College football fans can all agree that one of the most important games of every season is Homecoming. On October 30, 1982, the Mustangs played host to Texas A&M in front of 50,000 fans at Texas Stadium on Homecoming Day. Jackie Sherrill's Aggies were coming off of a 49-7 thrashing of Rice and were looking to knock off the undefeated Mustangs. However, the Aggies were no match for the Mustangs as SMU beat Texas A&M 47-9. On this day, Eric Dickerson had one of the best performances of his career as he ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns in one of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.
Despite attempts to stack the line against the Pony Express, Dickerson was able to rush for 200 yards for the second time in three games. Two weeks earlier, Dickerson had run for a career high of 241 yards and a touchdown on 27 carriers against Houston. The Texas A&M game, however, saw Dickerson reach 200 yards and score 3 touchdowns on just 14 carries. Dickerson scored his first touchdown of the day on a 9-yard toss play around right end late in the first quarter. The Aggies were able to keep Dickerson in check for the remainder of the first half as he went to the locker room with just 35 yards rushing. However, the second half would belong to Dickerson.
On the very first play from scrimmage of the third quarter, Lance McIlhenny handed Dickerson the ball and watched him slip through a hole on the right side of the line and race 80 yards for a touchdown. Then midway through the fourth quarter Dickerson broke free once again. On the first play of an SMU drive at their own 21, Dickerson took a handoff up the middle for what looked like a gain of only a couple of yards. But Dickerson was able to brake through a couple of Aggie tackles and managed to get outside and race up the sideline for a 79 yard touchdown. The 79 yard touchdown was his third of the day and capped off a performance in which he out gained the entire A&M offense by eleven yards, 200 to 189.
In his four years on the Hilltop, Dickerson and the Mustangs never lost a Homecoming game. The win was also the third straight over the Aggies with the 47 points scored by SMU being the most against A&M in the history of the rivalry, 36 being the previous mark set in 1968. En route to rushing for 200 yards on the day, Dickerson eclipsed the 4,000 yard mark for his career. Following the victory, SMU moved up to No. 2 in the AP national rankings, its highest ranking since 1950. Dickerson's dominating performance against the Aggies on Homecoming Day in 1982 takes its place at No. 70 in our countdown of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.