"The guys are hurt right now," Rice coach David Bailiff said. "There will be a lot of soul-searching. And I have to, too. Everything in this program begins with me. I've got to look at what we're doing. Players win games, coaches lose them and this is one we darn sure should've won."
Rice's quick start didn't suggest a wild finish.
Rice (0-4, 0-1) had 157 total yards to North Texas' minus-17 and 12 first downs to the Mean Green's zero by the end of the first quarter. North Texas then went on the 28-3 run sparked by freshman quarterback Mason Fine. The Mean Green took a 21-20 lead – its first of the night - off Jeffrey Wilson's 75-yard touchdown run eight minutes into the third quarter.
Wilson was huge for North Texas with 18 carries for 157 yards and three touchdowns. Fine finished completing 17-of-29 passes for 224 yards and a score.
It's demoralizing for Rice and jumpstarts North Texas' season.
read more: http://www.chron.com/sports/rice/article/North-Texas-mounts-comeback-to-take-down-Rice-in-9281224.php
What to Know About North Texas
The Mean Green won just one game in 2015, so at least they already matched that win total under new head coach Seth Littrell. Freshman quarterback Mason Fine made his first career start against Bethune-Cookman and completed 11 of 22 passes for 108 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He added 46 yards on the ground. The goal is for Fine and this offense to make a little progress each week, but he completed just six of 22 attempts for 66 yards with no touchdowns and one interception against Florida, which held the Mean Green to 53 yards of total offense. While that certainly was taking a step back, the Gators do have one of the top defenses in the country. We'll see what type of performance Fine provides this week.
Offense: North Texas. There is at least hope with Fine at quarterback.
Defense: Rice. North Texas is dead-last in the FBS in third-down conversion percentage defense.
Special Teams: Even. Both squads have unblemished kickers—ones that have not missed a field goal or extra point this year.
Coaching: Rice. Bailiff has taken the Owls to four bowl games in his career.
Intangibles: North Texas. The Mean Green are looking to avenge their loss from last season.
read more: http://campusinsiders.com/news/rice-vs-north-texas-prediction-game-preview-09-20-2016
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