Homer Norton sidelines

Homer Norton (left) and the Aggies won just three games in 1935, but one was an upset of Texas.

In Homer Norton's second season, offensive lineman Joe Routt began the season as the starting right guard. The team returned quarterback Jimmy Shockey along with back Bob Nersta. The team got out to a 2-0 start after blowout wins over Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State. However, the team lost five consecutive games. Included in those was a 19-14 defeat to TCU in which Slingin' Sammy Baugh threw for a touchdown. Against Rice, A&M was looking for its first conference victory. Shockey was 10 of 28 for 115 yards, but Owls' back Buck Friedman scored the game-winning touchdown late as Rice prevailed, 17-10. At 2-7, little was expected against rival Texas. However, Shockey threw for two touchdowns — including a 58-yarder to Fred Wright — to lead the Aggies to a 20-6 win over Texas at Kyle Field. It was the team's first win over UT since 1931. In the finale, the team squared off with eventual national champion SMU. All-American running back Bobby Wilson scored a touchdown and the Ponies blew out the Aggies at Kyle Field, 24-0. Norton's second season ended at 3-7.

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