In 1947, SMU was enjoying a magical season. They were a perfect 9-0 going into the season finale against TCU. TCU was not as strong as in previous years, but the game was in Fort Worth and the Horned Frogs wanted to end SMU's dream season. Thanks to the heroics of Doak Walker, the game ended up being one of the most dramatic in school history. The 19-19 tie against TCU in 1947 takes its place as one of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.
Right out the gate, TCU was able to jump out to a 12-0 lead. Quarterback Lindy Berry frustrated the Mustang defense by finding open players at the last second. Matty Bell and company needed a spark to get them going because everything was going TCU's way.
Late in the first half, Doak Walker provided the spark. With the ball on the SMU 35, Walker dropped back to pass, but the Horned Frog defense was completely smothering all of his options. Walker decided to pull the ball down and take off for the end zone. He sprinted left and began weaving his way through the defense. Several Mustangs, including Paul Page, made crucial downfield blocks to give Walker room to maneuver. Walker eventually made his way into the end zone for a 65-yard score. He added the extra point to cut the TCU lead to 12-7.
Early in the third quarter, Walker used a mixture of passes and runs to march the Mustangs 50 yards for another score. Unfortunately he missed the extra point, but SMU still had the lead 13-12. However, TCU was not about to give up.
As the last few minutes of the fourth quarter began to tick away, Lindy Berry threw a bomb from his own 10-yard line to Morris Bailey at midfield. Bailey slipped past his defenders and scampered to the SMU 15, then threw a lateral to wingback Charlie Jackson who made it to the 5, who then threw a lateral to fullback Pete Stout to take it into the end zone. They made the extra point and seemed to have pulled off the stunning upset with only 1:30 left to play.
Legend has it that TCU tackle Harold Kilman looked at Walker and said, "Now what are you gonna do, Doak?" Walker responded very confidently, "We're going to score again." On the ensuing kickoff, Walker took the ball inside his 10 and took off down the sideline all the way to the TCU 35.
Gil Johnson reentered the game as Walker moved to wingback. TCU knew that Johnson would be looking for Walker, so they double covered him plus shifted another player to the vicinity for extra support. Somehow, Walker still managed to get open so Johnson could hit him at the 10-yard line.
Many years later, Johnson recalled what happened next as if it were just yesterday. "We didn't have time to huddle. I told everyone who was eligible to go down the field and everyone else to block. I looked for Doak, but they were all of over him as usual. Then I saw Sid Halliday out there, and I threw it to him. I think he had a couple of men on him but he made a fine catch. I always did have a lot of confidence in Sid. He was a real fighter."
SMU had tied the score with only 20 seconds remaining. However, the drive had exhausted the entire team, and Walker missed the extra point. Nonetheless, TCU was stunned. Even though he was only a sophomore, Walker had performed brilliantly. He rushed for 119 yards, returned three kickoffs for 163 yards, completed 10 of 14 passes for 136 yards, scored two touchdowns, and kicked an extra point. His heroics in the last 90 seconds made the 1947 TCU game one of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.