SMU Mustangs football under Ron Meyer

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Ron Meyer was the coach of the Southern Methodist University's football team from 1976 to 1981. He compiled a 34–32–1 record, and was succeeded by Bobby Collins.[1]

1976 Season[edit]

1976 SMU Mustangs football
Conference Southwest Conference
1976 record 3-8 (2–6 SWC)
Head coach Ron Meyer
Home stadium Cotton Bowl (c. 72,032)
Seasons
« 1975 1977 »
1976 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Houston § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#13 Texas Tech § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#7 Texas A&M 6 2 0     10 2 0
Baylor 4 3 1     7 3 1
Texas 4 4 0     5 5 1
Arkansas 3 4 1     5 5 1
Rice 2 6 0     3 8 0
SMU 2 6 0     3 8 0
TCU 0 8 0     0 11 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
1976-09-11 Texas Christian Cotton BowlDallas, TX W 34-14   24,328
1976-09-18 at #14 Alabama* Legion FieldBirmingham, AL L 3-56   63,203
1976-09-25 vs. North Texas State* Texas StadiumIrving, TX W 38-31   25,539
1976-10-02 at Memphis State* Memphis Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN L 13-27   31,424
1976-10-09 at Baylor Baylor StadiumWaco, TX L 20-27   25,000
1976-10-16 #19 Houston* Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 6-29   28,204
1976-10-23 at #13 Texas Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 12-13   50,000
1976-10-30 Texas A&M Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 0-36   35,213
1976-11-06 at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX L 34-41   18,000
1976-11-13 at #5 Texas Tech Jones StadiumLubbock, TX L 7-34   34,780
1976-11-20 vs. Arkansas State Fair StadiumShreveport, LA W 35-31   32,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1977 Season[edit]

1977 SMU Mustangs football
Conference Southwest Conference
1977 record 4-7 (3–5 SWC)
Head coach Ron Meyer
Home stadium Cotton Bowl (c. 72,032)
Seasons
« 1976 1978 »
1977 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Texas 8 0 0     11 1 0
#3 Arkansas 7 1 0     11 1 0
Texas A&M 6 2 0     8 4 0
Houston 4 4 0     6 5 0
Texas Tech 4 4 0     7 5 0
Baylor 3 5 0     5 6 0
SMU 3 5 0     4 7 0
TCU 1 7 0     2 9 0
Rice 0 8 0     1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
1977-09-10 at Texas Christian Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 45-21   19,576
1977-09-17 vs. North Texas State* Texas StadiumIrving, TX L 13-24   26,097
1977-09-24 Tulane* Cotton BowlDallas, TX W 28-23   18,460
1977-10-01 #6 Ohio State* Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 7-35   45,000
1977-10-08 at Baylor Baylor StadiumWaco, TX L 6-9   30,300
1977-10-15 at #19 Houston* AstrodomeHouston, TX W 37-23   30,774
1977-10-22 #2 Texas Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 14-30   36,151
1977-10-29 at #11 Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX L 21-38   53,932
1977-11-05 Rice Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX W 41-24   6,918
1977-11-12 #18 Texas Tech Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 7-45   21,689
1977-11-19 at #8 Arkansas Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR L 7-47   43,791
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1978 Season[edit]

1978 SMU Mustangs football
Conference Southwest Conference
1978 record 4-6-1 (3–5 SWC)
Head coach Ron Meyer
Home stadium Cotton Bowl (c. 72,032)
Seasons
« 1977 1979 »
1978 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Houston 7 1 0     9 3 0
#11 Arkansas 6 2 0     9 2 1
#9 Texas 6 2 0     9 3 0
Texas Tech 5 3 0     7 4 0
#19 Texas A&M 4 4 0     8 4 0
SMU 3 5 0     4 6 1
Baylor 3 5 0     3 8 0
Rice 2 6 0     2 9 0
TCU 0 8 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

With sagging attendance in recent years, including a dismal 6,918 against conference foe Rice, Southern Methodist athletic director Russ Potts orchestrated "Mustang Mania." Potts wanted to make SMU more visible in the Dallas area. Average attendance at SMU home games jumped from 25,644 in the previous year to 51,960 in the 1978 season. This was the highest average attendance had been at SMU home games since 1950.[2][3]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
1978-09-09 Texas Christian Cotton BowlDallas, TX W 45-14   41,112
1978-09-16 at Florida* Citrus BowlOrlando, FL W 35-25   34,101
1978-09-23 at #3 Penn State* Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA L 21-26   77,404
1978-10-07 at #14 Ohio State* Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH T 35-35   87,712
1978-10-14 at Baylor Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 28-21   36,500
1978-10-21 #11 Houston* Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 28-42   64,871
1978-10-28 at #7 Texas Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 3-22   65,000
1978-11-04 Texas A&M Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 17-20   57,208
1978-11-11 at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 58-0   14,000
1978-11-18 at Texas Tech Jones StadiumLubbock, TX L 16-19   45,101
1978-11-25 Arkansas Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 14-27   44,647
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1979 Season[edit]

1979 SMU Mustangs football
Conference Southwest Conference
1979 record 5-6 (3–5 SWC)
Head coach Ron Meyer
Home stadium Texas Stadium (c. 65,101)
Seasons
« 1978 1980 »
1979 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Houston § 7 1 0     11 1 0
#8 Arkansas § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#12 Texas 6 2 0     9 3 0
#14 Baylor 5 3 0     8 4 0
Texas A&M 4 4 0     6 5 0
SMU 3 5 0     5 6 0
Texas Tech 2 5 1     3 6 2
TCU 1 6 1     2 8 1
Rice 0 8 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
1979-09-08 Rice Texas StadiumIrving, TX W 35-17   60,217
1979-09-15 at Texas Christian #20 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 27-7   18,732
1979-09-22 North Texas State* #18 Texas Stadium • Irving, TX W 20-9   57,923
1979-09-29 at Tulane* #19 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA L 17-24   42,563
1979-10-13 Baylor* Texas Stadium • Irving, TX L 21-24   65,101
1979-10-20 at #5 Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX L 10-37   43,409
1979-10-27 #9 Texas* Texas Stadium • Irving, TX L 6-30   53,327
1979-11-03 at Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX L 14-47   58,690
1979-11-10 at Wichita State Cessna StadiumWichita, KS W 34-0   6,110
1979-11-17 Texas Tech Texas Stadium • Irving, TX W 35-10   42,226
1979-11-24 at #7 Arkansas War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR L 7-31   54,718
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1980 Season[edit]

1980 SMU Mustangs football
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches #20
AP #20
1980 record 8-4 (5–3 SWC)
Head coach Ron Meyer
Home stadium Texas Stadium (c. 65,101)
Seasons
« 1979 1981 »
1980 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#14 Baylor 8 0 0     10 2 0
#20 SMU 5 3 0     8 4 0
Houston 5 3 0     7 5 0
Texas 4 4 0     7 5 0
Rice 4 4 0     5 6 0
Arkansas 3 5 0     7 5 0
Texas Tech 3 5 0     5 6 0
Texas A&M 3 5 0     4 7 0
TCU 1 7 1     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
1980-09-13 North Texas* Texas StadiumIrving, TX W 28-9   52,781
1980-09-20 Texas Christian Texas Stadium • Irving, TX W 17-14   39,622
1980-09-27 Texas-Arlington* Texas Stadium • Irving, TX W 52-16   26,611
1980-10-04 at Tulane* Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA W 31-21   42,563
1980-10-11 at #18 Baylor #20 Baylor StadiumWaco, TX L 28-32   35,000
1980-10-18 Houston Texas Stadium • Irving, TX L 11-13   32,109
1980-10-25 at #2 Texas Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX ABC W 20-6   73,535
1980-11-01 Texas A&M #19 Texas Stadium • Irving, TX W 27-0   41,289
1980-11-08 at Rice #18 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 34-14   23,000
1980-11-15 at Texas Tech #18 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX L 0-14   42,197
1980-11-23 Arkansas Texas Stadium • Irving, TX W 31-7   28,225
1980-12-19 vs. #13 Brigham Young #20 Jack Murphy StadiumSan Diego, CA (Holiday Bowl) L 45-46   52,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Season summary[edit]

Texas[edit]

SMU at Texas
1 2 3 4 Total
SMU 0 3 10 7 20
Texas 3 3 0 0 6

It was SMU's first win versus Texas in 14 years.

[4]


1981 Season[edit]

1981 SMU Mustangs football
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
AP #5
1981 record 10-1 (7–1 SWC)
Head coach Ron Meyer
Home stadium Texas Stadium (c. 65,101)
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »
1981 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 SMU 7 1 0     10 1 0
#2 Texas 6 1 1     10 1 1
Houston 5 2 1     7 4 1
Arkansas 5 3 0     8 4 0
Texas A&M 4 4 0     7 5 0
Rice 3 5 0     4 7 0
Baylor 3 5 0     5 6 0
TCU 1 6 1     2 7 2
Texas Tech 0 7 1     1 9 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Main Article: 1981 SMU Mustangs football team

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