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North Texas Mean Green Destroy Nicholls 77-3

North Texas destroys Nicholls as expected. Redshirt Freshman Dajon Williams did not disappoint in his debut as the starter as the Mean Green rolled 77-3 at Apogee Stadium.

Carlos Harris had a 41-yard TD in the 77-3 rout.
Carlos Harris had a 41-yard TD in the 77-3 rout.
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North Texas moved to 2-2 on the season after destroying Nicholls in Apogee in RS Freshman Dajon Williams' much-hyped first start.

Dajon Williams made his debut as North Texas starter by stuffing the box score. When he left after two and a half quarters of play he had accounted for 5 touchdowns, including 3 passing and 2 on the ground. North Texas ran for 304 yards and 5 touchdowns on 37 carries while putting up 3 touchdowns and 202 yards on just 17 attempts. The defense set a school record with 10 sacks led by Chad Polk who had 3 and 7 tackles. James Jones had two interceptions including one for a score. Zac Whitfield added a score on a 98-yard interception return and Darvin Kidsy scored on a 75-yard punt return. The special teams also blocked two punts.

Dajon Williams started the game by leading the North Texas offense down the field on just five plays and walking in for the score just minutes into the game. After an interception on Nicholls first play from scrimmage, Dajon Willams and Carlos Harris hooked up on a bomb from 41 yards out for the second score of the game. Harris snuck behind the defense by about 20 yards as Williams ran a play-action bootleg. In a display of the talent that Dan McCarney has raved about, he unleashed a beauty of a throw while rolling to his left.

North Texas blocked the ensuing Nicholls punt and followed that with a three play scoring drive capped by 1-yard Pegram run. That put North Texas up 21-0 with just four minutes elapsed.

Nicholls got on the scoreboard after a 13-play 69 yard drive that ended with a Francisco Condado 23-yard field goal.

The second quarter was all North Texas as Dajon Williams threw for two more scores and ran for a third to sandwich a James Jones 33-yard pick-six that put the Mean Green up 49-3 at half.

In the second half Dan McCarney’s crew kept the momentum with Darvin Kidsy scoring on a 75-yard punt return that had him tip-toeing the sideline on the catch, retreating 15-yards, then turning around and scoring while leaving a host of Colonels grasping in his wake. It was that return combined with two others that likely sealed the PR job for Kidsy in place of Carlos Harris. The American Sports Network broadcast sideline reporter Evan Nemac said the players mentioned that the team found a punt returner after that score.

The third quarter ended with the Mean Green up 70-3 after Peggie Pegram and Erick Evans ran in a pair of TDs.

The fourth quarter began well for Nicholls as Beaux Hebert, son of Bobby, led the Colonels on a lengthy drive. Any positivity was erased as Zac Whitfield stepped in front of his pass at the 2-yard line and ran it back through the Nicholls offense for a 98-yard TD to put up North Texas 77-3 with the entire fourth quarter to play.

North Texas has a week off before facing Indiana in Bloomington the following week.