Sophomore running back DeAndre Torrey puts on second-half barrage, scoring three touchdowns as UNT cruises by Southern Miss 30-7 on Saturday at Apogee Stadium.
“This was a big game today and I think our guys played with a chip on their shoulder,” said head coach Seth Littrell. “We knew we were going to have to be physical with them. Overall, I thought we performed very well – at the same time, we still have some things to clean up.”
Saturdays matchup was held scoreless until Mason Fine opened up the second quarter with 53-yard touchdown throw to Jalen Guyton to cap-off a 99-yard drive to put the Mean Green on the board 7-0.
UNT (6-1, C-USA 2-1) struggled on the ground in the first-half with Fine leading all rushers with 22 yards. But the Mean Green flipped the switch and fed Torrey the ball and busted open its lead. Torrey finished with 17 carries for a 100 yards and three scores.
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“They’re a good football team and they made it tough for us all day. But the offensive line did a great job for us and gave me time to find receivers and opened up our running game,” Fine said on Saturday’s matchup.
Fine completed 24-of-38 for 292 yards and one touchdown. With Saturday’s 24 completion performance, Fine becomes North Texas’ program record-holder in career completions.
Guyton led all receivers with five receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown.
“Offensively we haven’t reached our full potential yet,” Fine said regarding his team’s offensive performance. “Our defense has had our back all season, but it’s time for our offense to step up.”
UNT’s defensive awareness has proven to be a focus point this season as they have forced 15 turnovers through the first seven games.
“Coming into the year we talked about it…defense is the reason we will win football games,” Littrell said. “And there is no doubt in my mind that is why we won this game today.”
Eclipsing the six game bowl-eligible mark, Littrell said his team showed minimal excitement about its eligibility. “Being bowl eligible is one of the high goals we set, but these guys are really focused on going 1-0 each week – and that’s where we want to focus.”
The Mean Green continues its Conference USA play as they head to Birmingham to take on UAB on Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. kickoff start.