For North Texas coach Dan McCarney, part of turning a program around is refusing to accept a lopsided loss against a national title contender like LSU.
So even after the Mean Green played well enough to cause LSU fans to briefly boo their own offense, McCarney wasn't passing around many compliments after a 41-14 loss to the third-ranked Tigers on Saturday night.
''I just thought we'd hang in there better,'' McCarney said. ''It's not a good job 41-14. It's inexcusable. ... If it eats you up inside, then we have a chance to move forward and get better.''
Derek Thompson completed only 8 of 21 passes, but two passes were scoring strikes of 80 and 15 yards to Brelan Chancellor. Thompson finished with 143 yards passing, threw an interception, but did not take a sack.
''We have things build off of but we're still disappointed that we didn't come out and play like we're supposed to,'' Chancellor said. ''We had too many missed opportunities.''
At times, the Mean Green frustrated LSU's Z...