Iron Skillet History
State Farm signed on as the presenting partner of the DFW Duel in August of 2007, which features one of the most storied and heated rivalries in all of collegiate athletics in the TCU Horned Frogs and SMU Mustangs. Located less than 45 minutes from one another, the crosstown rivals have been battling each other on the field of competition since the early 1900s with over 300 games played on the gridiron and hardwood.
The rivalry was created during the 1915 season when the Frogs recorded a 43-0 victory over the Mustangs followed by 48-3 and 21-0 triumphs over the following two seasons (a combined 112-3 score during that period).
During the post-World War II college football boom, the student bodies at TCU and SMU created a traveling trophy called the Iron Skillet that was presented to the winner of the annual football game. Over the next few decades, the tradition of the Iron Skillet died, but the rivalry continued to be as heated as ever between the two schools.
As members of the Southwest Conference, the Iron Skillet was revived during the 1993 season where SMU defeated the Frogs by a 21-15 margin. Since losing the Iron Skillet following that game, the Frogs have been on a roll with a 13-4 record over the Mustangs during that span.
Under current head coach Gary Patterson, the Frogs have won nine of 11 games against the Mustangs minus a contest in 2006 between the two programs, which marked the first time since 1925 that the two teams did not play each other when both fielding teams.
After capturing the Iron Skillet in 1999, the Frogs went on to capture six consecutive meetings against the Mustangs before suffering a 21-10 setback to SMU during the 2005 campaign.
After recapturing the Iron Skillet with a 21-7 victory during the 2007 season, the Frogs won four consecutive meetings by a combined score of 149-52, including a 41-24 victory during the 2010 campaign, before falling in 2011.
The Battle for the Iron Skillet | Last 13 Meetings