Five Interesting Games from the SMU/Houston Series

1980 Houston 13 SMU 11

The 1979 Houston Cougars won the SWC and were hoping to defend their title in 1980. The 1980 SMU Mustangs were in the clear midst of Ron Meyer's epic rebuild. The two teams met October 18, 1980, and a "trick play" saved the Cougars on the road. 

Tied at three in the third quarter Houston Terald Clark fumbled the ball at the SMU 20 the ball bounced until Houston receiver Eric Herring tried to recover it but instead knocked it to the three-yard line. Fellow Cougar Lonell Phea made his first attempt at a recovery, only to knock the ball into the end zone. Phea finally fell on the ball for the Cougars only touchdown, and a two-point win. Houston's defense picked off SMU's Mike Ford four times to preserve the outcome. 

1983 SMU 34 Houston 12

The two teams took the game across the Pacific for the Mirage Bowl. The two teams played their game in Tokyo. SMU finished the 1983 season 10-1, the one loss came to the Texas Longhorns. Houston finished 4-7.

Houston coach Bill Yeoman joked that his team turned the ball over so frequently in 1983 that they cheered punts. That trend continued against SMU. Houston gifted the Mustangs two turnovers deep in their own territory and dropped a punt snap for another SMU score. 80,000 fans crowded into the Tokyo Dome for the contest. 

1989 Houston 95 SMU 21

Houston became the first college team to gain 1,000 yards in a single game with against the newly probation-less Mustangs in a 95-21 route. Two SWC legends strolled the sidelines that day, SMU's Forest Gregg and Houston's Jack Pardee. Gregg didn't appreciate the offensive outpouring. 

Pardee admitted that his team kept throwing in preparation for future games. Andre Ware had 340 passing yards in the second quarter alone and 517 in the second half. Houston's mascot did 474 pushups in the first half alone. Apparently, he gave up in the second half. 

2012 SMU 72 Houston 42

Defenses were optional in Dallas back in 2012 as SMU and Houston combined for 114 points. Garrett Gilbert threw four touchdowns and Zach Line rushed for 113 yards and two scores in SMU's route. Houston's three quarterbacks, Crawford Jones, David Piland, and Bram Kohlhausen each threw two interceptions in the loss. 

SMU returned three of those scores for touchdowns and returned a fumble for another TD. 

1975 SMU 26 Houston 16

SMU and Houston never met on the field until 1975 for some reason. That first matchup happened in Houston and SMU's third-string quarterback, Chuck Benefield, led the Mustangs to a win over the Coogs. Late in the third Houston was driving for a go-ahead score, trailing 19-16 when SMU intercepted an errant Cougar pass. The Mustangs then drove for a touchdown to seal the game. 

Houston lost three fumbles and had two passes intercepted in the loss. 

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