SMU has been the home of some of college football's greatest players. These great players covered a wide range of positions, but the position that the Mustangs have truly excelled at has been running back with legends like Kyle Rote, Eric Dickerson, Craig James and Bobby Wilson forming one of the best stable of running backs in college football history. It was another great Mustang tailback that would set the record for the longest run in school history in 2002. Former Mustang Kris Briggs joins the list of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History with his 96-yard touchdown run against Tulsa in 2002.
On November 23, 2002, in the season finale against Tulsa, Kris Briggs rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns to lead SMU to a 24-21 victory over the Golden Hurricane. The Mustangs relied heavily on its ground game after starting quarterback Richard Bartel was knocked out of the game on the third play from scrimmage with a shoulder injury. Briggs, playing his final game at SMU, was ready when called upon. With 3:43 remaining in the first half and the Mustangs pinned back at their own 4 yard line, Tate Wallis handed Briggs the ball in an attempt to merely give the Ponies some breathing room. With a sudden burst of speed, Briggs broke loose and ran 96 yards for a touchdown to tie the game. The run set a new school record for the longest run in school history.
The previous longest run in school history was 95 yards by Cobby Morrison and Jeffery Jacobs against Texas in 1985. On that particular play, Morrison broke into the Texas secondary only to have the ball stripped away. Jacobs then recovered the ball and took it the rest of the way for a Mustang touchdown. Briggs' 198 yards were a career-high, and helped move him into ninth place on SMU's all-time rushing list, past Doak Walker and Kyle Rote, finishing his career with 2,106 yards. Briggs' record setting run puts him at No. 80 on our list of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.