As time ran out and Texas pressed desperately to tie, Phillips again gathered in a cross. Coming down, he was shoved hard by a Longhorn player. Phillips elbowed him out of the way. The Texas player fell down, and SMU's Tony Mungioli may or may not have kicked him on purpose. It depended on your point of view.
Both coaches came onto the field to conduct loud negotiations with the referee. A frustrated Longhorn player shoved Benedek. Several Texas fans joined the caucus, as did SMU's assistant, Ashmore.
But Benedek has become expert at talking to opposition fans, and the scene finally drained of tension. The game ended with frayed tempers but with SMU clinging to victory.
"The pressure's off for a little while," sighed Benedek, watching his players use their warmup suits to dry off in the locker room.
Next year, with only Mungioli graduating, Phillips and the Frisbee gang will undoubtedly be there, keeping the ball rolling, though it may take some funny bounces now and then.