1942 team pic

Texas A&M produced more than 20,000 troops — both former and current students — during World War II, according to the university. However, Homer Norton's major losses didn't come until 1943. Service teams often played against collegiate programs due to a shortage of players and teams. The Aggies were referred to as a "civilian team" because they didn't bring in servicemen on weekends like "V-12" — or service — schools (such as Bryan Air Force Base). Still, A&M was picked to win the Southwest Conference for the second consecutive season. The Aggies were upset by LSU, 16-7, in the season opener. Quarterback Leo Daniels threw a fourth quarter interception with the Aggies driving. Against Texas Tech, Daniels ran for a touchdown and threw for another in a 19-0 win. The Aggie defense limited the Red Raiders to less than 100 total yards. Against the Corpus Christi Naval Station, A&M lost 18-7, rushing for -15 yards to move to 1-2. TCU defeated the Aggies, 7-2, at Kyle Field. Against Baylor, A&M drove into the red zone nine times but couldn't capitalize and fell, 6-0. Cullen Rogers caught two touchdown passes in a 41-0 win over Arkansas. Quarterback Barney Welch threw three passes — all for touchdowns — in a 27-20 win over SMU. A&M battled to a scoreless tie with Rice. The Aggies took a 12-6 loss to Texas, but there was a bright spot for A&M: Welch ran back a punt for a touchdown, becoming the first Aggie to ever carry the ball across the goal line at Memorial Stadium. The season ended with a 21-0 upset victory over No. 15 Washington State at Kyle Field, including two touchdowns by Willie Zapalac. A&M finished 4-5-1.

Barney Welch 1942

Barney Welch became the first Aggie to score at Memorial Stadium, the bright spot in a 12-6 loss to Texas.

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