Safeway Bowl

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Safeway Bowl
North Texas Stacked Wordmark.png SMU script logo.png
North Texas Mean Green SMU Mustangs

Sport(s) Football
Total meetings 33
Series record SMU leads 28–4–1
First meeting October 7, 1922
SMU 66, North Texas 0
Last meeting September 8, 2007
SMU 45, North Texas 31
Next meeting 2014
Largest win September 24, 1927
SMU 68, North Texas 0
Trophy None

The Safeway Bowl is a college football rivalry game between the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Mustangs football team and the University of North Texas (UNT) Mean Green football team, two universities in Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Its name is derived from a challenge from then UNT head coach Matt Simon issued in 1994 after a two-year break in the series, stating "I'd like to play because I think we could beat them, and my players feel the same way. If they'd like to play on a Safeway parking lot ... just give us a date and time."[1]

The schools have played 33 times dating back to 1922. The most recent meetings between the two teams occurred in 2006, when the Mean Green defeated the Mustangs 24–6,[2] and 2007, the Mustangs defeated the Mean Green 45–31.[3] In 2013, North Texas announced that the teams would play each other each year between 2014 and 2025, alternating home fields between each year.[4]

Game results[edit]

Safeway Bowl
Date Year Location Winner Score

October 7 1922 Armstrong Field SMU 66-0
February 29 1923 Armstrong Field SMU 41-0
September 27 1924 Armstrong Field SMU 7-0
September 26 1925 Armstrong Field SMU 48-0
September 24 1926 Ownby Stadium SMU 42-0
September 24 1927 Ownby Stadium SMU 68-0
September 22 1928 Ownby Stadium SMU 60-6
September 21 1929 Ownby Stadium SMU 13-3
September 26 1931 Ownby Stadium SMU 13-0
September 24 1932 Ownby Stadium Tie 0-0
September 23 1933 Ownby Stadium UNT 7-0
September 22 1934 Ownby Stadium SMU 33-0
September 21 1935 Ownby Stadium SMU 39-0
September 26 1936 Ownby Stadium SMU 6-0
September 25 1937 Ownby Stadium SMU 14-0
September 24 1938 Ownby Stadium SMU 34-7
October 7 1939 Ownby Stadium SMU 16-0
October 5 1940 Ownby Stadium SMU 20-0
September 27 1941 Ownby Stadium SMU 54-0
September 26 1942 Ownby Stadium SMU 26-7
September 14 1974 Cotton Bowl SMU 7-6
September 25 1976 Cotton Bowl SMU 38-31
September 17 1977 Texas Stadium UNT 24-13
September 22 1979 Texas Stadium SMU 20-9
September 13 1980 Texas Stadium SMU 28-9
September 12 1981 Texas Stadium SMU 34-7
October 2 1982 Texas Stadium SMU 38-10
September 22 1984 Texas Stadium SMU 24-6
October 28 1989 Ownby Stadium SMU 35-9
October 6 1990 Fouts Field UNT 14-7
September 12 1992 Ownby Stadium SMU 28-14
September 9 2006 Fouts Field UNT 24-6
September 8 2007 Gerald J. Ford Stadium SMU 45-31
September 6 2014 Apogee Stadium TBD
September 12 2015 Gerald J. Ford Stadium TBD
September 3 2016 Apogee Stadium TBD
September 9 2017 Gerald J. Ford Stadium TBD
September 1 2018 Apogee Stadium TBD
September 7 2019 Gerald J. Ford Stadium TBD
September 5 2020 Apogee Stadium TBD
September 11 2021 Gerald J. Ford Stadium TBD
September 10 2022 Apogee Stadium TBD
September 9 2023 Gerald J. Ford Stadium TBD
September 7 2024 Apogee Stadium TBD
September 6 2025 Gerald J. Ford Stadium TBD

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watkins, Calvin (2005-02-08). "SMU, North Texas to Resume Football Series". The Dallas Morning News. 
  2. ^ Watkins, Calvin (2006-09-10). "UNT Shuts Down SMU" (PDF). The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  3. ^ "Willis throws for 353 as SMU beats North Texas". USA Today (Associated Press). 2007-09-08. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  4. ^ Capper, Eric (2013) (PDF). North Texas 2013 Football Prospectus (Prospectus). Denton, Texas: University of North Texas. p. 13. http://www.meangreensports.com//pdf9/1902887.pdf.