COLLEGE STATION Saturday is Texas A&M's fourth consecutive home game to start the season, something they haven't done since 1984. That season, the Aggies won 3 of those 4 games, a feat they can repeat with a win Saturday night. However, that '84 team only went on to win six games all season.
This week, five years ago, the Aggies received a visit from the "U." The Aggies got off to a good start. Jerrod Johnson and Mike Goodson hook up on a 62-yard touchdown for an early Aggie lead, but the Hurricanes put 41 of the next 44 points on the board. Craig Cooper ran for two first quarter touchdowns and Robert Marve threw for 212 yards and two scores. Miami went on to beat the Aggies that day 41-23.
15 years back in Aggie history, A&M took a trip to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to take on Southern Miss. Dante Hall gave the Aggies a double digit first half advantage with ha 44-yard touchdown run. A&M led 14-0 at the half and outlasted the Golden Eagles and the rain in the second half. Hall added another score in the third quarter and ran for 72 yards in the game. A&M got the road win 24-6.
Turn the clock back 25 years this week and it's a tough road trip to Stillwater. Eventual Heisman trophy winner Barry Sanders showed his stuff, rushing for 157 yards in the game, including this 58-yard run to get the scoring started. The man who was 40 a few years ago was just 21 at the time, but Mike Gundy added 143 yards passing and one touchdown. OSU got the 52-15 win as the Aggies fell to 0-3 that season.
30 years ago this week, another tough loss to Oklahoma State, this time at Kyle Field. The Ags led 6-0 after the first quarter, but could not stop the Cowboy ground game. OSU rolled up 257 yards on the ground on the way to a 34-15 win. One of the few Aggie bright spots in the game was a 38-yard touchdown pass from freshman Kevin Murray to Jeff Nelson.