UNT is about to kick off its final game of the season here at Apogee Stadium against UTEP.
The Mean Green are looking to avoid hitting a host of historic lows today, including in the most important category of them all — wins and losses.
UNT is 1-10 and needs to win today to avoid becoming just the second team in program history to lose 11 games in a season. The Mean Green went 1-11 in 2008.
Today is also the final home game for 20 seniors, including some pretty important players, including wide receiver Carlos Harris and defensive tackle Austin Orr.
The big news heading into today’s game, at least in terms of the game, is that interim coach Mike Canales announced in his pregame radio appearance that Andrew McNulty will start in his final home game. DaMarcus Smith will also play. Josh Greer could also get some time.
McNulty was a good soldier throughout his career. It looks like UNT will look to send him out on a high note.
The stands are nearly empty for this game, and I’m not overstating the case.
IN a side note, it does not look like center Kaydon Kirby will be able to go today.
15:00 — UNT starts from its 23.
11:55 — UNT moved the ball on its first drive, but stalled out and had to punt the ball away. UTEP has the ball, but is pinned at its 6-yard line.
9:34 — UNT held on its UTEP’s first possession after giving up a 7-yard run on first down and has the ball back at its 44-yard line. Kirby is in fact out for this game.
9:02 — UNT couldn’t capitalize on good field position and punted the ball away. UTEP has it back at its own 22-yard line to start its second possession of the game.
6:57 — UNT came up with a huge play defensively, forcing a fumble that Fred Scott pounced on. UNT has the ball at the UTEP 24.
3:07 — UNT has drove to the UTEP 11 before the Miners pushed the Mean Green back and held. UNT settled for a 28-yard Trevor Moore field goal.
2:13 — UTEP fumbled the kickoff after the field goal. UNT has the ball back at the UTEP 44.
:07 — UTEP recovered a Jeffrey Wilson fumble deep in its own end of the field and will have the ball second-and-7 at its 17-yard line when we start the second quarter here in a minute.
11:48 — UNT’s defense has held again and forced UTEP to punt. A false start call helped UNT on that drive. UNT has the ball at its 24-yard line.
10:05 — UNT couldn’t move the ball on its last possession, but got off a heck of a punt. Eric Keena boomed a 56-yarder that UTEP couldn’t return. The Miners will take over at their 21-yard line.
6:39 — UNT has recovered another fumble on a sack and has the ball at the UTEP 42-yard line.
6:26 — UNT had a throwback pass open, but missed it and had to punt. UTEP has the ball at its 11-yard line to start this drive.
3:27 — UTEP picked up 30 yards on its first two plays of its last drive, but had to punt. UNT has the ball back at its 25-yard line.
2:34 — UNT will have to punt the ball away to UTEP. The Miners nearly fumbled it, but fell on it at their 27.
1:43 — UNT held on third down has the ball back at its 31.
1:32 — Andrew McNulty stood in and delivered a ball to Tee Goree for a 9-yard completion, but got leveled. He is walking off now, but was down for a long time.
:56 — DaMarcus Smith is in for UNT.
:39 — UNT had the perfect call with a screen on its last play, but UTEP made a play. UNT is at the 43.
Halftime — We have reached halftime of UNT’s game against UTEP here at Apogee Stadium, where the Mean Green lead 3-0 in a game that has featured more mistakes than plays by either team. UNT has recovered three fumbles, but hasn’t done much in terms of converting them into points. Trevor Moore cashed one in with a 28-yard field goal, but that has been it. UNT has 128 yards. The Mean Green’s defense played a terrific half, though, holding UTEP to 84 yards.
15:00 — UTEP will have the ball at its 25-yard line to start the second half.
10:37 — UTEP drives 75 yards on its opening drive of the second half and scored on a Kavika Johnson 5-yard run. The Miners missed the extra point, but are up 6-3.
10:31 — UNT will have the ball back at its 27-yard line to start this drive. DaMarcus Smith is still in at quarterback.
9:25 — UNT has gone three-and-out. Eric Keena just boomed a 63-yard punt that UTEP couldn’t get back there to field. UNT will have the ball back at its 8-yard line.
7:51 — Tre Johnson returned UTEP’s punt 53 yards for the touchdown. Give that guy a scholarship. It’s 10-6 UNT.
6:32 — UTEP quarterback Kavika Johnson was ruled down at the end of a 4-yard run to the UNT 44-yard line. He fumbled at the end of the run. UNT is challenging the call. UNT wins the challenge.
5:32 — UNT put Josh Greer in the game. He promptly threw a pick 6. Dashone Smith returned it 65 yards for a touchdown that has put UTEP up 13-10.
13:51 — Catching up here. Cortney Finney returned a lateral that fell short of the intended receiver and returned it for a touchdown. UNT is back up 17-13.
I am headed down.