UNT extended its winning streak to three games last night with a 55-14 win over Southern Miss. The Mean Green is now 5-3 on the year and 3-1 in Conference USA play.
One of the overlooked aspects of the game that I haven’t delved into yet is the status of running back Reggie Pegram. The junior went down with a knee injury late in the game. I asked Dan McCarney about Pegram after the game. McCarney indicated that the injury was serious enough that there was a chance Pegram would undergo an MRI.
Knees are tricky, but with this being a short week for UNT there is probably a pretty good chance the Mean Green will be without Pegram against Rice. That is not going to help matters.
Pegram rushed for a team-high 74 yards and scored two touchdowns in UNT’s win over the Golden Eagles. He ranks second on the team with 338 rushing yards and is also tied for the team lead with Brandin Byrd with six rushing touchdowns.
Fortunately for UNT, running back is a spot where it has a ton of depth. Pegram is in a three-man rotation with Byrd and Antoinne Jimmerson. Byrd isn’t flashy, but he is remarkably steady. Jimmerson is up-and-down, but he has the ability to break off a big play at any time.
UNT has been really fortunate this season with injuries. We will find out in the next day or so if its luck will hold up.
Another point worth making about UNT’s performance is the Mean Green played really well offensively. Derek Thompson threw for 300 yards and Carlos Harris had a big day with seven catches for 87 yards.
There was a lot of moaning and complaining about Thompson and offensive coordinator Mike Canales early in the season. Well, it’s time to give them their due. UNT ranks third during C-USA play in scoring at 34.5 yards a game. Thompson ranks third in the league in passing yards a game (247.5) and second in passing efficiency (140.5).
We already know UNT’s defense is playing well. One can really see the confidence those guys have building when you get a chance to talk with them.