I’ve made it back to the hotel after filing all my stories. It’s time for some late-night thoughts.
UNT played really well against No. 9 Georgia considering a 45-21 outcome.
The Mean Green was in it in the second half and received a ton of publicity after tying the game up at 21-21 in the third quarter. I checked the scores online during the game and UNT was listed in a prominent spot asthe “Upset Alert” game on ESPN.
UNT is improving. There is no doubt.
I just hate to read too much into a nonconference game like this one, especially one stuck in the middle of the season.
UNT went through this last year when it played well against Kansas State.
That performance set expectations soaring. UNT didn’t come close to meeting them.
Will this season be different? I have a feeling it might be, but I’m not going to go overboard after the Mean Green fell to 2-2.
With that being said, there were some good signs today for UNT. The Mean Green played a terrific game on special teams with Brelan Chancellor breaking off a 99-yard kickoff return and UNT blocking a punt for a touchdown.
UNT played pretty well against the run, but continued to struggle against the pass. UNT is not going to run into another quarterback like Aaron Murray, who bombed the Mean Green for 408 yards and three touchdowns, but the Mean Green’s pass defense continues to be a concern.
One other area of concern continues to be UNT’s offense and specifically its running game. UNT finished with 7 yards on 25 carries. Brandin Byrd had 23 yards.
Part of UNT’s problem tonight was likely the absence of tackle Antonio Johnson. I didn’t get this into the paper, but Johnson missed the game with an injury he suffered at the end of UNT’s win over Ball State, UNT moved Cyril Lemon to tackle and put Shawn McKinney in at guard.
UNT gave up 2.0 sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss.