Quarterly Blog: SMU vs. North Texas

Join publisher Billy Embody as he gives you his FREE quarter-by-quarter analysis of SMU vs. North Texas.

1st Quarter: 3-0 North Texas

SMU hurt themselves with field position in the first quarter, giving North Texas the ball around their 45-yard line, resulting in a field goal. SMU also started at the 8, 25 and 8 yard lines respectively for their drives. That makes it much more difficult for SMU to get their drives going. UNT's defense has made three stops on third downs to end SMU drives. The Mustangs are 0-3 on third downs.

For SMU's defense, it has been much more of a bend, but not break. On both of UNT's first two drives, they moved the ball inside SMU territory, but the defense held. The defense hasn't struggled with playing physical, but has to be better at getting in their right gaps on defense. UNT hasn't been that much of a threat passing the ball, but SMU can't give the North Texas receivers the cushion we have seen on a couple occasions.

Watch for SMU to put some pressure on Josh Greer by loading the box. Offensively, SMU has to finish drives and win on third downs.

2nd Quarter: 23-0 North Texas

This game just got out of hand in the second quarter. SMU looked inept on offense again and the defense looked tired from being on the field too much. North Texas outmuscled SMU and played with way more passion than the Mustangs. The defense was tired obviously from being on the field most of the second quarter.

Neal Burcham may have seen his last action for the game after throwing two interceptions. The first one was a forced throw, but the second was an overthrow and allowed UNT to add another field goal to its lead before the half. SMU has proved so far this half that the offense is as bad as it looked in the Baylor game.

3rd Quarter: 29-0 North Texas

It was more domination from North Texas in the third quarter. The Mean Green only mustered six points, but further made it known that they were the best team on the field. Kolney Cassel came into the game at quarterback before giving way mid-drive to Matt Davis. Cassel wasn't afraid to let it rip, but Kevin Pope fumbled on SMU's drive that actually had some momentum.

Davis went deep on a few occasions, connecting only with Der'rikk Thompson once. SMU's bend, but not break defense held UNT to two field goals, but this game is out of reach.

4th Quarter:

SMU hadn't had a special teams turnover all day. Cedric Lancaster fumbled a punt and the Mean Green capitalized to put the exclamation point on their win over SMU. SMU spent the rest of the game getting looks at some of the younger guys offensively. Ryheem Malone, Nate Halverson, Shelby Walker and even K.C. Nlemchi got in there for some playing time.

SMU moved the ball a little, but the penalties killed their drives and sent SMU fans home pretty hopeless.

Final: 43-6 North Texas

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