Derek Thompson completed 21 of 30 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns as North Texas rolled to a 36-14 win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl Wednesday afternoon.
For North Texas, it’s the program’s first bowl victory since 2002 and gives the Mean Green its fifth nine-win season in program history.
UNLV jumped out to an early lead when Caleb Herring hit Marcus Sullivan for a nine-yard touchdown to cap a 95-yard drive, then forced a North Texas three-and-out. But, statistically, it was all North Texas after UNLV’s Kevin Whitley fumbled the ensuing punt.
The game was tied at seven at halftime and North Texas really didn’t pull away until the fourth quarter, with a trio of scoring drives vaulting the Mean Green to a 28-7 lead midway through the frame.
For North Texas coach Dan McCarney, the win had to provide some nice vindication. After spending a dozen years at Iowa State, McCarney took over a downtrodden program at North Texas in 2011 and built them to a bowl winner in only his third season in Denton.
UNLV fell to 7-6 with the loss, though it’s still the program’s first winning season since 2000.
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.