Sunday night weekend in review

North Texas receiver Darnell Smith goes in for a game-tying touchdown against Ohio in the fourth quarter Saturday in Athens, Ohio. (Nicholas Bolin)

It’s Sunday night, which means it’s time for our weekend in review, a look back on some of the games of interest to UNT fans.

Of course, the big one was the Mean Green’s 27-21 loss to Ohio that we talked about earlier today. UNT fans are in at least partial meltdown over seeing a game UNT had a shot to win slip away.

A couple of thoughts here.

UNT has been a run-first team throughout the Dan McCarney era, and nothing is going to change that. This team is not going to line up five wide and throw it all over the place. UNT has just one real speed threat at wide receiver in Brelan Chancellor, which does not help.

Here’s something to consider that I find rather surprising. UNT has thrown the ball to its tight ends a lot over the last couple of years. We are two games into the season and the Mean Green does not have a single completion to a tight end. Chris Loving was expected to be a big threat after transferring in from Blinn JC, but hasn’t cracked the top four to get into the rotation. He wasn’t on UNT’s trip to Ohio.

A few people have questioned the screen call at the end of the game. Here’s a quick point. When a team has just one guy who can get deep, I can see the logic in trying to get a running back into space. It just didn’t work. UNT tried a similar play late twice last year. It worked once against Louisiana-Lafayette for a game-winning touchdown and didn’t work once late in a loss to Western Kentucky. One can argue whether or not Ohio saw it coming, but I see the reasoning behind the call.

As far as other games of interest …

Ball State 40, Army 14

Remember this name heading into UNT’s game against Ball State next week — Keith Wenning. Since this is UNT we are talking about here, Ball State naturally found one of the better quarterbacks it has ever had after the Mean Green added the Cardinals to the schedule. Wenning threw for 325 and two touchdowns Saturday in a win over Army and has thrown for 665 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions on the year.

South Alabama 41, Tulane 39

USA — UNT’s old brother in the Belt — knocked off Tulane, which rallied, but missed on what would have been a game-tying two-point conversion. Nick Montana threw for 327 yards for Tulane. UNT will really need that win to open C-USA play in a few weeks no matter what happens in the next couple of games.

Tulsa 30, Colorado State 27

Speaking of teams in a need of a win, Tulsa bounced back from a season-opening loss, but barely. Tulsa kicked a field goal late. The Golden Hurricane just hasn’t found it yet.

Louisiana Tech 27, Lamar 14

Former Denton Ryan standout Scotty Young threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns for Tech. The Bulldogs are 1-1 now. Young will only get better. It’s something UNT fans will watch all year, considering he strongly considered coming home to play for UNT, which ended up with Brock Berglund instead.

Oklahoma State 56, UTSA 35

And speaking of the local guys, J.W. Walsh is now entrenched as the starting quarterback at OSU after lighting up UTSA for 326 yards and four touchdowns. What is even more interesting for UNT is that UTSA continues to look pretty solid. The UNT Fans Wing Zone Green Kool-Aid Suicide Pact Game could be a scary proposition if UTSA continues to get better.

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