No. 6 – 1988 Cotton Bowl
This game had all the makings of a great game. Two teams ranked in the top 15 and Heisman winner and Dallas native, Tim Brown, was on the sideline for Notre Dame.
Brown and the Irish got going on the first drive of the game and would take an early lead before the Aggies countered with a field goal to end the first quarter. Notre Dame would counter with a field goal of their own to lead 10-3. Later in the second quarter, the Irish were driving again before Alex Morris intercepted the Terry Andrysiak pass. A&M would go 80 yards to tie the game at 10.
One play later, the game completely got away from Notre Dame.The Aggies recovered a fumble at the Irish 21 and would get into the end zone four plays later. The Aggies would go for two and get it to go up 18-10 at halftime.
The second half was all Aggies, outscoring the Irish 17-0. Brown would play big for the Irish, but would be ejected in the fourth quarter for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Aggies would finish 10-2 and ranked No. 10 in the final AP and No. 9 in the final coaches polls.