Welp, I didn’t see that one coming.
I really thought UNT and MTSU were going to slug it out to the finish tonight. I didn’t see a 38-21 MTSU win coming, especially not one in which the Blue Raiders led 31-0.
This was a train wreck anyway you look at it. UNT had a chance to jump into the Sun Belt title chase, but was toasted by one of its long-time league rivals. And to make matters worse, Brelan Chancellor is out for the year with a broken collarbone. A ton of other guys left the game with injuries that will be evaluated later. It seemed like half of UNT’s linebackers and defensive backs left the game at one point or another.
Ivan Delgado was suspended for one game. That didn’t help things.
The Chancellor injury is really a killer. UNT is short on playmakers. Chancellor is one of the few guys UNT has with speed who can make a play.
UNT really needs to go to Antoinne Jimmerson more at running back. I can’t see why he isn’t starting.
But what really blew me away about this game is the way MTSU torched UNT with big play after big play.
Logan Kilgore posted four passes of at least 30 yards against UNT. MTSU had just eight such plays in seven games before facing the Mean Green.
Kilgore also had a 45-yard touchdown run. The longest run of his career up until tonight was 16 yards. Kilgore saw the way UNT was playing MTSU when it went to having no running backs on the field and went to his offensive coordinator, who agreed to call his number.
McCarney mentioned that UNT’s defensive backs were bad fundamentally tonight.
What is really scary about the way this all shapes up is that UNT still has a ton of games against good Sun Belt teams left, including Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe and Western Kentucky.
UNT came into today’s game off a huge win over Louisiana-Lafayette and was thinking about getting to a bowl game. UNT is now sitting there at 3-5.
It will be a tough road to travel the rest of the season.