North Texas head coach Dan McCarney isn’t big on this line of thinking, but it’s the topic everyone is talking about tonight.
Did UNT just come away with a game-changing, momentum-swinging moral victory in a 24-point loss to Georgia? Or is that a terrible way to look at it for a program in desperate need of a winning season after eight years of losing football?
I can see both sides to the argument, but in UNT’s situation — where nothing seems to have gone right for so long — it only makes sense to cling to the positive.
It looks like UNT was plastered by the final 45-21 score, but there was a lot to like about what the Mean Green accomplished. UNT’s defense played well early before collapsing late against a power program and the Mean Green moved the ball at times.
Linebacker Derek Akunne had a terrific game with 12 tackles and a forced fumble. Derek Thompson threw the ball pretty well most of the way and finished with 202 yards.
And in a couple of other thoughts on the football front …
The injury to Antonio Johnson is one to watch. The big tackle is a key cog for UNT offensively. UNT didn’t run the ball very well without him, although Georgia had a lot to do with it. Johnson came off the field in the middle of the Ball State game.
I’m starting to wonder if we might not see more and more of JUCO transfer James Jones at corner. He had six tackles against Georgia and seems to be playing more and more every week. UNT is struggling a little in the secondary. Jones could be the answer
The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for UNT, which is really beaten up right now.
In closing, the UNT women’s soccer team lost to Oklahoma State 2-1 in overtime in a rare Sunday night game.