Houston–SMU football rivalry

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Houston–SMU football rivalry
First meeting September 27, 1975
SMU 27, Houston 16
Latest meeting October 7, 2017
Houston 35, SMU 22
Next meeting November 3, 2018
Statistics
Meetings total 33
All-time series Houston leads, 21–11–1
Largest victory Houston, 95–21 (1989)
Longest win streak Houston, 6 (2006–11)
Current win streak Houston, 1 (2017–present)
Houston–SMU football rivalry is located in Texas
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The Houston–SMU football rivalry is a college football rivalry between the Houston Cougars and SMU Mustangs. The two schools are the only Texas universities in the American Athletic Conference, making the in-state rivalry all the more competitive. As of the end of the 2017 season, Houston leads the series 21–11–1.[1]

Series history[edit]

The first game took place on September 27, 1975, in Houston, Texas, and the two schools have continued to play each other with few interruptions since. Houston and SMU spent much of their athletic histories as members of the same conference: the Southwest Conference from 1977 to 1995, the Conference USA from 2005 to 2012, and their current conference of the American Athletic Conference since 2013.[2]

1983 Mirage Bowl[edit]

The Tokyo, Japan bowl known as the Mirage Bowl was the longest road trip for both schools in their school history. A crowd of 62,000 watched as Lance McIlhenny led the Mustangs with two touchdown passes and along with the mistakes of the Cougars, which helped SMU take the victory 34–12.[3][4]

2016: Houston's possible New Year's Six Bowl dreams derailed[edit]

The 2016 Houston Cougars football team were picked by many experts to obtain the Group of Five's New Year's Six bowl bid, having only one close loss to Navy earlier in the season. However, the #11-ranked Cougars were upset by SMU 16 to 38 and the Cougars dropped out of the AP Poll the following week. It represented the Mustangs' first win over a ranked team since 2011.

Game results[edit]

Houston victoriesSMU victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 September 27, 1975 Houston SMU 27–16
2 October 16, 1976 Dallas #19 Houston 29–6
3 October 15, 1977 Houston SMU 37–23
4 October 21, 1978 Dallas #11 Houston 42–28
5 October 20, 1979 Houston #5 Houston 37–10
6 October 18, 1980 Irving Houston 13–11
7 October 17, 1981 Houston #10 SMU 38–22
8 October 16, 1982 Irving #5 SMU 20–14
9 November 26, 1983 Tokyo, Japan #6 SMU 34–12
10 October 20, 1984 Irving Houston 29–20
11 October 19, 1985 Houston SMU 37–13
12 October 18, 1986 Irving #20 SMU 10–3
13 October 21, 1989 Houston #16 Houston 95–21
14 October 20, 1990 Dallas #9 Houston 44–17
15 October 19, 1991 Houston Houston 49–20
16 November 7, 1992 Dallas SMU 41–16
17 October 16, 1993 Houston Tie28–28
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
18 October 15, 1994 Dallas Houston 39–33
19 October 21, 1995 Houston Houston 38–15
20 September 30, 2000 Houston Houston 17–15
21 November 19, 2005 Houston SMU 29–24
22 November 11, 2006 Dallas Houston 37–27
23 November 4, 2007 Houston Houston 38–28
24 October 18, 2008 Dallas Houston 44–38
25 October 24, 2009 Houston #17 Houston 38–15
26 October 23, 2010 Dallas Houston 45–20
27 November 19, 2011 Houston #11 Houston 37–7
28 October 18, 2012 Dallas SMU 72–42
29 November 29, 2013 Houston Houston 34–0
30 November 28, 2014 Dallas Houston 35–9
31 October 8, 2015 Houston Houston 49–28
32 October 22, 2016 Dallas SMU 38–16
33 October 7, 2017 Houston Houston 35–22
Series: Houston leads 21–11–1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Houston Game by Game against Opponents". cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved 2015-11-27.
  2. ^ "Old Big East now American Athletic". ESPN. April 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "S.M.U. Turns Back Houston in Tokyo". New York Times. November 28, 1983.
  4. ^ "Pony Express goes to Japan in 1983". New York Times. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2015.