While it certainly bears greater significance than No. 90, the first win in SMU history begins our countdown of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.
SMU opens its first season in 1915 with Ray Morrison, a former Vanderbilt quarterback, as the football coach. There was no football stadium but a field was laid out where the current-day Westcott Field is located. In 1915, it was called Armstrong Field. SMU President Dr. Robert S. Hyer decided that school colors would be Harvard Crimson and Yale Blue. SMU's first football game was played on October 15 against TCU in Fort Worth. A total of 15 SMU students went to Fort Worth for the game, which was won by TCU, 43-0.
SMU was a member of the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association and its team was known as the "Parsons" because there were so many theology students on the team.
Before the second game against Hendrix, the team got its fight song. "Peruna" came from "She'll Be Coming Around The Mountain" but the words were changed to "She'll Be Loaded With Peruna When She Comes." Peruna was an early-day Hadacol, an elixir advertised as a cure for sore throat with drainage. It also contained a good deal of alcohol so it was also known as a "good-time" tonic.
The win over Hendrix was the first of 422 wins in SMU history and is an appropriate way to begin the countdown of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.