A&M had to replace quarterback Marion Pugh, running backs John Kimbrough and Bill Conatser and others from a team that went 20-1 in the previous two seasons. Still, the Aggies had firepower. In the season opener, Derace Moser and Leo Daniels combined to throw for 182 yards in a 54-0 rout of Sam Houston State. After beating A&M-Kingsville, the Aggies ran it up on NYU, 49-7. Moser and Tom Pickett both scored twice in the win. The team moved to 5-0 with shutout victories over Baylor and TCU. Against SMU, Moser ran for a touchdown, and found Marshall Spivey for two others in a 21-10 A&M win. A win over Rice moved A&M to 8-0 and 28-1 in its last 29 games. At No. 2 in the country, A&M took on No. 10 Texas with a chance to compete for a national championship. The Longhorns rolled up 418 yards against the Aggies' defense and rolled to a 23-0 victory at Kyle Field. It was the second consecutive season in which UT ended A&M's undefeated dreams. On the day before Pearl Harbor, the Aggies beat Washington State 7-0 and qualified for their second consecutive Cotton Bowl. Alabama made only one first down in the bowl game, but capitalized on a bevy of A&M mistakes in a 29-21 win. Defensive lineman Martin Ruby and running back Sam Porter took an oath of enlistment in the Naval Air Corps at halftime. A&M finished the season 9-2 and ranked No. 9. Moser won the Southwest regional vote for the Heisman Trophy, but didn’t finish in the top 10 of nationwide voting.