On October 17, 1998, SMU returned to the Cotton Bowl after two weeks on the road. The weather was anything but ideal. There was a chilled rain falling on the field of the Cotton Bowl as the Mustangs and Horned Frogs battled for the Iron Skillet. However, SMU was playing for more than just the Iron Skillet. It was the first home game for the Mustangs since Doak Walker had passed away. It was "Doak Walker Day" as SMU honored the only Heisman Trophy winner in school history. The Mustangs downed their arch-rivals in one the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.
The game was a hard fought contest that Walker would have been proud of, as it resembled the close battles his teams also had against Dutch Meyer's Horned Frogs. The teams traded field goals for the first three plus quarters. Chris Kaylakie put TCU on top with a 36-yard field goal with 7:08 to go in the first quarter. SMU's Roy Rios answered with a 31-yarder of his own early in the second quarter. After going into halftime tied at three, the Horned Frogs took the lead early in the third quarter after Kaylakie knocked through his second field goal of the afternoon.
As time seemed to be running down on the Mustangs, they did what Doak Walker always seemed to do: they rose to the occasion. With 4:19 remaining on the clock and the Mustangs on their own 45-yard line, Kelsey Adams broke free. Adams raced 55-yards for a touchdown to give SMU a 10-6 lead.
In the final minutes, TCU marched 28 yards to the SMU 44-yard line. However, Donald Mitchell sealed the Mustang victory as he stepped in front of a Patrick Batteaux pass at the SMU 26-yard line with 2:30 left on the clock.
The Mustangs dominated the game statistically as they out-gained TCU 298-185 in total offense. The Mustangs beat the Sun Bowl-bound Horned Frogs 10-6, reclaiming the Iron Skillet. In "The House that Doak Built", the Mustangs said goodbye to the greatest player in SMU history the way he would have wanted them to, by winning. The 10-6 triumph over the Horned Frogs takes its place on our countdown as one of the 90 greatest Moments in SMU Football History.