SMU Mustangs football under Tom Rossley

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Tom Rossley was the coach of the Southern Methodist University's football team from 1991 to 1996. He compiled a 15–48–3 record, and was succeeded by Mike Cavan.[1]

1991 Season[edit]

1991 SMU Mustangs football
Conference Southwest Conference
1991 record 1–10 (0–8 SWC)
Head coach Tom Rossley
Home stadium Ownby Stadium (c. 23,783)
Seasons
« 1990 1992 »
1991 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#12 Texas A&M 8 0 0     10 2 0
Baylor 5 3 0     8 4 0
Texas Tech 5 3 0     6 5 0
Arkansas 5 3 0     6 6 0
TCU 4 4 0     7 4 0
Texas 4 4 0     5 6 0
Houston 3 5 0     4 7 0
Rice 2 6 0     4 7 0
SMU 0 8 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 7:00 PM at Arkansas War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR L 6–17   49,216
September 14 6:00 PM at Vanderbilt* Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN L 11–14   31,104
September 28 12:00 PM #12 Baylor Ownby StadiumUniversity Park, TX Raycom L 7–45   22,239
October 5 7:00 PM at Tulane* Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA W 31–17   19,708
October 12 2:00 PM Texas Tech Ownby Stadium • University Park, TX L 14–38   22,412
October 19 4:00 PM at Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX L 20–49   17,339
October 26 2:00 PM Texas Cotton BowlDallas, TX L 0–34   26,000
November 2 2:00 PM at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX L 10–18   24,021
November 9 2:00 PM Ricedagger Ownby Stadium • University Park, TX L 10–31   13,100
November 23 2:00 PM at #12 Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX L 6–65   52,523
November 30 2:00 PM #22 Tulsa* Ownby Stadium • University Park, TX L 26–31   7,900
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

1992 Season[edit]

1992 SMU Mustangs football
Conference Southwest Conference
1992 record 5–6 (2–5 SWC)
Head coach Tom Rossley
Home stadium Ownby Stadium (c. 23,783)
Seasons
« 1991 1993 »
1992 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Texas A&M 7 0 0     12 1 0
Baylor 4 3 0     7 5 0
Rice 4 3 0     6 5 0
Texas 4 3 0     6 5 0
Texas Tech 4 3 0     5 6 0
SMU 2 5 0     5 6 0
Houston 2 5 0     4 7 0
TCU 1 6 0     2 8 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 7:00 PM Tulane* Ownby StadiumUniversity Park, TX L 12–13   15,100
September 12 12:00 PM North Texas* Ownby Stadium • University Park, TX W 28–14   10,200
September 19 8:05 PM at New Mexico* University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM W 20–13   21,660
September 26 12:00 PM TCU Ownby Stadium • University Park, TX Raycom W 21–9   18,100
October 3 1:00 PM at Baylor Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, TX L 7–49   24,926
October 10 12:00 PM at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX Raycom L 13–28   15,100
October 24 2:00 PM at Texas Tech Jones StadiumLubbock, TX L 25–39   34,056
October 31 2:00 PM #5 Texas A&M Cotton BowlDallas, TX L 7–41   41,417
November 7 2:00 PM Houston Ownby Stadium • University Park, TX W 41–16   14,273
November 14 1:00 PM at Texas Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX L 14–35   61,248
November 21 2:00 PM at Arkansas* War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR W 24–19   41,080
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

1993 Season[edit]

1993 SMU Mustangs football
Conference Southwest Conference
1993 record 2–7–2 (1–5–1 SWC)
Head coach Tom Rossley
Home stadium Ownby Stadium (c. 23,783)
Seasons
« 1992 1994 »
1993 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9 Texas A&M 7 0 0     10 2 0
Texas 5 2 0     5 5 1
Texas Tech 5 2 0     6 6 0
Rice 3 4 0     6 5 0
Baylor 3 4 0     5 6 0
TCU 2 5 0     4 7 0
SMU 1 5 1     2 7 2
Houston 1 5 1     1 9 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 7:00 PM Arkansas* Cotton BowlDallas, TX L 6–10   26,163
September 11 7:00 PM Wisconsin* Ownby StadiumUniversity Park, TX L 16–24   19,013
September 25 7:00 PM at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX W 21–15   26,799
October 2 1:00 PM at Missouri* Faurot FieldColumbia, MO T 10–10   39,795
October 9 2:00 PM Baylor Ownby Stadium • University Park, TX L 12–31   20,216
October 16 2:00 PM at Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX T 28–28   15,973
October 23 12:00 PM vs. Texas AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX Raycom L 10–37   42,787
October 30 2:00 PM at #11 Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX L 13–37   53,076
November 6 2:00 PM Rice Ownby Stadium • University Park, TX L 24–31   14,117
November 13 2:00 PM Texas Tech Ownby Stadium • University Park, TX L 24–41   15,714
November 20 12:30 PM at Navy* Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD W 42–13   24,639
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

1994 Season[edit]

1994 SMU Mustangs football
Conference Southwest Conference
1994 record 1–9–1 (0–6–1 SWC)
Head coach Tom Rossley
Home stadium Ownby Stadium (c. 23,783)
Seasons
« 1993 1995 »
1994 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8 Texas A&M* 6 0 1     10 0 1
#25 Texas § 4 3 0     8 4 0
Baylor § 4 3 0     7 5 0
TCU § 4 3 0     7 5 0
Texas Tech § 4 3 0     6 6 0
Rice § 4 3 0     5 6 0
Houston 1 6 0     1 10 0
SMU 0 6 1     1 9 1
§ – Conference co-champions
  • *Texas A&M ineligible for championship and post-season due to NCAA sanctions
    Rankings from AP Poll
Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 3:00 PM at Arkansas* War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR L 14–34   51,180
September 10 6:30 PM at #13 UCLA* Rose BowlPasadena, CA L 10–17   40,638
September 17 12:00 PM New Mexico* Ownby StadiumUniversity Park, TX Raycom W 34–31   11,100
September 24 2:00 PM at Texas Tech Jones StadiumLubbock, TX L 7–35   29,521
October 1 2:00 PM #18 North Carolina* Ownby Stadium • University Park, TX L 24–28   18,200
October 8 1:00 PM at #23 Baylor Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, TX L 10–44   34,869
October 15 12:00 PM Houston Cotton BowlDallas, TX Raycom L 33–39   11,400
October 22 12:00 PM at #13 Texas Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX Raycom L 20–42   61,307
October 29 2:00 PM vs. #7 Texas A&M AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX T 21–21   51,056
November 5 12:00 PM at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX Raycom L 10–17   17,800
November 12 2:00 PM TCU Ownby Stadium • University Park, TX L 14–35   20,463
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

1995 Season[edit]

1995 SMU Mustangs football
Conference Southwest Conference
1995 record 1–10 (0–7 SWC)
Head coach Tom Rossley
Home stadium Cotton Bowl (stadium) (c. 71,615)
Seasons
« 1994 1996 »
1995 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#14 Texas 7 0 0     10 2 1
#15 Texas A&M 5 2 0     9 3 0
#23 Texas Tech 5 2 0     9 3 0
Baylor 5 2 0     7 4 0
TCU 3 4 0     6 5 0
Houston 2 5 0     2 9 0
Rice 1 6 0     2 8 1
SMU 0 7 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

SMU returned to the Cotton Bowl on a permanent basis for the first time since 1978. The Cotton Bowl was SMU's home stadium from 1932 through 1978, during which SMU rose to national prominence. SMU opened the season with an upset over eventual SEC West champion Arkansas 17–14. This was SMU's final season in the Southwest Conference, their home since 1918. SMU, along with TCU and Rice, would join the Western Athletic Conference for the 1996 Season.

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 7:00 PM Arkansas* Cotton BowlDallas, TX W 17–14   29,107
September 9 7:00 PM Navy* Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 2–33   20,302
September 16 1:30 PM at #14 Oklahoma* Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK L 10–24   64,217
September 23 1:00 PM at Wisconsin* Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 0–42   77,108
September 30 12:00 PM #21 Texas Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX Raycom L 10–35   26,921
October 14 1:00 PM at #22 Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX L 17–20   59,573
October 21 7:00 PM at Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX L 15–38   13,850
October 28 1:00 PM Rice Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 24–34   11,524
November 4 2:00 PM at TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX L 16–19   28,312
November 11 1:00 PM Baylor Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 7–48   15,941
November 18 1:00 PM Texas Tech Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 14–45   11,738
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

1996 Season[edit]

1996 SMU Mustangs football
Conference Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division
1996 record 5–6 (4–4 WAC)
Head coach Tom Rossley
Home stadium Cotton Bowl (c. 68,252)
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »
1996 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain
#5 BYU x   8 0         14 1  
Utah   6 2         8 4  
Rice   6 2         7 4  
SMU   4 4         5 6  
New Mexico   3 5         6 5  
TCU   3 5         4 7  
Tulsa   2 6         4 7  
UTEP   0 8         2 9  
Pacific
#22 Wyoming x   7 1         10 2  
San Diego State   6 2         8 3  
Colorado State   6 2         7 5  
Air Force   5 3         6 5  
Fresno State   3 5         4 7  
San Jose State   3 5         3 9  
Hawaii   1 7         2 10  
UNLV   1 8         1 11  
Championship: BYU 28, Wyoming 25 (OT)
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll


Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 7:00 PM Tulsa Cotton BowlDallas, TX W 17–10   12,177
September 7 2:00 PM at Arkansas* Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 23–10   44,695
September 14 7:00 PM Utah Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 17–21   22,614
September 21 6:00 PM at Navy Midshipmen football* Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD L 17–19   26,798
September 28 1:00 PM at #24 BYU Cougar StadiumProvo, UT L 3–31   62,537
October 5 7:00 PM Missouri* Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX L 26–27   23,132
October 19 2:00 PM at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX L 17–35   20,100
October 26 7:00 PM New Mexico Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX W 52–31   24,024
November 2 2:00 PM at #17 Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY L 17–59   17,268
November 9 8:00 PM at UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX W 30–0   14,590
November 21 8:00 PM TCU Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX ESPN W 27–24   21,141
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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