UNT will kick off its game against Middle Tennessee here in a few minutes at Floyd Stadium.
I have spent the last few minutes posting a blog about a few of the coaches who have submitted resumes for the UNT coaching job. Check back down the blog for more.
As far as the game goes today, there is one bit of breaking news, and it’s not good for UNT. Center Kaydon Kirby is out. He was in warmup pants while UNT’s players were stretching.
Kirby is a key cog in UNT’s offense as its center. UNT will likely turn to Creighton Barr, if he is healthy enough to go.
UNT doesn’t have a ton on the line today other than pride after a 1-9 start. That’s not the case for the Blue Raiders, who are trying to become bowl-eligible today. MTSU has won three of its last four and is playing well.
UNT is coming off a 24-0 loss to Tennessee. The Mean Green played well on defense, but couldn’t put the ball in the end zone.
Stay tuned. I will update the blog all day.
Kickoff — UNT won the toss and deferred. MTSU will have the ball to open the game.
14:54 — MTSU will have the ball at the 25.
10:59 — Backup quarterback Austin Grammer goes in from 19 yards out. MTSU 7-0. That was a nice opening drive for the Blue Raiders.
6:30 — UNT blew a good scoring chance on its last possession. The Mean Green drove deep into MTSU territory, but stalled out. Trevor Moore missed a 42-yard field goal attempt.
2:57 — MTSU has extended its lead to 14-0 after a gutty call on fourth-and-3 from the UNT 12-yard line.
1:12 — UNT went three-and-out on its last possession. Red hot MTSU will have the ball at its 20-yard line to start this possession.
End of the first quarter — UNT is down 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. MTSU is driving and has the ball at the Mean Green’s 24-yard line. Brent Stockstill has been really impressive. He just threw a beautiful deep ball that Ed Batties came down with. Stockstill has 154 passing yards so far.
13:59 — MTSU has gone up 21-0 on a terrific touchdown catch by Demetrius Frazier.
7:27 — UNT is on the board for the first time since its loss to Louisiana Tech two weeks ago. DaMarcus Smith just got the ball into the end zone from a yard out on a run. The Mean Green have cut their deficit to 21-7.
3:32 — MTSU has quickly answered UNT’s touchdown with one of its own, a 2-yard pass from Brent Stockstill to Ed Batties. Stockstill is torching UNT’s defense. He’s 18-for-20 for 205 yards and three touchdowns.
2:49 — UNT has gone three-and-out. MTSU has the ball back at its 25 and will have a chance to score before halftime.
1:56 — UNT’s defense came up with a big play on MTSU’s last possession. Kishawn McClain
1:22 — UNT turned right around and gave the ball back on a bad handoff fumble that MTSU recovered.
:46 — MTSU has pushed the ball to the UNT 40-yard line and called a timeout. The Blue Raiders are nearing field goal range.
Halftime — UNT is down 31-7 at halftime here in Murfreesboro. The Blue Raiders kicked a field goal on the final play of the half. Brent Stockstill has thrown for 257 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. UNT has 130 yards for game.
14:54 — UNT will have the ball at its 24 to start the second half.
11:51 — UNT didn’t get anything going on its last drive and had to punt the ball away. MTSU has the ball back at its 18-yard line.
8:09 — MTSU has extended its lead to 34-7 on a Cody Clark 40-yard field goal. The Blue Raiders are up 34-7. This game has gotten away from UNT quickly.
5:38 — Officials are taking a look at the last play. Willy Ivery fumbled and was recovered by MTSU. And it’s confirmed. MTSU has the ball back.
3:46 — UNT has the ball back after Malik Dilonga sacked Brent Stockstill on third-and-3 deep in MTSU’s end of the field. The ball is at the MTSU 49-yard line.
3:34 — UNT has turned the ball right back over to MTSU. DaMarcus Smith threw the ball late, down the middle and right to Kevin Byard, who is now the Blue Raiders all-time leader in interceptions with 18.
:58 — MTSU has tacked on another touchdown. Jordan Parker carried the ball in from 3 yards out and is now up 41-7. We are still in the third quarter. Stockstill has thrown for 322 yards so far.
Start of the fourth quarter — UNT has the ball to start the fourth quarter. Josh Greer is in at quarterback.
12:53 — UNT has just turned the ball over on downs after a Josh Greer pass fell incomplete.