Throwback Thursday: 1989 North Texas vs. K-State

Not so much a full game but an interesting six minute video from 1989's UNT/K-State game. Spoiler alert, K-State won, the Wildcats came back on the final play to win. The win was K-State's first victory in 31 tries so they stormed the field. After beating a 1-AA team. On the last play. College kids. 

Let's just go to Bullets. 

  • North Texas was coached by the great Corky Nelson. Nelson played at SWT in the early 60's as a center and linebacker. He went on to coach at Alamo Heights, Harlandale high school in San Antonio, John Tyler in Tyler, Baylor and later Mary Hardin Baylor.
  • Nelson was Grant Teaff's defensive coordinator for some of the Bears best years, including a 1980 SWC Championship squad.
  • Nelson won 48% of his games at UNT. He passed away in 2014. 
  • Nelson coached at UNT until the University parted ways with him and replaced him with Dennis Parker, a high school coach from Marshall who's Maverick team was in Friday Night Lights. The book not the terrible movie or the TV show in which even the powder puff game was won on a last second play. 
  • Parker won 11 game in three seasons so...
  • North Texas started the 1989 season 3-0 before stumbling down the stretch. 
  • The Mean Green went 5-6 in 1989. UNT lost to SMU's first post death penalty team, serving along with UConn as the Mustangs only two wins in 1989.
  • Kansas State were in the first year of the now legendary Bill Snyder era. The Wildcats win over UNT would serve at their only victory in 1989.
  • Kansas State's win over the Mean Green was their first win since beating Kansas in 1986.
  • Check the giant cartoon Wildcat logo at midfield. The Roundup is fully in favor of more giant cartoon logos that cover 1/3 of the field.
  • Kansas State's quarterback is playing with what appears to be a broken left leg or some such. He has was appears to be a phone book wrapped in an ace bandage on his left shin.
  • Scott Davis quarterbacked UNT in 1989. Davis started for four years at North Texas, he's still in the top five of almost every passing record in Mean Green history.
  • Former Falcon, Steeler, Giant, and Charger Erric Pegram (with two r's) played on that North Texas team. He was named All-Southland Conference. Pegram played on the Steelers' 1996 Super Bowl squad that lost to America's Team. 
  • At the 6:03 mark we get a glimpse of some quintessential 80's white guy, jheri curl, mullet action. It's rare to see one of these captured on film outside of Duran Duran videos. Guarantee that guy made out with someone that night. Guarantee. 

Anyway, enjoy the drive, the field storming, the goal post removal and the glory of the 1989 Wildcat victory.