The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 98
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Snatch. While on defense, linebacker Trent
Touchstone intercepts a high-thrown pass in
a home game. Touchstone racked up two in-
terceptions for the year returning them for
12 yards. Photo by staff photographer
After the Sporting News ranked the Ea-
gles No. 1 in their preseason poll and the
NCAA ranked them No. 3 in Division 1-
AA, they tumbled to a record of 5-6 (2-4 in
conference). Several factors played a key in
the Eagles' disappointing season. One was
that they did not use a balanced offensive
attack, relying too much on passing and
not enough on running.
"We should have been a more balanced
team and because we weren't, that hurt us,"
said junior running back/receiver Tony
"We learned we can't just rely on pass-
ing," Cook continued. "With that in mind, I
hope we go into spring training remember-
Head coach and athletic director Corky
Nelson started using a two back offense
instead of just one back in order to effec-
tively run the ball more, enabling to take
pressure off of the offensive line and junior
quarterback Scott Davis. The one back of-
fense was used primarily as an alternative
offensive attack, Nelson said.
Another factor was having the No. 1
ranking by the Sporting News at the start of
"Being No. 1 at the beginning of the
season may have put pressure on us. It's
easier to work your way to No. 1 than to
start there," said junior punter Bart Helsley.
As far as statistics go, Scott Davis led the
team in passing, completing 155 of 263
passes for 1,941 yards for 14 touchdowns
and 12 interceptions.
Junior running back Erric Pegram led in
rushing, carrying the ball 119 times for 513
yards and five touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Cook led in receiving,
catching the ball 45 times for 523 yards and
On defense, senior linebacker Trtnt
Touchstone led with 128 tackles, while ju-
nior defensive back Isaac Barnett led in
interceptions with three.
In their first three games of the season,
they downed Abilene Christian 35-19; Mur-
ray State 28-14; and Arkansas State 20-17.
Despite these victories, Nelson felt the
team played inconsistently in those victo-
"The first three ball games of the year we
played winning football but we never were
consistent ... we'd play a half real well
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Their first disappointment came in a 20-
17 loss to Kansas State.
"After our loss to Kansas State, our team
didn't recover for the rest of the season,"
Touchstone said. "It put us in a hole we
couldn't climb out of until our game
against McNeese State."
This loss was part of a five game losing
streak which included losses to conference
rivals Northwestern (La.) 30-7; Stephen F.
Austin 35-16; Sam Houston State 14-6; and
even nonconference SMU 35-9.
"We kind of hit rock bottom in the
SMU game and we really didn't have any
place to go but up," Nelson said.
The Eagles then turned it around, beat-
ing McNeese State 31-19.
"We played extremely well in the first
half so that our confidence level started
rebuilding," Nelson said.
After a disappointing 25-20 loss to
Southwest Texas State at Fouts Field, they
ended their season on a positive note upset-
ting Northeast Louisiana 28-25 on the road.
"I think that was the bright spot of the
year and that was the thing that gave us the
momentum going into the off-season,"
Crunch. In a Thanksgiving game against
Trinity University in 1925, three Eagle play-
ers surround their opponent. The North Tex-
as State Teacher's College lost 16-6. Photo by
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