Ohio-North Texas at a glance

Ohio (0-1) at North Texas (1-0), 6 p.m. Saturday

Line: Ohio by 3.
Series Record: First meeting.

What's at Stake

North Texas looks to start 2-0 for the first time since 1994. The Mean Green beat Ball State 20-10 in its opener. Ohio, which is coming off a 23-16 loss to Connecticut, seeks its third season-opening road victory in four seasons.

Key Matchup

North Texas QB Riley Dodge vs. Ohio's defense. Operating the Mean Green's spread offense, Dodge passed for 216 yards and rushed for 73 in his first college start. The Bobcats gave up 386 yards to Connecticut, including 259 on the ground.

Players to watch

Ohio: WR Taylor Price had a 44-yard touchdown reception in Ohio's opener. The senior led the Bobcats with 51 receptions for 694 yards in 2008.

North Texas: LB Craig Robertson made a career-high 12 tackles and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter that helped seal the game.

Facts & Figures

Ohio QB Boo Jackson played last week despite having a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. .... Mean Green coach Todd Dodge said the team was going to rely more on its running game in 2009.

Against Ball State, RBs Cam Montgomery and Lance Dunbar combined for 212 yards on the ground. ... This will be Ohio's fourth game ever in Texas. In their last trip to the Lone Star State, the Bobcats beat West Texas State in 1965. ... The win over Ball State gave the Mean Green only its second victory over an FBS school since Dodge took over in 2007.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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