A tale of two halves; Mean Green defeat Ball State

On a hot Saturday afternoon in Denton, Texas the North Texas Mean Green welcomed in Mid-Atlantic conference visitor Ball State to Apogee Stadium. The Mean Green were looking to rebound after their loss last weekend in Ohio, but wanted to continue their winning ways at home in Denton. Early on it looked like these two teams were evenly matched, and this game could go either way.

The first half was very even except for a few glaring differences which would end up making the score look worse than what the game really was. Ball State was able to capitalize on two big scoring plays which put 13 points up for them in a hurry, meanwhile North Texas was able to force three turnovers, but only able to get six points off them as a whole. Even with that fact, the game would still be close if not for a Ball State fumble return for TD which gave them the bigger lead at the half. But a late touchdown seemed to energize the Apogee crowd and North Texas would receive the ball in the second half. Even then it wasn’t an insurmountable lead at 27-16.

North Texas came out in the 2nd half and drove down the field and got a touchdown to quickly capture the 2nd half momentum and take the opportunity to tighten up the game. With that score they made the game 27-24, which seemed to put the Cardinals on their heels because they couldn’t ever get a solid drive going to get any points at any point. The only real opportunity the Cardinals had was a 51 yard field goal which was short early in the third quarter and this would be the only real chance they had to put up points on the Mean green.

The Mean Green was able to get a tying field goal early in the fourth quarter which ignited the crowd of 14,747 at Apogee stadium. The defense looked to kick it into a fifth gear and was flying to the ball to keep Ball State on their heels. The Mean Green was able to get a touchdown run from quarterback Derek Thompson which would be all they needed to seal the game. The Mean Green would finish with 92 plays and 505 yards of total offense. Which Derek Thompson said”the goal was to run 80 plays on offense”. The plan was to try and wear down the visitors from Muncie, Indiana and the Mean Green did just that.

In the 34-27 victory, the Mean Green achieved some things that haven’t been done in a very long time. They are 2-1 for the first time since 1994 and are now 2-0 at Apogee for the first time ever. This will also up the record to 9-4 at home under Dan McCarney. This was a solid victory for the Mean Green and is a big step in achieving their “Win Six” campaign they set forth for the season. The Mean Green will be playing at Georgia next week in Athens, Georgia.


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