Mason Fine Leads Team in Miracle Drive to Defeat UTSA With No Timeouts

UTSA Win - 10-13-2017

Mason Fine lead North Texas (4-2 3-0) on a 98-yard drive to score the winning touchdown in 67 seconds with just 1:07 left on the clock against the UTSA Road Runners (3-2 0-2). #TheDrive may become a defining moment in this season.

Prior to #TheDrive, the Mean Green Defense needed to make a critical stop. The defense forced a much needed three-and-out and forced a punt. That punt though pinned North Texas deep in its own territory at the 2-yard line.

North Texas continues to control its own destiny with this win making it the third straight win and a perfect record in conference play. The Mean Green are also two games away from becoming bowl eligible for the second straight year and third year in the last five years.

Scores by Quarter 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Score
UTSA 7 10 3 6 26
North Texas 16 0 0 13 29


Mason Moves Into 8th Place in Career Passing Yards

Mason Fine was 20 of 34 with one interception for 354 yards and three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Currently, Fine is on track for a 3,500 yard season, assuming a 12 game season, which would put him at around 5,000 yards so far in his young career. That would puts him dangerously close to knocking Giovanni Vizza down to the number 7 spot, who has 5,146 career yards at North Texas.

Career Passing Yards
Place Player Seasons Total Yards
1 Mitch Maher 1991-94 8,519
2 Derek Thompson 2009-13 7,447
3 Steve Ramsey 1967-69 7,076
4 Scott Davis 1987-90 6,923
5 Scott Hall 2000-04 5,975
6 Giovanni Vizza 2007-08 5,146
7 Jason Mills 1994-97 3,981
8 Mason Fine 2016-Present 3,368
9 Vidal Carlin 1965-66 3,233
10 Riley Dodge 2008-10 3,187

Jalen Guyton had another huge night with 182 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He was also utilized in the running game where he picked up 12 yards on three attempts. Jeffery Wilson was largely contained where he was held to just 88 yards on 16 attempts and no touchdowns.

Defense Comes Through in the Clutch

The Mean Green defense did just enough to keep North Texas in the game. The defense did a good job of preventing the Runners from converting third downs by holding them to 4 of 14. The defense also stopped two drives from being extended into touchdowns and forced field goals where the Runners were two of three on the night.

North Texas was without Sid Moore who became injured in the Southern Miss game. So far in the season he has nine solo takes, 2.5 tackles for a seven yard loss, a sack, and two QB hustles. Bryce English also wasn’t ready and won’t be available for the FAU games as well. It’s not known he will be back but I don’t see this coaching staff forcing him back before he’s ready.

Special Teams Mishaps Almost Cost North Texas the Game

On two separate PAT kick attempts, there were two instances where there was a bad snap and holder exchange. It cost the Mean Green two or four points, depending on how you want to look at things. There was also a kickoff returned by UTSA for 51 yards giving the Road Runners a short field to work with that resulted in a touchdown.

Media Coverage

Mean Green Sports Recap

Denton Record Chronicle

North Texas Daily

Post Game Press Conference

Highlight Reel

2017 C-USA Standings

Marshall 2-0 5-1
Florida Atlantic 2-0 3-3
Florida Intl 2-1 4-2
Western Kentucky 2-1 4-2
Middle Tennessee 1-2 3-4
Old Dominion 0-2 2-4
Charlotte 0-3 0-7
North Texas 3-0 4-2
Southern Mississippi 2-1 4-2
UAB 2-1 4-2
Louisiana Tech 1-1 3-3
Rice 1-1 1-5
UT San Antonio 0-2 3-2
UTEP 0-3 0-7

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