Greatest Moments

In 1984, the SMU Mustangs claimed their third conference title in four years. Because of a shared title with Houston, the Mustangs traveled to Hawaii to play Notre Dame in the Aloha Bowl on December 29, 1984. The Aloha Bowl marked the Mustangs' third straight post-season bowl trip and they were determined to make the most of it. Tailbacks Jeff Atkins and Reggie Dupard did their best to shatter the Notre Dame mystique, rushing for 112 and 103 yards respectively as the Mustangs rolled up 379 yards of total offense and a 27-20 victory for one of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.

Atkins opened the game with a 7-yard scoring run with six minutes left in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, quarterback Don King hooked up with Cobby Morrison for a 12-yard touchdown pass to put SMU up 14-0. Notre Dame finally got on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter when Steve Beuerlein hit Alan Pinkett for a 17-yard touchdown. Irish kicker John Carney then added a field goal to move the Irish to within four points. However, the Mustangs responded when kicker Brandy Brownlee connected on an SMU bowl record, 47-yard field goal with seven seconds left in the half for a 17-10 halftime lead.

The Irish were able to shut the Mustangs out in the third quarter while Mark Brooks scored on an 11-yard run to tie the score going into the fourth quarter. Brownlee added his second field goal of the day to give the lead back to the Mustangs. Then after a defensive stand, SMU got the ball back and marched to another touchdown. This time, Dupard forced his way into the end zone from two yards out to give SMU a ten point lead. The teams played a battle of field position for several minutes before Carney brought the Irish three points closer.

Then with 2:42 left in the game, Notre Dame took possession at their own 23-yard line trailing by a touchdown. They controlled the ball for the next 14 plays setting up a dramatic finale defensive stand by the Mustangs. Desperate to get into the end zone, Beuerlein threw to the end zone on the final three plays of the game. The first two passes missed their intended targets leaving time for Notre Dame to take one more shot. Beuerlein dropped back and fired towards Pickett who was trying to break free of his Mustang defenders. However, SMU safety Tim Green got his hand up to knock away the last pass to preserve the Mustang victory.

SMU finished the season 10-2 and ranked No. 8 in both polls. It was the fourth straight season that SMU had posted 10 wins, and the third straight bowl appearance. Since the start of the 1980s, the Mustangs had compiled a record of 49-9-1, the best such stretch in school history. It was capped off by a thrilling victory 27-20 victory over Notre Dame in the Aloha Bowl for one of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.

THE COUNTDOWN
No. 90 :: First School Win (1915)
No. 89 :: Rutledge sets two school records (2003)
No. 88 :: Phillips 100 yard INT (1984)
No. 87 :: McCown completes 19 straight (1999)
No. 86 :: Brownlee kicks 57 yd. field goal (1985)
No. 85 :: Bennett records first career win (2002)
No. 84 :: SMU closes out the Cotton Bowl (1999)
No. 83 :: Ownby Stadium opens (1926)
No. 82 :: James sets SWC record (1982)
No. 81 :: Stewart named All-American (1993)
No. 80 :: Briggs sets new Mustang mark (2002)
No. 79 :: SMU defeats Arkansas 31-9 (1997)
No. 78 :: The 1980 Holiday Bowl (1980)
No. 77 :: Hopkins records 4 INTs (1981)
No. 76 :: Pony Express heads to Japan (1983)
No. 75 :: SMU plays in first ever bowl game (1924)
No. 74 :: Hayden Fry named head coach (1962)
No. 73 :: McIlhenny leads SMU over Baylor (1982)
No. 72 :: Flanigan sets total offense record (1997)
No. 71 :: Bell inducted into CFHOF (1955)
No. 70 :: Dickerson runs wild against A&M (1980)
No. 69 :: Charles breaks freshman record (2001)
No. 68 :: Johnson sets sack record (1999)
No. 67 :: Dupard leads pouding of Texas (1985)
No. 66 :: Sanders named first All-America (1928)
No. 65 :: Rossley breaks reception record (1994)
No. 64 :: First win over Texas (1924)
No. 63 :: Gregg returns to SMU (1988)
No. 62 :: Mann leads SMU over TCU (1926)
No. 61 :: Berry defines excellence (1954)
No. 60 :: Birth of the Mustang Name (1917)
No. 59 :: Ford scores first TD in Ford (2000)
No. 58 :: Wolf sets SWC record (1992)
No. 57 :: Meredith sets SWC record (1957)
No. 56 :: Choate Anchors SMU Defense (1978)
No. 55 :: SMU downs Texas (1965)
No. 54 :: Tolbert leads win over BU (1978)
No. 53 :: SMU downs Texas in Austin (1982)
No. 52 :: Partee kicks win over Baylor (1966)
No. 51 :: Hopkins recovers Pitt fumble (1983)
No. 50 :: Dickerson scores 19 TDs (1981)
No. 49 :: Romo breaks completion record (1990)
No. 48 :: LeVias breaks reception record (1968)
No. 47 :: SMU records 400th win (1997)
No. 46 :: SMU clinches winning season (1997)
No. 45 :: Walker on Life Magazine (1948)
No. 44 :: Rote No. 1 NFL Draft Pick (1951)
No. 43 :: SMU blanks TCU (1966)
No. 42 :: SMU downs UNT on Homecoming (1989)
No. 41 :: SMU RUNS over Razorbacks (1980)
No. 40 :: Richardson sets rushing record (1968)
No. 39 :: Wolf breaks NCAA record (1989)
No. 38 :: SMU downs Arkansas (1984)
No. 37 :: The Decision (1945)
No. 36 :: Doak Walker Day at SMU (1998)
No. 35 :: SMU Upsets A&M (1974)
No. 34 :: SMU Ties Ohio State (1978)
No. 33 :: SMU ties Penn State (1948)
No. 32 :: The Army game (1928)
No. 31 :: The TCU Game (1947)
No. 30 :: SMU comeback against Baylor (1975)
No. 29 :: Hixson leads nation in passing (1968)
No. 28 :: Back to the Cotton Bowl (1949)
No. 27 :: Smith picks off Marino (1983)
No. 26 :: The Aloha Bowl (1984)
No. 25 :: Mustang Mania (1978)
No. 24 :: First SWC Title (1923)
No. 23 :: LeVias Baffles Texas A&M (1966)
No. 22 :: Debut Of The Pony Express (1980)
No. 21 :: Undefeated SMU Beats Texas (1947)
No. 20 :: The Ohio State game (1950)
No. 19 :: Dickerson breaks SWC record (1982)
No. 18 :: Revenge against Houston (1992)
No. 17 :: Tie versus Texas A&M (1994)
No. 16 :: Win over Notre Dame (1951)
No. 15 :: Walker career accolades (1949)
No. 14 :: SMU ranked No. 2 (1982)
No. 13 :: The House That Doak Built
No. 12 :: Bluebonnet Bowl in 1968
No. 11 :: Opening of Ford Stadium (2000)
No. 10 :: The Navy Game (1963)
No. 9 :: Carter's block against Arkansas (1982)
No. 8 :: Miracle on Mockingbird (1989)
No. 7 :: The 1949 Notre Dame Game
No. 6 :: National Champions (1935)
No. 5 :: Signing of Jerry LeVias (1965)
No. 4 :: McIlhenny Cotton Bowl TD (1983)
No. 3 :: The Miracle Man (1982)
No. 2 :: The $85,000 Pass (1935)
No. 1 :: Doak Wins the Heisman (1948)