1928 SMU Mustangs football team

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1928 SMU Mustangs football
Conference Southwest Conference
1928 record 6–3–1 (2–2–1 SWC)
Head coach Ray Morrison (9th season)
Home stadium Ownby Stadium
Seasons
← 1927
1929 →
1928 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas $ 5 1 0     7 2 0
Arkansas 3 1 0     7 2 0
Baylor 3 2 0     8 2 0
TCU 3 2 0     8 2 0
SMU 2 2 1     6 3 1
Texas A&M 1 3 1     5 4 1
Rice 0 5 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1928 SMU Mustangs football team represented Southern Methodist University during the 1928 college football season, their 13th season in existence.

Their year began with two easy victories against the outmatched Denton(Texas) Normal Teachers' College (known in later years as the University of North Texas) and Howard Payne.

These games led into what could be seen as the highlight of the year, a contest against Army, already a national college football juggernaut. Although they could not win, they came within a point of victory against the powerhouse.

SMU survived a scare returning to Texas, defeating Simmons College (now Hardin-Simmons) by only 6-0 in Wichita Falls, although SMU did not play its regular players, who were still feeling fatigue returning from the Army game at West Point.

The Mustangs began their conference schedule against Rice with another convincing victory, and then added another victory against non-conference foe Trinity. However, their momentum was shattered with a difficult loss to the University of Texas, the eventual conference champions.

That Texas game would prove to be pivotal for the Mustangs in the race for the conference crown, as SMU ended the season with a tie against A&M and then two consecutive conference losses, finishing with a homecoming game [1] loss against TCU where the entire coaching staff was out with the flu. [2]

The campaign marked SMU's first with an All-American, with left guard and team co-captain Henry Jack "Choc" Sanders earning the honors from the The New York Sun[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 22 North Texas State Teachers[3]* Ownby StadiumDallas, TX W 60–6  
September 29 Howard Payne* Ownby Stadium • Dallas, TX W 31–0  
October 6 at Army* Michie StadiumWest Point, NY L 13–14  
October 13 vs. Simmons (TX)* Spudder Park[4]Wichita Falls, TX[5][6] W 6–0  
October 20 Rice Fair Park Stadium • Dallas, TX (Rivalry) W 53–13  
October 27 Trinity (TX)* Ownby Stadium • Dallas, TX W 60–7  
November 3 at Texas War Memorial StadiumAustin, TX W 6–2  
November 10 Texas A&M Ownby Stadium • Dallas, TX T 19–19  
November 17 at Baylor Cotton PalaceWaco, TX L 0–2  
November 24 TCU Ownby Stadium • Dallas, TX (Rivalry) L 6–15  
*Non-conference game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SMU vs. TCU Homecoming Game Program Cover (1928)". Southern Methodist University Campus Memories. Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University. November 29, 1928. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b SMU Rotunda - 1929. Southern Methodist University. 1929. p. 292. 
  3. ^ The Rotunda - 1928. Southern Methodist University. 1928. p. 285. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Simmons Tangles With S.M.U. Today". The Simmons Brand. October 13, 1928. p. 1. Retrieved January 11, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Lone Touchdown Saves Mustangs From Tie WIth Fighting Cowboys". The Simmons Brand. October 20, 1928. p. 3. Retrieved January 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Simmons Holds". Breckenridge American. October 14, 1928. p. 2. Retrieved January 11, 2017.