Throwback Thursday: 1973 SMU at Texas Tech

We go back to the magical year of 1973 and a SWC matchup between the SMU Mustangs and the home standing Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Let's head straight to the Bullets.

- SMU was in the midst of three consecutive winning seasons and their first season under Dave Smith. Smith replaced the legendary Hayden Fry. 

- Fry was fired after 7-4 season in 1972 because, according to Fry, some boosters wanted him to pay for players. Smith was an assistant under Fry for eight seasons. When he was hired, Smith was offered the athletic director position as well but for some reason turned it down.

- Dave Smith came to SMU after a year as the head coach Oklahoma State where he led the Cowboys t their first winning record in thirteen seasons. He finished his stint at SMU 16-15-2 in three seasons. 

SMU Head man Dave Smith. Sweet wind breaker. 

SMU Head man Dave Smith. Sweet wind breaker. 

- SMU had the luxury of not one, not two, but three running backs who each ran for over 600 yards. Alvin Maxson, Wayne Morris, and David Bostic all had over 110 carries and each averaged 5+ yards a carry. 

- Maxson and Morris were known as the "M&M" boys. They helped SMU become one of the best rushing teams in NCAA football in 1973. Both would go on to fairly long NFL careers. 

- Maxson left SMU as the third leading rushing in SWC history. 

- The Mustangs started the season 3-0 and rose to number 19 in the country and a showdown with #15 Missouri at Cowboys Stadium. The Mustangs lost 17-7 and the lost started a spiral of four losses in five games.

- 1973 was a glorious year for Texas Tech, the Red Raiders finished 11-1. Their one loss was to eventual SWC champ Texas in Austin.

- The great Joe Barnes quarterbacked the Red Raiders and had over 1,500 total yards in '73. That's like a billion yards considering the era. Barnes was named first team All-SWC in 1973. 

Tech coach Jim Carlen.

Tech coach Jim Carlen.

- Barnes led the Red Raiders in rushing and passing in both 1972 and 1973. He went on to a pretty good career in the old Canadian Football League. 

- Texas Tech head coach Jim Carlen was one of the more successful Tech head coaches of the 60s and 70s. Carlen won 64% of his games in four years. He left to take the head job at South Carolina in 1976. At South Carolina he coached two-time Heisman winner George Rogers. 

Enjoy the Mustangs and Red Raiders from the Super 70s!

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