The game was the SMU football team‘s third bowl game in three years, tying the school record for consecutive bowls, and its 14th bowl appearance overall. The win marked the 100th collegiate win for Head Coach June Jones.
SMU now leads the series with Pitt at 3-2-1 all-time, with the 1983 Cotton Bowl their previous meeting. The two schools faced off four times between 1938 and 1948.
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