FAU Owls: North Texas' weak stats are deceptive

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

BOCA RATON Florida Atlantic is trying to ignore North Texas' record and dreadful stats. After all, the Owls are two game-saving drives from being right there with the 1-8 Mean Green.

"The way our season has been going, we're taking everybody as if they're the best team in the nation," receiver Cortez Gent said. "They beat Western Kentucky, and they put up (51 points). We barely got by Western Kentucky.

"We're not looking at those stats. We're trying to progress and trying to keep this winning streak alive."

The numbers, though, are ugly. North Texas is next to last in the Bowl Subdivision in three categories: total defense, scoring defense and pass-efficiency defense, and has allowed nearly 500 yards and 50 points per game.

"You can't run into the game thinking that they are bad because they've only won one game," quarterback Rusty Smith said.

FAU (3-5, 1-2 in the Sun Belt Conference) faces North Texas Saturday at 4 p.m. at Lockhart Stadium on homecoming weekend.