1:02 — I’m headed down.
1:23 — Ohio tacks on a field goal and is up 27-21. UNT needs a touchdown and has two timeouts left.
1:37 — Here is the play of the game. Ohio has the ball at the UNT 8-yard line. It’s third-and-6.
7:07 — This could be the series of the game for UNT. The Mean Green needs a stop here to get the ball back to Derek Thompson and UNT’s offense.
7:18 — Derek Thompson’s pass on third down to Brelan Chancellor was knocked out of his hands at the last minute. UNT has punted the ball away and needs a stop right here.
8:01 — Ohio has gone back up 24-21 on a field goal. UNT has the ball back with a chance to drive for the go-ahead score.
End of the third quarter — UNT is driving after Kenny Buyers came up with a key interception to kill an Ohio drive after the Bobcats reached the 35-yard line. The Mean Green has the ball at the Ohio 31-yard line, where it will face a third-and-3 situation.
2:03 — UNT pulled to within 21-14 on a Derek Thompson touchdown pass and appeared to get the break it needed when Marcus Trice intercepted a pass. He fumbled it.
6:33 — UNT’s defense came up with another key stop right there. A 15-yard penalty backed Ohio up. UNT has the ball at its own 47-yard line.
7:14 — UNT moved the ball a little, but punted it away again. Ohio has the ball at its 33-yard line with 7:14 left in the third quarter. UNT came up with a key stop on Ohio’s last drive. UNT needs another stop here.
9:40 — UNT came up with a key stop on fourth-and-1. Great play by the middle of UNT’s defense. It looked like Ryan Boutwell got in there, but I didn’t see a number.
12:54 — UNT went three-and-out on its first possession of the second half. Ohio had a long return called back on the punt that would have given the Bobcats the ball at about the 50. Ohio takes over at its 23-yard line.
Halftime — UNT is down 21-7 at halftime. UNT has had a couple of bad bounces in the first half, but this could easily have been a 28-7 game as well. That interception that was returned for a touchdown was a big play. UNT will get the ball coming out in the second half.
Update 2:34 — UNT just dodged a bullet there. Ohio just barely missed a 40-yard field goal. Ohio might have converted on third down before the field goal if Beau Blakenship had not dropped a pass.
Update 4:31 — UNT was just called for delay of game and had to punt. Ohio has the ball at its 25 after the punt went into the end zone. There is 4:22 left in the half.
Update 5:25 — UNT has converted on a third down and a fourth down on this drive and is facing third-and-4 at the Ohio 38. Ohio just took a timeout.
Update 6:03 — UNT picks up a first down on fourth-down run by Derek Thompson.
Update 7:12 — UNT picked up a first down on a a key third-and-6 play when Darnell Smith drew a pass interference call. UNT is facing another third down here at the 50-yard line. UNT needs 4 yards.
Update 9:22 — UNT came up with a pretty big stop on Ohio’s last possession. UNT has the ball at its 25-yard line.
Update 10:29 — I’m pretty surprised UNT didn’t go for the first down right there. UNT missed on some short yardage situations against Idaho, but running the ball behind its big offensive line is what UNT does best.
Update 10:35 — Here’s a big play coming up for UNT. It’s fourth-and-1 at the Ohio 27-yard line. UNT is going for the field goal. Zach Paul misses from 44 yards out.
Update 12:06 — Huge play for Ohio right there. Ohio linebacker Javon Johnson returns an interception 36 yards for a touchdown. Ohio is up 21-7.
Update 13:12 — Ohio has regained the lead at 14-7 after a Tyler Tettleton touchdown pass, his second of the game.
End of the first quarter — We are all tied up at the end of the first quarter at 7-7. Ohio is driving and has the ball at the UNT 30-yard line. It looks like Ohio seems to have gone to its quicker players and stopped running right at UNT. The fumble UNT forced on that punt was a huge, huge play early in the game.
Update 2:04 — We are all tied up at 7-7 after Antoinne Jimmerson scored on a 3-yard run. That fourth down pickup was a big turning point for UNT.
Update 4:36 — UNT picks up the first down on a Chancellor wildcat run.
Update 4:53 — Here’s a huge play for UNT. It’s fourth-and-1 at the Ohio 37-yard line. UNT just took a timeout.
Update 7:09 — Big stop for UNT right there. UNT didn’t let Ohio out of of the shadow of its own goal line. UNT will get the ball back at the Ohio 45-yard line. Beau Blakenship has 1 yard on three carries so far for Ohio.
Update 8:30 — UNT went three-and-out on its last possession. A great punt by Blake Macek pins Ohio at its 5-yard line. UNT always seems to have good punters.
Update 10:08 — UNT was driving, but turned the ball over when Reggie Pegram fumbled. UNT forced a fumble and has the ball back after a good punt return from Brelan Chancellor to the UNT 45.
Update 12:21 — Catching up here. Ohio hit UNT for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and forced a three-and-out. UNT forced a fumble on the punt and recovered.
Update 6:00 — UNT has won the toss and deferred its choice to the second half. Ohio will have the ball first.
Update 5:59 — Here comes Ohio.l They have a cannon, too. Just shot it off.
Update 5:58 — UNT’s captains are out on the field. The rest of the Mean Green’s players are running toward the sideline. We should have the flip here in a minute or two.
Update 5:48 — The stands are filling up here at Ohio. UNT hasn’t fared well on the road in years, but this is a veteran team. If there is a UNT team capable of changing that, this seems like as good a bet as any. The focus heading into today’s game has been partly on Ohio’s injury situation. I asked some of the guys who cover Ohio. The Bobcats regular starting center will be back. There will be some younger guys who will play today, but they are talented.
Update 5:33 — And from out old friend from the Morning News Damon Sales:
— Damon Sayles (@DamonSayles) September 7, 2013
Update 6:22 — Here’s a pretty big zinger for our first update of the night. Defensive end Daryl Mason is out with a shoulder injury. UNT will have Brandon McCoy back, but Mason is one of the guys who was in the rotation on UNT’s line, which isn’t particularly deep.
We are on the scene at the UNT-Ohio game in Athens and will do a little blogging as we go along tonight.
This is a huge game for UNT, perhaps the biggest since the Mean Green lost to Ohio in double overtime back in 2009, a game we talked about earlier today.
UNT can go 2-0 for the first time since 1994 with a win over the Bobcats today. Ohio really needs a win after being blown out last week by Louisville.
Ohio is pretty banged up on its offensive line, but is deep at that spot. It also doesn’t help UNT that its defensive front isn’t its strongest spot to take advantage of that fact.
The key to this game for UNT could be the Mean Green’s ability to slow down Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton and running back Beau Blankenship, two of the better players at their positions in the MAC.
UNT is coming off a monster win over a really bad Idaho team to open the season.
Can UNT build on that win? That’s the question.
A win today would be the Mean Green’s first on the road against a nonconference opponent since a win over Ball State in 2009. UNT was 1-6 on the road last year and 1-5 the in 2011 for a grand total of 2