There have been many milestone victories in SMU history, each one with its own unique story. It was on October 14, 1915 that SMU claimed its first victory in school history, a 13-2 triumph over Hendrix College. Eighty-two years later, on October 11, 1997, the Mustangs earned their 400th victory for one of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.
The Mustangs jumped out to an early lead on a Kelsey Adams 28-yard touchdown run. Roy Rios extended the lead to 10-0 with a 28-yard field goal. A Ramon Flanigan one-yard run for a score gave the Mustangs a 17-0 lead. Then the Utes began to close the gap, setting the stage for Johnson's heroics. Roy Rios added his second field goal of the day to give SMU a 20-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Utah took possession of the ball and marched towards a potential tying score. Juan Johnson scored on a 12-yard run to bring the Utes within one at 20-19. Utah fans thought they had fought back to tie the game with only the PAT left to kick, but Luke Johnson had other plans. With 11:05 remaining in the game, Johnson was able to penetrate the Utes' line and block Tommy Truhe's kick. The Mustangs were able to hold on to the narrowest of leads and went on to win a thriller 20-19 in Salt Lake City.
The win over Utah gave new life to the Mustangs for the rest of the 1997 season as they were able to turn around their 1-4 start. The Mustangs won five straight games en route to their first winning season since 1986. Luke Johnson's clutch block ignited the 1997 Mustangs and gave SMU its 400th win in one of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.