The weather in Lynchburg, Virginia, slowed down Saturday night’s game and North Texas’ offense, but ultimately couldn’t stop the Mean Green from getting through non-conference play unbeaten.
UNT’s 47-7 win against Liberty on the road marked the Mean Green’s first 4-0 start that didn’t include a forfeit since 1966, making UNT perfect heading into Conference USA play next week against Louisiana Tech.
The Mean Green had a quick start after the game began almost an hour late because of a weather delay. UNT reached the end zone on its first two drives but was stymied after its second touchdown. The Flames held UNT scoreless for four drives and also added seven points of their own to make the score 14-7 with 7:30 left in the first half.
Fine eventually ended UNT’s drought with a 4-yard rushing touchdown late in the second quarter to make the halftime score 21-7 in the Mean Green’s favor. Fine was also responsible for UNT’s first two scores, finding Jaelon Darden and Rico Bussey Jr. for touchdowns in the first quarter.
The game barely even got going again in the second half when play was delayed a second time for about another hour because of weather.
The stormy weather could have influenced the rest of UNT’s touchdowns coming on the ground, with Loren Easly scoring twice before DeAndre Torrey found the end zone in the fourth quarter. Nic Smith then became the fourth UNT player to run into the end zone with 6:21 left in the game on a 66-yard scamper. It was Smith’s only carry of the night.
Easly had a career night, posting 177 rushing yards, along with the two touchdowns, on 27 carries. Torrey had eight carries for 51 yards.
Fine statistically had the most lackluster performance of his season so far, throwing for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 16 of 27 passing after exiting in the fourth quarter.
The Mean Green will return home and start Conference USA play against Louisiana Tech at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season to No. 6 LSU on Saturday night, 38-21.