The sloppy game that many expected was exactly what they got in tonight's matchup between North Texas and SMU. In what seemed to be a contest of which team could make the least mistakes, the Mustangs offense capitalized on Mean Green turnovers and poor offensive play to stay in control throughout the game.
The same offensive struggles that the Mean Green experienced in 2014 were on display again tonight from the very first Mean Green drive. After a lost snap on an SMU punt, North Texas started their first drive of the game near the SMU 16 yard line but were unable to capitalize. The offense was stopped short on runs three consecutive times before settling for a field goal in the red zone. This would be the case throughout the game for the Mean Green offense.
The SMU offense, which impressed many during the first half of last week's game against Baylor, took advantage of enough opportunities to top a pesky North Texas defense. After passing for one touchdown on an earlier drive, quarterback Matt Davis fumbled the ball on the goal line while diving for a possible touchdown. This gave North Texas the chance to make another field goal and go into the half 7-6.
The Mean Green offense would finally get in the end zone on an Antoine Jimmerson run, but that would be the end of any chance for a North Texas victory. After going down 13-10, SMU scored 21 unanswered points including a 50 yard rush from Davis after breaking numerous tackles in the backfield. North Texas had no response for the SMU offensive push and finished the game with a final score of 31-13.