Ron Meyer carried off the field as 13-point underdog SMU got its first win versus Texas since 1966.
Meyer had decided to bench junior Mike Ford, who had thrown eight picks in two weeks, in favor of freshman Lance McEIlhenny at quarterback.
McEIlhenny #11, Tex #84 Mike Massey, #3 Mossy Cade
Craig James gained 49 yards the first time they had the ball, including runs of 23 and 18 yards where he was one missed tackle away from going the distance, but Eddie Garcia missed a 39-yard field goal left after the drive stalled at the Texas 22.
TEX: John Goodson 21 yard field goal...set up by 35 yards in penalties and a 14-yard pass from Donnie Little to Sanford Coggins to SMU 2
SMU: Garcia 47 yard field goal...set up by James' running and 16-yard end around by Mitchell Bennett
TEX: Goodson 47 yard field goal...into the wind, drove from their own 20
James finished with 85 yards on 13 carries in first half.
SMU: James 53 yard run (Garcia kick)...second possession of the half, James took pitchout around left end and scored untouched
SMU: Garcia 44 yard field goal
SMU: Mobley 22 yard interception return (Garcia kick)...Little overthrew TE Lawrence Stapleton, Mobley took it down the sidelines for the score
Texas later drove to SMU 3 but Dick Blaylock tackled Darryl Clark for six-yard loss and Rick McIvor threw an incomplete pass to end the drive
SMU ended their final threat when John Simmons intercepted a pass at the SMU 30 with less than two minutes
First Downs: SMU 14, TEX 15
Rushing: SMU 62/283, TEX 33/90
Passing: SMU 3, TEX 178
Return Yds: SMU 52, TEX 35
Punts: SMU 7/44, TEX 7/32
Fumbles: SMU 3/0, TEX 3/1
Penalties: SMU 7/55, TEX 6/49
SMU: McEIlhenny 1/8, 3 yards
TEX: Little 9/23, 76 yards, 2 INT, McIvor 7/12, 102 yards, INT
SMU: James 19/146, Dickerson 21/85
TEX: Tate 5/28, Little 9/24
SMU: Daryton 1/3
TEX: Tate 4/68, Clark 6/30
- "SMU shocks Texas behind James' running." Palm Beach Post. 26 Oct 1980.