DENTON, Texas (KNTU) A new era of Mean Green football was officially ushered in as North Texas kicked off their season with a 34-21 loss to SMU on Saturday, September 4.
It would only take SMU six plays to get on the board, as sophomore running back Xavier Jones took off on a 49-yard touchdown run to put the Mustangs up 7-0. On the ensuing Mean Green possesion, quarterback Alec Morris would complete his first two pass attempts of the game before being intercepted by Darrion Millines.
Morris would finish the night 24/39 throwing for 237 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Morris first touchdown pass of his career would come roughly four minutes into the second quarter off of a 7-yard catch by Thaddeus Thompson, a first in his career as well.
North Texas would end the first half with Morris’ second and final touchdown pass to the redshirt freshman tight end Kelvin Smith, who flipped over an SMU defender into the end zone after cathing a pass for 25 yards. The touchdown gave the Mean Green some momentum heading into the locker room at halftime, trailing 24-14.
However, the second half wouldn’t get much better for North Texas, as SMU quarterback Matt Davis found Cortland Sutton on a four yard touchdown pass early in the half.
Sutton finished the night with just four catches, but racked up 162 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
The Mustangs were also able to dominate on the ground and had two rushers run for more than 90 yards, one being tailback Xavier Jones, who ran for 115 yards and a touchdown. Davis also gained 91 yards on the ground, including a 50-yard run in the first quarter.
North Texas scored only once more on an 11-yard run by Jeffrey Wilson late in the 4th quarter.
The Mean Green’s next game will be against Bethune-Cookman at Apogee Stadium on Saturday, September 10.