Mean Green Return Home To Face Warhawks

North Texas(0-5) returns to Denton to take on the University of Louisiana-Monroe(1-4) at Fouts Field this Saturday, gametime is set for 6 PM at Fouts Field. This game will be a break from North Texas heavy road schedule to open the season. Also, this weekend is family weekend at Fouts Field,and should draw a large crowd.

North Texas came up short against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns last Saturday, losing, 38-29 after out-gaining the Cajuns in almost every offensive category. The loss dropped North Texas to 0-2 in conference play heading into this weeks game at Fouts Field.

Offense:

One of the most obvious moves that Todd Dodge made this past week was to give the nod at quarterback to the true freshman Giovanni Vizza, who replaced previous starter Daniel Meager. Vizza went 35-of-57 for 383 yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions for the game. Most of those numbers come after a shaky first half, which he recovered from to go 21-of-34 for 263 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions in the second half, giving fans a preview of what North Texas football might look like for the next couple of years. North Texas had trouble hanging on to the ball again, as they turned the ball over to the Warhawks five times. North Texas should have some success this weekend against the Warhawk defense, which has given up an average of 467.6 yards per game, and 35 points per game. The North Texas rushing gamer has turned into a two-back attack with Jamario Thomas and Micah Mosley rushing for a combined 119 yards on 24 carries. While on the attack, North Texas will keep an eye out for both safeties Greg James and James Truxillo, who anchor the defense, and have led the team in tackles so far.

Defense:

On defense, the Mean Green showed some signs of life last weekend, forcing 2 three-and-outs to start the game. The magic faded eventually, as the defense ended up giving the Cajuns 414 total yards, the Mean Green also failed to make a stop late in the second half when the team tried to make a comeback. North Texas weaknesses this year seem to be their inability to stop the big play, they gave up three runs over 40 yards last week, and an inability to force turnovers, they have only one interception on the year. This week, North Texas's number one priority should be stopping running back Calvin Dawson, who has recorded 10 straight 100 yard games and gains 5.4 yards per carry. Dawson leads an offense that averages 355.6 yards per game. A big game will be in order for the defensive line of North Texas to try and stop the Warhawks rushing attack, which averages 224.4 yards per game.

Special Teams:

Truman Spencer struggled this past weekend, averaging only 31 yards a punt, and Thomas Moreland missed an extra point on a weekend that was a struggle for the special teams unit. Moreland did, however, connect on a 36 yard field goal late in the fourth quarter. Punter Scott Love averages 42.4 yards per punt, and kicker Cole Wilson has been perfect on field goals this year to create quite a combination to account for.

Side Notes:

North Texas and Louisiana Monroe have clashed 23 teams since 1978 with ULM leading the series 12-11, with North Texas holding a 7-4 advantage when playing in Denton.

North Texas started the 2001 season off 0-5 before rallying back to win five games in a row, and a bid to the New Orleans Bowl.

ULM was down 13-0 to Arkansas State in the middle of the second quarter, before scoring 30 straight points to defeat the Indians 30-13.

Jamario Thomas crossed the 3,000 yard rushing mark for his career on Saturday after rushing for 60 yards against the Cajuns.


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