Dallas vs. Fort Worth. Mustangs vs. Horned Frogs. SMU vs. TCU. Yes, one of the most epic, long-lasting rivalries in college football occurred this past weekend with our SMU Mustang football team taking on the previously ranked #20 TCU Horned Frogs in our 91st meeting for the Battle for the Iron Skillet! I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Fort Worth to be a part of the rowdy SMU student section and support our Mustangs! Decked out in my traditional red and blue attire, I was ready to endure any heckles I might get from supporting the visiting team, lose my voice with first down and touchdown chants, and move my feet to the beat of the fourth quarter shuffle!
The game was filled with touchdown celebrations, moments I couldn’t bear to watch, and lots of nail-biting third down conversions, all that lead up to overtime! With the game tied at 33 each, I was extremely nervous as to what the outcome would be. We had come so far and the game had been filled with so many highs and lows that I didn’t want our football team to go home empty-handed! TCU won the coin toss and chose to defend initially, which put the ball in the hands of our offense first. When SMU Quarterback J.J. McDermott completed his 19-yard pass to Jeremy Johnson, the SMU student section went absolutely insane!
Now, all we could do was wait. With TCU unable to score during their possession, the realization finally hit that we had WON! SMU students and fans stormed the field to celebrate with our team, an emotion-filled scene that was one of the most amazing moments I’ve had as a student at SMU. In traditional SMU fashion, we all gathered together to sing our school song “The Varsity” with the players and the Mustang Band. It was a truly magical moment, commemorating not only our spirited win, but an important moment in SMU history. I’m so blessed to have gotten the chance to be there in person, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for our SMU football program! PONY UP!