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Five thoughts on UNT's loss to Iowa

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

North Texas fell to Iowa 31-14 in a tightly contested game on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. The Mean Green fell to 1-2 following their second straight loss.

UNT will now turn its attention to Conference USA play and its opener against UAB at home next week.

Here are five thoughts on UNT's performance.

1. The Mean Green have a lot to be proud of

No one thought UNT would be very competitive in its game against the Hawkeyes, a Big Ten team that received votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll this week. The Mean Green led at halftime and appeared as if they might pull off a monumental upset before Iowa's power game just wore its defense down.

2. UNT didn't have enough offensively

UNT impressed offensively in a loss to SMU last week. The Mean Green rolled up 493 yards of total offense. 

UNT had its moments against Iowa, but didn't put enough points on the board to pull off the upset. The Mean Green were shut out in the second half and managed just 305 total yards.

3. Jeffery Wilson is a special player

UNT running back Jeffery Wilson finished with 95 rushing yards and shined in the Mean Green's loss. The senior bounced back from a tough outing against SMU, when he finished with 36 yards, and showed just how good a player he is.

Iowa came into the day allowing just 89.5 rushing yards per game.

4. Khari Muhammad was an overlooked force

UNT's sophomore safety came up with the best performance of his career in the Mean Green's loss to Iowa, posting 13 tackles. The Mean Green's defense came up big against the Hawkeyes and Muhammad was a big reason why.

5. UNT can feel good heading into C-USA play

UNT is 1-2 heading into the Conference USA season, which isn't ideal, but the Mean Green have a lot to feel good about. They challenged a Big Ten team and played a whole lot better than in their game against SMU.

There are a whole lot more winnable games coming up in league play.

Featured photo: North Texas safety Khairi Muhammad tackles Iowa running back Ivory Kelly-Martin during the Hawkeyes 31-14 win over the Mean Green on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium