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Week 2 Reacap 
Posted on February 5, 2014 at 08:53 PM.
Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton scores one of 4 rushing touchdowns against the Mean Green

It wasn't a pretty outing this week, but the best part is that it is over. The Mean Green fell 45-39 to the Bobcats in a game that was much worse than the score indicated. A furious rally in the end almost put North Texas in position to pull off the miracle comeback, but an onside kick recovery prolonged the inevitable doom that the Mean Green would have to face.

The story in this game was the run defense...or lack of one. The Mean Green surrendered nearly 400 rushing yards and gave up 6 rushing touchdowns! After the unit showed so much potential in the second half of the game against Idaho, their true colors showed as they were embarrassed in front of the Athens crowd. It was extremely frustrating to see quarterback Tyler Tettleton abuse this defense for over 200 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns. For an average athlete, he practically became Cam Newton as he ravaged through the pathetic defense.

The secondary played well and limited Tettleton to under 100 passing yards. While the stats look nice though, it's hard to tell if the secondary really shut down the receivers or if the rush defense was so poor that the Bobcats simply didn't need to throw. Orr once again had a solid performance as he seems to be the only player that is qualified enough to play consistently on the defensive side of the ball. He'll need to inspire the rest of his teammates if they want to improve upon that disheartening effort on Saturday.

Offensively, this game was a mixed bag. In the first half, the team could generate no offense against an Ohio defense that seemed persistent in stopping the run. However, in the second half, Thompson simply gave the ball to his playmaker, Breelan Chancellor, and he delivered. Breelan simply dominated in the second half and almost single-handedly brought the team back from 25 down.

Other than the electrifying duo of Thompson and Chancellor though, the offense was inept. The line really struggled to protect Thompson, and Bryd did could not get much going on the ground. All in all, it was an outing to forget for this offense despite putting up 39 points.

It's best to just put games like this in the rear view mirror. Coach Gravy addressed the loss after the game, "Well it obviously sucks to get beaten like we did, but you have to credit them for gameplanning and playing to their strengths. I just feel like we didn't have enough intensity on either side of the ball for the majority of the game, and it really cost us in the end."

When asked about changes that need to be made, Gravy responded by saying, "Listen, we are not going to make drastic changes. We got beat by a team that played better than us, let's not make it more than it is. We simply have to come in next week with better preparation. I fully expect our men to be much more prepared next week against Ball State."

Next week, the Mean Green will return home to take on the Cardinals. They look to bounce back following this traumatic defeat.

North Texas Mean Green at Ohio Bobcats
North Texas Mean Green (1-1 (0-0))014025039
Ohio Bobcats (1-1 (0-0))217714345
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense491472
Rushing Yards126389
Passing Yards36583
First Downs2118
Punt Return Yards2355
Kick Return Yards154170
Total Yards668697
3rd Down Converstion1-13 (7%)1-6 (16%)
4th Down Conversion4-5 (80%)0-0 (0%)
2-Point Conversion1-1 (100%)0-0 (0%)
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals4/1 (83%)3/0 (100%)
Posession Time18:4513:15
North Texas Mean Green
D. Thompson20/3436540
B. Byrd241044.31
D. Thompson11-3-0.20
R. Pegram4256.20
B. Chancellor616928.12
C. Loving48421.00
D. Terrell3248.02
B. Byrd23618.00
C. Harris2189.00
B. Brown23316.50
C. Jones111.00
Z. Orr70.000
M. Trice70.000
R. Abbe31.000
R. Boutwell11.000
Z. Olen1/14/4724
B. Macek621936.50
B. Chancellor712117.20
A. Jimmerson13333.00
B. Chancellor3237.60
Ohio Bobcats
T. Tettleton8/128300
B. Blankenship241486.10
T. Tettleton1822012.24
R. Boykin22110.52
M. Waters35016.60
C. Cochran284.00
T. Hill2178.50
L. Smith188.00
J. Kristoff90.000
A. Crutcher72.000
T. Branz62.000
N. Barber21.000
T. Davis31.000
M. Green1/26/6942
G. Venham416040.00
D. Patterson411528.70
D. Brown25125.50
T. Hill144.00
D. Patterson6559.10
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