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Show support for Mean Green

Apogee Stadium needs to be filled to capacity Thursday night for the nationally televised football game between the Mean Green and the Rice Owls, and we know just the people to make it happen.

So, listen up all you Mean Green fans throughout the North Texas area — this is the perfect opportunity to show your allegiance and help cheer the University of North Texas on to victory. There’s a lot at stake — a win Thursday would extend the Mean Green’s winning streak to four games and help UNT become eligible for a bowl game.

“This is our biggest game since the last bowl game,” UNT linebacker Zach Orr said recently. “It’s two good teams squaring off with a chance for us to be bowl eligible.”

Although being bowl eligible is no guarantee of a post-season bid, this team has the potential to keep on going and become a postseason lock.

Defeating the Owls would also keep UNT squarely in the Conference USA title chase. Both Rice and Tulane are unbeaten in league play at 4-0.

“It makes for a great game Thursday night in Apogee Stadium,” UNT head coach Dan McCarney said.

The game is important for another reason — and anyone who is a fan of the city of Denton will want to join the trek out to Apogee Stadium and take their place in the crowds of supporters. Not only will the game give UNT an opportunity to sell its program on national television, but it will also give local residents the chance to show how well Denton supports the university and its programs.

You could say that local pride is on the line, and we’re confident that a lot of ardent supporters will be lining up for game tickets and doing their part to make Denton and UNT look their best for the television cameras and viewers across the nation.

That’s why we need a full house at Apogee for Thursday’s 6:30 p.m. kickoff. It should be a great night for football.

Sure, we realize it’s Halloween, but that just adds to the excitement of the evening. If you check out information posted at, you’ll see that fans won’t miss out on any Halloween fun.

Children younger than 14 in costume will receive a free general-admission ticket to the game, and a fall carnival is planned behind the wing-shaped north end zone section, with candy and prizes for youngsters. There will be games hosted by various North Texas athletic teams, a bounce house and other activities beginning at 5 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to wear green, black or a costume, and several local retailers have black and green T-shirts for the occasion.

Fans will also have an opportunity to help those in need. The Student Athletic Advisory Council is competing in a canned food drive against other schools in Conference USA.

Collection receptacles will be placed outside each stadium gate and all food donated will go to Denton-area charities, including the North Texas Food Bank and the Salvation Army, officials said.

Ever since he arrived at the University of North Texas, McCarney has talked about putting the Mean Green in position to play games that matter at the end of the season.

‘“I hope our fans come out,” McCarney said. “‘Just win, Mac. Just win and we will come to the stadium.’ Well, we have won three in a row and are playing to become bowl qualified on Thursday. I hope they will come out and help us.”

This game certainly matters, so now it’s time to do our part. Let’s all plan to be at Apogee Stadium on Thursday night.