1975 Texas A&M Aggies football team

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1975 Texas A&M Aggies football
Texas A&M University aTm logo.svg
Southwest Conference Co-Champions
Liberty Bowl vs. USC, L 0–20
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
AP #11
1975 record 10–2 (6–1 SWC)
Head coach Emory Bellard
Offensive coordinator Tom Wilson
Defensive coordinator Melvin Robertson
Home stadium Kyle Field
Seasons
« 1974 1976 »
1975 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Arkansas § 6 1 0     10 2 0
#6 Texas § 6 1 0     10 2 0
#11 Texas A&M § 6 1 0     10 2 0
Texas Tech 4 3 0     6 5 0
Baylor 2 5 0     3 6 2
SMU 2 5 0     4 7 0
Rice 1 6 0     2 9 0
TCU 1 6 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1975 Texas A&M Aggies football team represented Texas A&M University during the 1975 college football season. The team was ranked second in the nation late in the season before losing its last two games. The Aggies finished as Southwest Conference co-champions with both the Texas Longhorns and the Arkansas Razorbacks. The three co-champions each finished with a 10–2 overall win–loss record and a 6–1 record against Southwest Conference opponents.

Season summary[edit]

The 1975 Aggie football team started its season with ten wins. Its tenth victory came on Thanksgiving Day over the Texas Longhorns. The Aggies were ranked second in the nation after the game against Texas, but starting quarterback Mike Jay suffered a back injury in the 10–0 win over the Longhorns. The next game, a December 6 matchup against the Arkansas Razorbacks, had been rescheduled from its typical early November timeframe due to TV scheduling concerns. With Jay injured, Texas A&M backup quarterback David Shipman was called upon to play against Arkansas, who was ranked 18th in the nation. The Aggies were trailing 7–0 at halftime and they lost by a final score of 31–6.

Before the loss at Arkansas, Texas A&M had appeared to be headed for the Cotton Bowl. Instead, the sixth-ranked team faced the unranked USC Trojans in the Liberty Bowl. USC had been ranked in the top five teams nationally in early November, but they struggled late in the season and came into the bowl game with a 7-4 record.[1] The Aggies suffered a 20–0 loss and finished the season ranked #11. The 1975 Liberty Bowl was the final game for USC coach John McKay, as his success had earned him a job with the NFL expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[2]

The 1975 team was bolstered by the play of four-year starter and running back Bubba Bean, who became the first Aggie featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Bean was selected to play in that year's Senior Bowl, where he caught an 82-yard touchdown pass. He rushed for 944 yards on the season and scored a team-high 8 touchdowns.[3] Bean finished his college career with 2,846 yards rushing.[4] Bean was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the ninth pick in the first round of the 1976 NFL Draft.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13 Ole Miss* #8 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX W 7–0   47,021
September 20 at LSU* #11 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) W 39–8   69,445
September 27 Illinois* #8 Kyle Field • College Station, TX ABC-R W 43–13   45,524
October 4 at Kansas State* #6 KSU StadiumManhattan, KS W 10–0   37,100
October 11 at Texas Tech #6 Clifford B. and Audrey Jones StadiumLubbock, TX (Rivalry) W 38–9   52,254
October 18 TCU #5 Kyle Field • College Station, TX (Rivalry) W 14–6   34,210
October 25 Baylor #5 Kyle Field • College Station, TX (Battle of the Brazos) W 19–10   53,693
November 8 SMU #4 Kyle Field • College Station, TX W 36–3   49,809
November 15 at Rice #3 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 33–14   67,000
November 28 #5 Texas #2 Kyle Field • College Station, TX (Rivalry) ABC W 20–10   56,679
December 6 at #18 Arkansas #2 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR (Rivalry) ABC L 6–31   52,000
December 22 vs. USC* #6 Memphis Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) ABC L 0–20   52,129
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boyles, Bob, Guido, Paul (2009). The USA Today College Football Encyclopedia. Skyhorse Publishing. p. 327. ISBN 1602396779. 
  2. ^ Farmer, Sam (January 12, 2007). "He took the money and ran -- to Tampa". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "1975 Texas A&M Aggies Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bubba Bean '75, Football". Texas A&M Letterman's Association. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bubba Bean". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 29, 2013.