On This Date: Keith Chapman Kicked North Texas to Victory

On this date in 1987, Keith Chapman needed to make up for a couple of misses.

The fifth-ranked Mean Green traveled to Nacogdoches for a Halloween Southland matchup with the Lumberjacks. North Texas legend Scott Davis threw for 252 yards on just ten completions as the Mean Green. Davis, a redshirt freshman in 1987, got his first collegiate start under some stressful circumstances a few weeks earlier in Norman against Jamelle Holloway and Oklahoma.

The atmosphere in Nacogdoches was a little different, nonetheless the teams were tied at halftime at seven apiece. Chapman, from Farmersville, missed two first-half kicks but knocked down two, a 44 and 46 yarder, in the second half to give North Texas a 13-7.

Lumberjack and future NFLer Larry Centers scored on a fourth and one draw to give SFA the lead, 14-13. Center ran for 117 yards on 30 carries. Davis took the Mean Green down the field in the final minutes, and Chapman lined up a 38-yard kick which he booted through as time expired to give North Texas the 16-14 win and improve their record to 6-1.

For Chapman, it wasn’t the only time he played hero in ‘87. Chapman beat Northwestern State on a 22-yarder a few weeks earlier. The Mean Green made the first round of the I-AA playoffs where they lost to Northeast Louisiana.

Chapman set the school record for career field goals with 49. Trevor Moore set a new mark with 53, culminating last season.

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