North Texas Putting Up Impresive Numbers

North Texas has the weekend off and will continue to prepare for the home opener at Fouts Field Saturday, September 22 against Florida Atlantic. But let's reflect on the North Texas-SMU game for a moment as it provided a glimpse of what is to come in the Todd Dodge Ball era at least offensively. His offensive scheme worked nearly close to perfection...

Offensive Magic:
Despite putting up some of the biggest offensive numbers in school history, North Texas still was not able to record a victory at SMU on Saturday. Here's a recap of the records that were broken and/or smashed this weekend:

Daniel Meager, who passed for 517 yards in the 2006 season, has passed that mark in one game. He threw for 601 yards against the Mustangs, going 46-of-64 with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Meager passed the previous school record held by Steve Ramsey, with 495 in 1969. His favorite target on the night was Casey Fitzgerald, a junior wide receiver who hauled in 18 catches for 327 yards and 2 touchdowns. Fitzgerald turned in the fourth best performance by a receiver in the history of NCAA Football, and captured the Sun-Belt and school record, passing previous record holder, Scott Ford who had held the record with 231 receiving yards. As a whole, UNT bested the previous offensive output record of 579 yards by racking up 613 on Saturday.

Defense?
While North Texas' offense was putting up some amazing numbers on the offensive side of the ball, SMU quarterback Justin Willis was moving the ball at will on the defense. Willis, a sophomore, went 30-for-42 passing for 353 yards with two touchdowns and added 82 yards rushing on top of that. North Texas defenders were having difficulty bringing down Mustang players and usually had to have a few Mean Green defenders there for a tackle. That being said, there were two to three plays where the crowd let out a unified "OOHH!" as the Mean Green did deliver some crushing blows.

Here Comes the Boom:
Punter Truman Spencer made his case as one of the best punters in the nation as he continued to show off his leg, booting 4 punts an average of 44 yards and one bomb that went 73 yards downfield. On the other end of things, walk-on Thomas Moreland continued to be perfect on the year, booting a 29 yard field goal with 4:37 left in the 3rd quarter, and was perfect on extra points.

Fanfare:
North Texas fans showed up in droves on Saturday and took the SMU campus by storm. The Mean Green faithful showed up hours before kick-off to tailgate and stayed to fill up the visitors section of Gerald J. Ford stadium and even flowed into the end zone seats. This writer can only hope that the crowds continue to grow as UNT plays their first home game September 22, against Sun-Belt rival Florida Atlantic University.


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