Late night thoughts

UNT made history today, knocking off UNLV 36-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

We will have a huge spread in tomorrow’s paper, but until then, a few thoughts:

– Derek Thompson showed exactly why he will go down as a notable player in UNT history. He suffered a knee injury early. It didn’t matter. He gutted it up, went out there and led UNT to a huge win. And that’s how he will be remembered. He might not by the most talented quarterback UNT has ever had, but he got the most out of his talent and led UNT to just its third bowl win in program history.

– UNT’s defense was the real deal the whole season. The Mean Green had a ton of talent, from linebacker Zach Orr to safety Marcus Trice to a pretty solid group of defensive linemen. That batch of guys allowed an early touchdown — and that was it, at least when it mattered.

– Dan McCarney’s contract extension is about done. UNT needs to finish it off now. Hiring the former Iowa State coach has turned out to be one of the best decisions it has made in a long time.

– One just gets a sense that this was the year UNT really needed to win, considering all of the seniors playing key roles. UNT capitalize when it needed to and should have a brighter future because of it.

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