RUSTON, La. — Zach Orr reached a milestone in his North Texas career with one of his finer games with the Mean Green on Saturday at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Orr finished with a whopping 17 tackles in UNT’s 28-13 win over Louisiana Tech and surpassed the 300 tackles mark for his career. Reaching that milestone further cemented Orr’s considerable legacy with the Mean Green, one he hopes will include helping lead UNT to its first bowl game since 2004.
That goal, one that seems within reach after UNT improved to 4-3 on the season, was a lot more important to Orr than his 300th stop.
“I haven’t thought about 300 tackles,” Orr said. “It will be more important after the season, but it’s great. I want to do whatever I can to help the team. It’s all about the team goals.”
Orr, who entered the game with 298 tackles, posted his 300th stop on Tech’s second possession when he combined with Will Wright to halt Tech running back Hunter Lee just short of the goal line.
Orr was all over the field the rest of the night and helped limit the Bulldogs to three points in the second half. He finished with 2 1/2 tackles for loss on the day.
Orr went into the game with a team-high 56 tackles.
“It’s an honor to have him as a part of this team and to coach him,” UNT head coach Dan McCarney said. “We are all better people because of Zach Orr. You appreciate him because he is so humble.”
Former Ryan standout does not play for Bulldogs
Former Ryan standout Scotty Young did not see the field in the Mean Green’s win over Tech.
Young started the first three games of the season for Louisiana Tech before it turned to Ryan Higgins, a redshirt freshman. Higgins threw for 343 yards against the Mean Green.
Macek pins Tech deep
UNT punter Blake Macek pinned Tech deep in its own end of the field after the Mean Green’s first possession of the second half.
UNT drove all the way to the Tech 36-yard line before stalling out. Macek sent a high punt toward the goal line that safety Marcus Trice caught at the Bulldog 2.
Tech misses field goal late in first half
Tech missed out on a scoring opportunity late in the first half after driving 67 yards to the UNT 8-yard line in two minutes.
Kyle Fischer, who had hit from 40 yards earlier in the half and connected from 35 yards in the fourth quarter, bounced a 25-yard kick off the left upright on the final play before halftime.
Gutty call early fails to pan out for UNT
UNT had the ball at the Tech 28-yard line early in the second quarter and elected to go for a first down on fourth-and-3.
The gamble failed to pay off for UNT when linebacker Mitch Villemez broke up a Derek Thompson pass.
Penalty gets Tech out of early hole
UNT had Tech pinned deep in its end of the field in the first quarter when an ill-timed penalty helped get the Bulldogs out of a bad situation.
Tech had the ball at its 18-yard line when defensive end Brandon McCoy sacked Higgins at the Bulldogs’ 8. Orr was called for a personal foul on the play, giving Tech a first down.
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