Football

Greatest Moments

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.

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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