN+).
Line: UTSA by 10 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Series record: Tied 4-4.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
UTSA, already set to host the Conference USA championship game, will try to complete an undefeated regular season a week after needing a touchdown with 3 seconds left to avoid a loss at home to UAB. Top-ranked Georgia and No. 4 Cincinnati are the only other undefeated FBS teams. North Texas is going for its fifth win in a row to get bowl eligible.
North Texas running back DeAndre Torrey and Conference USA’s top rushing offense vs. the league’s top rushing defense. Torrey is fourth in the league with 100.6 yards per game for the Mean Green, who rank fourth nationally at 237 yards rushing per game. The Roadrunners are 10th nationally allowing 101.7 yards per game on the ground. Only six rushing TDs have been scored against UTSA.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
UTSA: Junior tailback Sincere McCormick is the school’s career rushing leader with 3,665 yards and 31 rushing TDs. He ranks second among active FBS players in rushes (19.88), third in rushing yards per game (107.8) per game (107.8) and fifth in rushing yards.
North Texas: Junior linebacker KD Davis is the Conference USA leader with 100 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss.
FACTS & FIGURES
UTSA will be the first Top 25 team to play at 10-year-old Apogee Stadium on the UNT campus. ... UNT is 1-47 all-time against ranked opponents. The long victory was 14-9 over No. 20 San Diego State on Nov. 2, 1974. ... North Texas last had a five-game winning streak in 2013. ... The Roadrunners have won 10 consecutive conference games, the best stretch in program history. ... UTSA is one the least-penalized teams in the nation. The Roadrunners have 49 penalties for 481, both the lowest in the league.
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Aledo Football Coach: No Bullying Found In 91-0 Win
AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A North Texas high school football coach whose undefeated team won its last game 91-0 said Wednesday a district investigation found “no grounds” to support a bullying complaint filed by a parent of the losing team.READ MORE: VIDEO: A Candid Conversation With Kristaps Porzingis
State law requires school districts to investigate complaints of bullying. That includes the unusual accusations lodged by a parent following Aledo High School’s lopsided victory Friday over Fort Worth Western Hills, which went beyond the usual magnitude of blowouts in Texas high school football.
Aledo coach Tim Buchanan said district administrators notified him the complaint had been cleared Wednesday.
“Basically, there were no grounds for bullying during the game, prior to the game or after the game,” Buchanan said.
Texas has no “mercy rule” in 11-man high school football to automatically end the game when the score becomes too lopsided.
A copy of the complaint obtained by The Associated Press quoted a parent, whose name was redacted by the Aledo school district, who said: “we all witnessed bullying firsthand.”
“Picking up my son from the fieldhouse after the game and taking him home was tough,” the complaint read. “I did not know what to say to my son on the ride home to explain the behavior of the aledo (sic) coaches for not easing up when the game was in hand.”
One section of the complaint asks to list the names of any witnesses to the bullying. Wrote the parent: “everyone in the football stadium.”
The parent put no blame on Aledo players, and instead praised them for good sportsmanship and wished them good luck.
Buchanan said he tried stopping the game from getting out of hand, even speaking to referees before the game about clock management if the score was a blowout. He approached referees again at halftime, he said, and asked to implement a running clock in the fourth quarter to hasten the game’s end.READ MORE: North Texas Police Officers Escort Body Of Euless Detective Killed By Drunk Driver To Funeral Home
In a previous interview with CBS 11 News Buchanan said, “I would never ask our kids not to play hard. I would never tell them, ‘Go out and let them score’. That’s not what you want to teach kids.”
Buchanan said by halftime, when his team was up 56 points, he began actively trying to keep the score down, subbing in backup players, letting the clock run continuously, and instructing players to make fair catch calls.
Buchanan said none of his players felt good about the final score, and believes his players were confused by suggestions that they bullied an opponent.
“They didn’t understand how it was defined as bullying, what they knew bullying to be,” Buchanan said.
Aledo is an undefeated suburban football power (7-0) and a state championship contender this year. They’ve racked up several blowouts this season, due in part to being placed in a new district that isn’t as strong in football.
The Bearcats’ average victory margin in four district games this season is 77 points, and the team averages 69.3 points a game. On Friday, Aledo ran just 32 plays, rushing for 391 yards and eight touchdowns, as well as scoring two touchdowns each on passes and punt returns and one on a fumble recovery.
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