Texas A&M Football: Ranking Aggies’ top 10 bowl games in school history

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No. 8 – 1968 Cotton Bowl

This game makes the list not because of how great the 1967 Aggies were, but for who the Aggies were playing in the game. On the Aggie sideline, was coach Gene Stallings and on the opposite sideline was Alabama and former Aggie coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.

Stallings, quarterback Edd Hargett and crew capitalized all day on Crimson Tide mistakes to hold on to a 20-16 win. The 1967 Aggies started the year with four straight losses including the season and conference opener to SMU. After that, the Aggies would win six straight including a 10-7 victory over Texas to win the Southwest Conference.

The Aggies would finish 7-4, the only winning season for Stallings.

No. 7 – 1977 Sun Bowl

After the 1975 season, which saw the Aggies reach No. 2 in the rankings before losing their last two games, the Aggieland faithful had some things to look forward to in 1976. The Aggies would finish third after losing to co-champions Houston (loss to Arkansas) and Texas Tech (loss to Houston).

The Sun Bowl would invite A&M to play Florida and the game was completely dominated by the Aggies. Florida produced only two first downs in the first half while not completing a single pass.

All-American kicker Tony Franklin set the college bowl record that still stands with a 62 yard field goal in the second quarter. He would win the MVP award in the game with three field goals and two extra points. Aggie fullback, George Woodard, could have won the award as well rushing for 125 yards with three touchdowns in the 37-14 win.

The Aggies would finish 10-2 and ranked No. 7 in the final AP and No. 8 in the final coaches polls.