Safeway Bowl

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Safeway Bowl
Sport Football
First meeting October 7, 1922
SMU 66, North Texas 0
Latest meeting September 9, 2017
SMU 54, North Texas 32
Next meeting September 1, 2018
Statistics
Meetings total 37
All-time series SMU leads 31–5–1 (.847)
Largest victory SMU, 68–0 (1927)
Longest win streak SMU, 11 (1934–1976)
Current win streak SMU, 3 (2015–present)
Safeway Bowl is located in Texas
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SMU
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Locations in Texas

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 on and off 37 times dating back to 1922 with three major hiatuses, from 1943 to 1973, from 1993 to 2005, and from 2007 to 2013. The most recent meetings between the two teams occurred in 2017, when the Mustangs defeated the Mean Green 54–32. In 2013, both schools announced the series would be extended through 2025, continuing its current home-and-home format.[2]

Game results[edit]

SMU victories North Texas victories Tie games
No. Date Location Winner Score
1 October 7, 1922 Armstrong Field SMU 66–0
2 September 29, 1923 Armstrong Field SMU 41–0
3 September 27, 1924 Armstrong Field SMU 7–0
4 September 26, 1925 Armstrong Field SMU 48–0
5 September 24, 1926 Ownby Stadium SMU 42–0
6 September 24, 1927 Ownby Stadium SMU 68–0
7 September 22, 1928 Ownby Stadium SMU 60–6
8 September 21, 1929 Ownby Stadium SMU 13–3
9 September 26, 1931 Ownby Stadium SMU 13–0
10 September 24, 1932 Ownby Stadium Tie 0–0
11 September 23, 1933 Ownby Stadium North Texas 7–0
12 September 22, 1934 Ownby Stadium SMU 33–0
13 September 21, 1935 Ownby Stadium SMU 39–0
14 September 26, 1936 Ownby Stadium SMU 6–0
15 September 25, 1937 Ownby Stadium SMU 14–0
16 September 24, 1938 Ownby Stadium SMU 34–7
17 October 7, 1939 Ownby Stadium SMU 16–0
18 October 5, 1940 Ownby Stadium SMU 20–0
19 September 27, 1941 Ownby Stadium SMU 54–0
No. Date Location Winner Score
20 September 26, 1942 Ownby Stadium SMU 26–7
21 September 14, 1974 Cotton Bowl SMU 7–6
22 September 25, 1976 Cotton Bowl SMU 38–31
23 September 17, 1977 Texas Stadium North Texas 24–13
24 September 22, 1979 Texas Stadium SMU 20–9
25 September 13, 1980 Texas Stadium SMU 28–9
26 September 12, 1981 Texas Stadium SMU 34–7
27 October 2, 1982 Texas Stadium SMU 38–10
28 September 22, 1984 Texas Stadium SMU 24–6
29 October 28, 1989 Ownby Stadium SMU 35–9
30 October 6, 1990 Fouts Field North Texas 14–7
31 September 12, 1992 Ownby Stadium SMU 28–14
32 September 9, 2006 Fouts Field North Texas 24–6
33 September 8, 2007 Gerald J. Ford Stadium SMU 45–31
34 September 6, 2014 Apogee Stadium North Texas 43–6
35 September 12, 2015 Gerald J. Ford Stadium SMU 31–13
36 September 3, 2016 Apogee Stadium SMU 34–21
37 September 9, 2017 Gerald J. Ford Stadium SMU 54–32
Series: SMU leads 31–5–1

Notes[edit]

• Despite having their home games at the Cotton Bowl for 46 years, North Texas played SMU there just twice. The first 21 games of the series came before the arrival of Doak Walker to SMU, whose play attracted the large crowds that prompted the school to move its home games out of Ownby Stadium to the larger venue in Fair Park.
• Of the 37 games played between the two schools, just four of those have taken place in Denton. Ownby Stadium was seen as the far superior venue to the tiny Eagle Field that North Texas played on before 1952, which sat just 5,000 people to Ownby's 23,000. When the series resumed in the 1970s, the Cotton Bowl and Texas Stadium both held vastly more fans than Fouts Field could. Only after SMU moved its home games back on campus following the death penalty did the schools start playing games in Denton. Fouts Field hosted its first Safeway Bowl in 1990, which North Texas won to snap a six-game losing streak in the series.
• Both schools have largely had success in the series when playing on their campuses. North Texas holds a 3–1–0 record in games played at Fouts Field or Apogee Stadium, while SMU holds a remarkable 23–1–1 record in games played at Armstrong Field, Ownby Stadium, or Ford Stadium. SMU's only win on UNT's campus came on September 3rd, 2016 while UNT's only win on SMU's campus came on September 23rd, 1933. SMU leads the series 7–1–0 when the game was played at either the Cotton Bowl or Texas Stadium.
• 16 of the 37 contests have ended with a shutout (43%), including the 1932 game which ended in a scoreless tie. North Texas was on the losing end of all of those shutouts except the tie and a 7–0 win in 1933 (UNT's most recent win on SMU's campus). The first six games of the series, all won by SMU, were also shutouts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watkins, Calvin (2005-02-08). "SMU, North Texas to Resume Football Series". The Dallas Morning News. 
  2. ^ Capper, Eric (2013). "Future Non-Conference Schedules". North Texas 2013 Football Prospectus (PDF) (Prospectus). Denton, Texas: University of North Texas. p. 13.