Ask SMU fans during any time point in the school's history which team they loved seeing SMU beat and the name Texas Longhorns is always mentioned. Some wins over the Longhorns stand out more than others, and one such game was Homecoming in 1965. On October 30, 1965, the Mustangs manhandled their conference rival, 31-14 in front of 40,000 fans at the Cotton Bowl in one of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.
The 1965 season was a rollercoaster ride for the Mustangs filled with ups and downs. The season started out with a hard fought win over the Miami Hurricanes followed by a tumultuous defeat at the hands of Illinois. At that point the rollercoaster started to pick up speed. The Mustangs welcomed the No. 1 team in the land, the Purdue Boilermakers, to the Cotton Bowl. Purdue jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead before sophomore quarterback Mike Livingston was given the ability to showcase his running abilities to set up two Mustang scores for the tie. Mustang fans were not sure that SMU could top the Purdue moment, but they were proven wrogn a few weeks later at Homecoming. The opponent: the Texas Longhorns.
The Longhorns had won six straight over the Mustangs, but in each of the last three meetings Texas' largest margin of victory was six points. The Longhorns came in ranked No. 9 in the polls, having already been ranked as high as No. 1 for the first three weeks of October. Having just come off of being upset by Rice in Austin, the Longhorns were looking to get back on track.
Never in history had an SMU team scored as many as 30 points on the Horns, but quarterbacks Mac White and Mike Livingston and back Jim Hagle did not think such a feat was impossible. White led the Mustang offense to a pair of touchdowns and a field goal while Livingston engineered a pair of scoring drives of his own. Livingston heaved a 32-yard touchdown pass to John Roderick in the last 50 seconds of the first half, and then in the fourth period tossed another strike to Roderick for the finishing touches on the win. Hagle bust the game open with his memorable 96-yard run off tackle, breaking the backs of the Longhorns as he scampered down the field. When the final seconds ticked off the clock, Mustangs fans were able to look up at the Cotton Bowl scoreboard and relish in the 31-14 victory.
Everyone loves winning on Homecoming, but SMU fans can agree that beating the Longhorns on Homecoming makes it even sweeter. The Mustangs' 1965 win over the Texas Longhorns comes in at No. 55 on our countdown of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.