UNT hangs tough, but Georgia wins

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With the rain falling and the score tied, North Texas seemed to have all the momentum.

Unfortunately for the Mean Green, it couldn’t finish it off.

Surprisingly tied with No. 9 Georgia early in the second half, North Texas was stifled the rest of the way. Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns, also scored on a sneak and led the Bulldogs to a 45-21 victory Saturday.

The Mean Green (2-2) scored twice on special teams, tying the score at 21-21 on a blocked punt in the opening minute of the second half.

The Bulldogs dominated from there, finishing with a big edge in total yards (641-245), although they didn’t seal the victory until a short field goal with just under 4 minutes remaining.

“We did a lot of positive things,” North Texas coach Dan McCarney said. “But in the end, it was too much Georgia and not enough of us.”

The Mean Green, off to its best start since 1994, came in as a 33-point underdog. North Texas certainly didn’t embarrass itself, forcing Georgia to go with its starters most of the way while collecting a hefty payout ($975,000).

“I never got the sense of David vs. Goliath with this game,” McCarney said. “We are moving in the right direction, and Georgia has been there.”

Murray overcame an early interception in the end zone, hooking up with freshman Reggie Davis on a 98-yard TD — the longest play from scrimmage in school history. Arthur Lynch and Chris Conley also had touchdown catches for the Bulldogs (2-1).

North Texas’ Brelan Chancellor returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, and Zac Whitfield fell on a blocked punt in the end zone to tie it up.

Murray made sure the Bulldogs avoided the upset, scoring on a 1-yard dive to put Georgia ahead to stay, then went to Conley on a 4-yard TD.

Darnell Smith had North Texas’ only non-special teams score, hauling in a 20-yard reception.

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