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Houston–SMU football rivalry

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Meetings total  32
Largest victory  Houston, 95–21 (1989)
All-time series  Houston leads, 20–11–1
Longest win streak  Houston, 6 (2006–11)
Houston–SMU football rivalry
First meeting  September 27, 1975 SMU 27, Houston 16
Latest meeting  October 22, 2016 SMU 38, Houston 16

The Houston–SMU football rivalry is a college football rivalry between the Houston Cougars and SMU Mustangs. Houston leads the series 20–11–1.


Series history

The first game took place on September 27, 1975, in Houston, Texas, and the two schools have continued to play each other with few interruptions since. Houston and SMU spent much of their athletic histories as members of the same conference: the Southwest Conference from 1977 to 1995, the Conference USA from 2005 to 2012, and their current conference of the American Athletic Conference since 2013.

1983 Mirage Bowl

The Tokyo, Japan bowl known as the Mirage Bowl was the longest road trip for both schools in their school history. A crowd of 62,000 watched as Lance McIlhenny led the Mustangs with two touchdown passes and along with the mistakes of the Cougars, which helped SMU take the victory 34–12.


Houston–SMU football rivalry Wikipedia