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Greatest Moments

The Pony Express was able to accomplish many amazing feats during their time, but one thing that Dickerson and James were unable to do was beat the University of Texas in Texas Stadium. Once Dickerson and James had moved on to the NFL, it was another back, Reggie Dupard, who burst onto the national scene and finally led the Mustangs to a victory over Texas at home. In 1985, Dupard led the Mustangs to a dominating win over the Longhorns, 44-14, in one of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.

Both teams got off to slow starts in the first quarter, with the only scoring being a field goal for the Longhorns. The Mustangs put their first points on the board early in the second quarter following a fumble recovery by Ben Hummel at the Texas 27-yard line. Six plays later, Don King scored from 4-yards out, and the Ponies led 6-3. After Texas tied the score, SMU embarked on a 9-play 79-yard drive, resulting in a King to Dupard 9-yard scoring pass, giving the Ponies a 13-6 lead. Following what had been a nip-and-tuck first half, no one could have predicted the fireworks which would be seen in the second half.

Texas returned the opening kickoff of the half 75 yards before Rod Jones ran the ball carrier out of bounds deep in Mustang territory. Then the spotlight was on the SMU defense. With Texas facing a fourth-and-one situation on the SMU 3-yard line, Kit Case, T.D. Briggs, and Darrell Reese teamed to halt the Longhorns' drive, giving the ball to SMU. The Mustangs were unable to mover the ball, however, and were forced to punt. Dodge Carter's punt was fumbled at midfield and recovered by Ken Masterson. A 45-yard pass from King to Jeffery Jacobs put the Mustangs inside the Texas 5-yard line, and three plays later Dupard scored on a 3-yard run to put SMU on top, 20-6.

Late in the quarter, Cobby Morrison and Jacobs teamed up to pull off one of the zaniest plays of the season. With SMU in possession on their own 5-yard line, Morrison took a handoff, broke into the Texas secondary, and cut toward the sideline. A Longhorn defender stripped the ball from Morrison, but Jacobs recovered the ball in full stride and headed the rest of the way for the score, increasing SMU's lead to 27-6. The play covered 95 yards, the longest run from scrimmage in SMU history until Kris Briggs broke the mark 17 years later.

The scoring continued into the fourth quarter as SMU drove deep into Texas territory and put the ball in Dupard's hands to do the rest. Dupard added touchdown runs of six and 39 yards to give SMU a memorable 44-14 thumping of Texas. Dupard finished the day with 117 yards and 3 touchdowns on 25 carries, plus one catch for 9 yards and a touchdown. Dupard's four touchdowns tied the school record for the most by a player in a game. SMU's offense tallied 424 yards of total offense, 333 on the ground.

Dupard went on to be an All-America selection in 1985, and has the distinction of being the only running back in school history to rush for over a 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. His career 5.9-yard average is the best in school history. He finished his career as SMU's second all-time leading rusher with 3,772 yards. He went on to become a first round draft choice of the New England Patriots in 1986. SMU fans will always remember that day in 1985 when Dupard led the Mustangs to a 44-14 pounding of arch-nemesis Texas, making it 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)

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