1980 Houston 13 SMU 11
The 1979 Houston Cougars won the SWC and were hoping to defend their title in 1980. The 1980 SMU Mustangs were in the clear midst of Ron Meyer’s epic rebuild. The two teams met October 18, 1980, and a “trick play” saved the Cougars on the road.
Tied at three in the third quarter Houston Terald Clark fumbled the ball at the SMU 20 the ball bounced until Houston receiver Eric Herring tried to recover it but instead knocked it to the three-yard line. Fellow Cougar Lonell Phea made his first attempt at a recovery, only to knock the ball into the end zone. Phea finally fell on the ball for the Cougars only touchdown, and a two-point win. Houston’s defense picked off SMU’s Mike Ford four times to preserve the outcome.