UNT did exactly what it had to do last night and picked up a win over Florida Atlantic. Granted, it wasn’t pretty at 20-14, but it was a win.
The fact that people are fretting about style points is a sign of how far things have come under Dan McCarney.
UNT’s defense has come a mile under John Skladany. FAU is horrible offensively, but UNT gave up just 14 points, seven of which were gifted to the Owls after a Derek Thompson interception.
UNT made two huge defensive stands in its own end of the field. The game might have been totally different if Marcus Trice had not intercepted that pass in the end zone early on.
UNT continues to struggle offensively.
I wondered before UNT played FAU if the book isn’t out on the Mean Green’s offense.
I used to joke last season that Mike Canales was headed to a knife fight with a three-prong spork.
The Fighting Spork might have been better in terms of weapons.
Brelan Chancellor caught a huge touchdown pass and UNT got the ball to more people, but averaged 1.9 yards a carry last night. That’s 56 yards on 30 carries.
Andrew Power, the big blocking tight end, is a bigger piece of this team’s offense than people realize. He didn’t play last night and UNT didn’t do much of anything.
The much-maligned Thompson threw for 251 and two touchdowns.
UNT has issues. No doubt about it. Could Thompson be better? Sure. Does UNT lack playmakers to help him? Yep.
Not a good combination.
Everyone is going to stack the box and take away the short passing game. UNT took advantage with a deep shot that Chancellor made a great play on for a touchdown that was the play of the game.
Derek Akunne continues to play well had had nine tackles. Zach Orr continued to play well.
If you are looking for an overlooked hero, how about KC Obi? He had 2.5 sacks.
On the injury front, Dan McCarney said Lairamie Lee took a shot to the head and was held out the rest of the night.
Devante Davis played well in an expanded role, finishing with four tackles.
So now UNT turns its attention to Houston after improving to 2-3. This becomes a huge game. It could get UNT to 3-3 heading into that Tuesday night game against Louisiana-Lafayette on ESPN2 and have people thinking about a bowl game.
Houston handled Rice and has a talented batch of offensive skill position players, including a good group of wide receivers.
This is going to be a tough game for UNT to win, but it would certainly count as a signature victory in the Dan McCarney era if the Mean Green can pull it off.