The Aggies went into the season as the favorites to repeat as Southwest Conference champions. A&M began with a 26-0 blowout of Trinity, when fullback Bean Woodman ran for three touchdowns and quarterback Joel Hunt added another. A&M shut out Southwestern the following week to move to 2-0. Hunt scored a game-winning touchdown in a 6-3 victory over Sewanee in Dallas. Woodman set an NCAA mark, scoring 44 points in a 63-0 beatdown of New Mexico. But in the SWC opener, the team fell, 9-7, to SMU. A&M moved the ball inside the Mustangs' 5-yard line twice, but were stopped on both occasions. The next week, Baylor defeated the Aggies 20-9, becoming the first team to score 20 points against a Dana X. Bible-coached team. After the game, a fight between a few cadets and Baylor students broke out. Aggie Charles Sessums, 24, was hit in the back of the head with a wooden board. He was taken to the hospital and died the following morning. Days later, the presidents of both schools signed a joint statement pinning equal blame on both student bodies. Baylor students, however, rebuked the statement and started a petition to sever athletic ties with A&M. Both presidents agreed to postpone athletic relations for four years. Against TCU, the lead changed five times. Hunt kicked two field goals, but the teams tied, 13-13. UT's Bill Ford and Clint Stover each caught a touchdown pass and the Aggies fell, 14-5, on the road to the Longhorns. A&M finished the season 5-3-1.