It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for some leftovers, reheated and served up following UNT’s 40-6 win over Idaho on Saturday.
First off, UNT got its $410,000 worth.
UNT looked impressive, and more importantly the Mean Green gained confidence going into the meat grinder with a game at Ohio, against Ball State and this year’s money game at Georgia.
Yeah, Ohio looked terrible against Louisville, but so would a lot of mid-majors playing the No. 9 team in the country. I wouldn’t read too much into it.
UNT will have a shot against both Ohio and Ball State, but I wouldn’t start chalking up wins just yet.
As far as leftovers go, the performance of a few freshmen and the pace UNT ran its offense at were overlooked. I knew the Mean Green’s secret plan was to pick up the pace this year, and for one night it worked well.
Darvin Kidsy showed why UNT’s coaches are excited about him while catching three passes for 35 yards. Texas transfer Darius Terrell had two catches for 34 yards and a touchdown. Carl Caldwell also had a pair of catches. UNT needed help at wide receiver heading into the year and those guys provided it.
Redshirt freshman Jarrian Roberts was also good right off the bat, posting two sacks in his first game. James Jones recorded five tackles in his first game after transferring in from junior college.
UNT was a ton better on third down conversions, going 8-for-14. UNT converted on just 33 percent of its third downs last year.
UNT only converted one of its four fourth downs and still needs to work on those situations, but I did find it interesting that Daniel Prior appears to be the choice to carry the ball in those spots as a short-yardage back.
The kicking situation will be one to watch the rest of the year, Zach Olen got himself fired again after missing a couple of extra points. Zach Paul kicked UNT’s last two of the night. UNT will have to get that situation figured out because there is little doubt field goals will come into play in close games the rest of the way.