COLLEGE STATION The Aggies and Rice Owls are set to resume their rivalry after an 18 year break; but the series hasn't been much of a rivalry in a while. Texas A&M has won the last 15 in the series. Season openers have been a mixed bag for the Ags over the past few seasons, as the Maroon and White have won just six of their last ten first games of the season.
Here is visual evidence of season openers past. Some good, some not so much in this week's Old Army Rewind.
Not a great way to start, but we begin with the beginning of the Mike Sherman era at Texas A&M. This week, five years ago, the Aggies turned the ball over four times in an 18-14 home loss to Arkansas State. A&M gave up a 14-3 halftime lead, the Red Wolves scored the go ahead touchdown with just under five minutes to play, and picked off Stephen McGee to seal the deal on the upset.
Better results ten years ago this week, as the aggies beat the Arkansas State indians 26-11 at Kyle Field. Courtney Lewis ran for 74 yards and two touchdowns, the last one from 42 yards out with just over three minutes to go to put the game out of reach in Texas A&M's season opening victory.
15 years back, the 14th ranked Aggies opened the season at Giants Stadium against number two Florida State. Jay Brooks returned a fumble 21 yards right before the half to give Texas A&M a 14-10 lead at the break. But the seminoles held the Ags scoreless in the second half, and this 9-yard Chris Weinke to Peter Warrick touchdown toss put the Florida State ahead to stay in a 23-14 win.
This week, 20 years ago, the Aggies shut out LSU 23-0 at Kyle Field to get the 1993 season off to a great start. Rodney Thomas ran for 201 yards, including an 80 yard touchdown. The Wrecking Crew limited LSU to 206 total yards.
25 years back, another kick off classic at Giants Stadium, this one a 23-14 loss to second ranked Nebraska. The Aggies led 7-3 at the half, but the Huskers scored the next 17 points. A&M pulled within 20-14 late, but Nebraska added a late field goal and hung on to beat the 10th ranked Ags.
Finally, we flashback 30 years to a season opening loss to Cal. The Golden Bears lead 17-0 at the half, but two Rich Siler touchdown grabs and an Alan Smith field goal tied the game at 17. Cal would win it thanks to a safety, Ron Rivera tackled Jimmie Hawkins in the end zone with 57 seconds left to give the Golden Bears the win.