Throwback Thursday: 1955 SMU vs. TCU

We've got a good one here, all in Technicolor. TCU and SMU from 1955. 

Give me some Cold War Bullets!

  • Woody Woodward coached the Mustangs from 1953 to 1956. He came to Dallas from McPherson College in Kansas. Woodward managed one winning season in his time on the Hilltop.

  • He had a heck of a player in Forrest Gregg. The All-American ended up a second round draft pick of the Packers. He eventually coached the Packer before taking the SMU job and brining the Ponies back from the Death Penalty.

  • Vince Lombard said Gregg was the was "the finest player I ever coached."

  • SMU played a brutal schedule in 1955. They opened at #11 Notre Dame and then took on #3 Georgia Tech. By the time the dust settled the Mustangs played five top fifteen teams in 1955. SMU went 1-4 against those squads, beating Rice but losing to the Irish, Yellow Jackets, the Aggies and the Horned Frogs.

  • TCU was in the midst of a great run under head coach Abe Martin. The Frogs finished fourteenth or better in the Final AP poll four times in five years and won the league three times.

  • Martin coached high schools across the state, starting at El Paso High, heading to Lufkin and ending at Fort Worth Paschal. He went to TCU as an assistant in 1945, assending to head coach in '53.

  • The clip includes some film of the great Jim Swink, TCU's All-American running back. The "Rusk Rambler" rushed for 1,283 yards in 1955, the 2nd most in college football that year. He finished second in the Heisman balloting that year.

  • Swink decided against a professional career, despite Chicago drafting him in the second round and went to medical school instead. He practiced medicine as an orthopedic surgeon and went into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980.

  • Enjoy a little mini-me highlight of SMU and TCU.

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