SMU–TCU football rivalry

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SMU–TCU football rivalry
2014 Battle for the Iron Skillet logo.jpg
First meeting October 18, 1915
TCU 43, SMU 0
Latest meeting September 19, 2015
TCU 56, SMU 37
Trophy Iron Skillet (See below)
Statistics
Meetings total 95
All-time series TCU leads, 48–40–7
Largest victory TCU, 56–0 (2014)
Longest streak SMU, 15 (1972–86)
Current streak TCU, 4 (2012–present)
SMU–TCU football rivalry is located in Texas
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The SMU–TCU football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the SMU Mustangs football team of Southern Methodist University (SMU) and TCU Horned Frogs football of Texas Christian University (TCU). The winner of the game receives an iron skillet as a trophy.

History[edit]

The teams have played all but six years since their first meeting in 1915. They did not face each other in 1919, 1920, 1925, 1987, 1988, or 2006. Although no longer in the same conference, SMU and TCU agreed to play each season through 2017 on an alternating home-and-away basis.

Iron Skillet[edit]

Two different versions of the story. In recent years SMU's website has claimed the following. TCU and SMU fans began the tradition back in 1946. During pre-game festivities, an SMU fan was frying frog legs as a joke before the game. A TCU fan, seeing this desecration of the "frog", went over and told him that eating the frog legs was going well beyond the rivalry and that they should let the game decide who would get the skillet and the frog legs. SMU won the game, and the skillet and frog legs went to SMU. The tradition eventually spilled over into the actual game and the Iron Skillet is now passed to the winner.[1]

An article from TCU magazine tells the following story. "The first "Battle for the Iron Skillet" occurred on November 30, 1946, as college football boomed after World War II. Weeks prior to the game, SMU’s Student Council proposed the idea of presenting a trophy to the winning team. TCU accepted the idea, and the two schools' governing bodies met in Dallas to set up the rules of the traveling trophy, which became the Iron Skillet." [2] The TCU magazine article has this to say about the other story "One mystery remains: Why a skillet? History books provide scant details. Some claim that an SMU fan in the 1950s was caught frying frogs legs in a skillet at a tailgate before the game, and a TCU fan wagered that the winner should take the pan home, but that conflicts with a published report of the skillet originating with the councils."

Notable games[edit]

1935: For the Rose Bowl[edit]

TCU and SMU again met to decide not only the SWC title but the first trip to the Rose Bowl for a team from the SWC. Grantland Rice of the New York Sun called it the "Game of the Century" and reported the following:

In a TCU Stadium that seated 30,000 spectators, over 36,000 wildly excited Texans and visitors from every corner of the map packed, jammed, and fought their way into every square foot of standing and seating space to see one of the greatest football games ever played…this tense, keyed up crowd even leaped the wire fences from the top of automobiles…"[3]

SMU scored the first 14 points. TCU, led by All-American quarterback Sammy Baugh, tied the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Then, with seven minutes left in the game SMU, on 4th and 4 on the Frogs' 37 yard-line, lined up to punt. Quarterback Bob Finley threw a 50-yard pass to running back Bobby Wilson who made what is described as a "jumping, twisting catch that swept him over the line for the touchdown."[3]

Game results[edit]

SMU victories TCU victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 October 18, 1915 Clark Field TCU 43–0
2 October 14, 1916 Armstrong Field TCU 48–3
3 October 20, 1917 Clark Field TCU 21–0
4 October 12, 1918 Armstrong Field SMU 1–0*
5 November 12, 1921 Armstrong Field TCU 13–6
6 December 2, 1922 Clark Field Tie 0–0
7 November 4, 1923 Armstrong Field SMU 40–0
8 November 1, 1924 Clark Field SMU 6–0
9 November 25, 1926 Ownby Stadium SMU 14–13
10 November 19, 1927 Clark Field SMU 28–6
11 November 24, 1928 Ownby Stadium TCU 15–6
12 November 30, 1929 Clark Field Tie 7–7
13 November 29, 1930 Ownby Stadium TCU 13–0
14 November 28, 1931 Amon G. Carter Stadium Tie 0–0
15 November 22, 1932 Ownby Stadium TCU 8–0
16 December 2, 1933 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 26–6
17 December 1, 1934 Ownby Stadium SMU 19–0
18 November 30, 1935 Amon G. Carter Stadium SMU 20–14
19 November 28, 1936 Ownby Stadium Tie 0–0
20 November 27, 1937 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 3–0
21 November 26, 1938 Ownby Stadium TCU 20–7
22 December 2, 1939 Amon G. Carter Stadium SMU 14–7
23 November 30, 1940 Ownby Stadium SMU 16–0
24 November 29, 1941 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 15–13
25 November 28, 1942 Ownby Stadium TCU 14–6
26 November 27, 1943 Amon G. Carter Stadium SMU 20–0
27 December 2, 1944 Ownby Stadium SMU 9–6
28 December 1, 1945 Amon G. Carter Stadium SMU 34–0
29 November 30, 1946 Ownby Stadium SMU 30–13
30 November 29, 1947 Amon G. Carter Stadium Tie 19–19
31 November 27, 1948 Cotton Bowl Tie 7–7
32 November 26, 1949 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 26–13
33 December 2, 1950 Cotton Bowl TCU 27–13
34 December 1, 1951 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 13–2
35 November 29, 1952 Cotton Bowl TCU 14–7
36 November 28, 1953 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 13–0
37 November 27, 1954 Cotton Bowl SMU 21–6
38 November 26, 1955 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 20–13
39 December 1, 1956 Cotton Bowl TCU 21–6
40 November 30, 1957 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 21–0
41 November 29, 1958 Cotton Bowl SMU 20–13
42 November 28, 1959 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 19–0
43 November 26, 1960 Cotton Bowl TCU 13–0
44 December 2, 1961 Amon G. Carter Stadium Tie 28–28
45 December 1, 1962 Cotton Bowl TCU 14–9
46 November 23, 1963 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 22–15
47 November 28, 1964 Cotton Bowl TCU 17–6
48 November 27, 1965 Cotton Bowl TCU 10–7
49 November 26, 1966 Cotton Bowl SMU 21–0
# Date Location Winner Score
50 December 2, 1967 Cotton Bowl SMU 28–14
51 October 12, 1968 Amon G. Carter Stadium SMU 21–14
52 October 10, 1969 Cotton Bowl SMU 19–17
53 November 28, 1970 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 26–17
54 November 27, 1971 Cotton Bowl TCU 18–16
55 December 2, 1972 Amon G. Carter Stadium SMU 35–22
56 December 1, 1973 Cotton Bowl SMU 21–19
57 October 12, 1974 Amon G. Carter Stadium SMU 33–13
58 October 10, 1975 Cotton Bowl SMU 28–13
59 September 11, 1976 Cotton Bowl SMU 34–14
60 September 10, 1977 Amon G. Carter Stadium SMU 45–21
61 September 9, 1978 Cotton Bowl SMU 45–14
62 September 15, 1979 Amon G. Carter Stadium SMU 27–7
63 September 20, 1980 Texas Stadium SMU 17–14
64 September 26, 1981 Amon G. Carter Stadium SMU 20–9
65 September 25, 1982 Texas Stadium SMU 16–13
66 September 24, 1983 Amon G. Carter Stadium SMU 21–17
67 September 29, 1984 Texas Stadium SMU 26–17
68 September 28, 1985 Amon G. Carter Stadium SMU 56–21
69 September 27, 1986 Texas Stadium SMU 31–21
70 September 30, 1989 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 28–10
71 September 29, 1990 Ownby Stadium TCU 42–21
72 November 2, 1991 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 18–10
73 October 17, 1992 Ownby Stadium SMU 27–17
74 September 25, 1993 Amon G. Carter Stadium SMU 21–15
75 November 12, 1994 Ownby Stadium TCU 35–14
76 November 4, 1995 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 19–16
77 November 21, 1996 Cotton Bowl SMU 27–24
78 November 20, 1997 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 21–18
79 October 17, 1998 Cotton Bowl SMU 10–6
80 November 26, 1999 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 21–0
81 November 24, 2000 Gerald J. Ford Stadium TCU 62–7
82 September 8, 2001 Gerald J. Ford Stadium TCU 38–10
83 September 14, 2002 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 17–6
84 November 29, 2003 Gerald J. Ford Stadium TCU 20–13
85 September 11, 2004 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 44–0
86 September 10, 2005 Gerald J. Ford Stadium SMU 21–10
87 September 22, 2007 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 21–7
88 September 20, 2008 Gerald J. Ford Stadium TCU 48–7
89 October 3, 2009 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 39–14
90 September 24, 2010 Gerald J. Ford Stadium TCU 41–24
91 October 1, 2011 Amon G. Carter Stadium SMU 40–33OT
92 September 30, 2012 Gerald J. Ford Stadium TCU 24–16
93 September 28, 2013 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 48–17
94 September 27, 2014 Gerald J. Ford Stadium TCU 56–0
95 September 19, 2015 Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU 56–37
96 September 23, 2016 Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Series: TCU leads 48–40–7

^* TCU forfeited the 1918 game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Battle for the Iron Skillet". smu.edu. 
  2. ^ http://www.magazine.tcu.edu/Magazine/Article.aspx?ArticleId=199#sthash.8aepGsgP.dpuf
  3. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan & Fitzgerald, Francis J., ed. (1996). Greatest Moments in TCU football. AdCraft Sports Marketing. p. 55. ISBN 1-887761-04-7. 

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