COLLEGE STATION It's been an all Lone Star State non-conference schedule for the Aggies this season with wins over Rice, Sam Houston State, and SMU, and, of course the game against UTEP Saturday night.
The Aggies haven't lost an out of conference game against a Texas school since 1954. That was a loss to Texas Tech when the Red Raiders were in the border conference.
It's an almost perfect "week that was" for the Aggies as we turn back the clock, dust off the old tapes, and check in with this week's Old Army Rewind.
We start our flashback five years ago this week when the Aggies and the Colorado Buffaloes were still members of the Big 12. The Buffs built a 10-3 halftime lead, but the Aggies used a huge third quarter to get the win. Jerrod Johnson threw three touchdown passes, one to Ryan Tannehill and two to Jeff Fuller. Trent Hunter came up with the interception to seal the deal in the fourth quarter. The Aggies were a winner 24-17.
Ten years ago this week, the Aggies outlasted Kansas in a shootout. Once again, the third quarter proved to be the difference, as the Aggies came out of the locker room tied at 14 with the Jayhawks, but went into the fourth quarter up 38-20. Jaxson Appel scooped and scored on the first play of the third to put the Aggies ahead for good. Then, Courtney Lewis and Derek Farmer added rushing touchdowns to help put it out of reach. The Aggies rolled up 547 yards in a 45-33 win.
Turn back the clock 15 years ago, and the eventual 1998 Big 12 champs picked up a big road win in Stillwater. Randy McCown hit Matt Bumgardner with this 7 yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to give the Aggies a 7-6 lead, and that was all the Wrecking Crew needed. Oklahoma State could only muster 172 yards and six first downs in the game. Ja'mar Toombs ran for 111 yards and the Aggies won on the road 17-6.
20 years ago, this week in Aggie history, SMU proved to be no match for Texas A&M at Kyle Field. Greg Hill ran for 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Aggies rolled up 323 yards on the ground on a cold and windy day in College Station. Leeland McElroy helped put it away in the fourth quarter of a 37-13 Aggie victory.
We go back a quarter century, to early November 1988, and find a blow out win for A&M over Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs led 12-8 after one, but Larry Horton's 3 yard scoring scamper put the Ags up for good late in the second. The Aggies dominated the second half and pulled away. Bucky Richardson ran for 98 yards and threw for 126 more and Darren Lewis rolled up 160 yards on the ground as the Maroon and White defended the home field 56-17.
Finally, 30 years ago in Aggie history, the Aggies could not quite pull off the upset of 10th ranked SMU. Kevin Murray took it in from two yards out to give the Aggies a 7-3 lead at half. SMU answered in the third with a 28 yard Lance McIlhenny to Marquis Pleasant touchdown toss, and their defense helped them get the win. SMU stuffed the Aggies on three plays from inside the one yard line in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs escaped Kyle Field with a 10-7 win.
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