- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

SOUTHERN MISS (2-4, 0-2 C-USA) at NORTH TEXAS (2-4, 0-2), 6 p.m. CT Saturday (American Sports Network)

Line: North Texas by 11

Series Record: Tied 4-4


North Texas, playing its only home game out of four in October, tries to avoid its first three-game conference losing streak under fourth-year coach Dan McCarney. Southern Miss comes off a bye week and makes its first trip to Denton since 1981, and first of three games in Texas the rest of this season.


North Texas offense vs. Southern Miss defense. Both teams average 5.1 yards per offensive play, but the Mean Green have a 20-12 edge in offensive touchdowns. The Golden Eagles are 12th out of 13 C-USA teams in total defense allowing 487.2 yards per game - more than 100 yards more than North Texas. North Texas outgained UAB 451-448 total yards in its last game, but lost 56-21 while giving up 35 points off turnovers.


Southern Miss: Sophomore RB George Payne has a rushing touchdown in each of the last three games, and has all four of the Golden Eagle rushing TDs this season. He had a career-best 89 yards rushing in the last game.

North Texas: Since Dajon Williams took over as the starting quarterback, North Texas has averaged 7.9 yards per pass attempt and 13.4 yards per completion the past three games. The previous starter averaged 3.4 yards per attempt and 7.1 yards per completion.


The Mean Green are averaging 32.2 points per game, on pace for the highest average in school history. They averaged 31.8 points per game last season, and have never averaged more than 30 points a game in consecutive seasons. … Despite losing at Middle Tennessee in its last game Oct. 4, Southern Miss had season highs with 31 points and 537 total yards. … North Texas had its streak of 21 consecutive games forcing a turnover snapped at UAB last week. That was the fourth-longest such streak nationally. … The Golden Eagles defense has six interceptions this season, already matching last year’s total.

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