John Kimbrough

John Kimbrough finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1940, and was an All-American running back.

A&M was in prime position to repeat as national champions with returning running back John Kimbrough, Bill Conatser and a bevy of other key players from the 1939 team. In a 26-0 season opening win over Texas A&I, Kimbrough had 50 yards and two touchdowns. Marion Pugh threw for 200 yards in a 41-6 win over Tulsa. Kimbrough had a first quarter interception and touchdown in a hard-fought 7-0 win over UCLA on the road, and A&M moved up to No. 2. Pugh threw for two touchdowns — one to Elvis Simmons — in a 21-7 win at Kyle Field over TCU. Conatser scored a decisive touchdown in a 14-7 win over Baylor in Waco. The Aggies followed that up with a 17-0 win over Arkansas, in which Kimbrough scored and intercepted two passes, stretching the program’s winning streak to 17 games over two seasons. Kimbrough was again the star the following week, scoring the winning touchdown in a 19-7 victory over No. 14 SMU in Dallas. The No. 3 Aggies then shut out Rice to move to 9-0 on the season and into a season-ending showdown with rival Texas in Austin. The Aggies were on the cusp of an appearance in the Rose Bowl and a second consecutive national championship. However, on the third play of the game, UT wide receiver Noble Doss made what is referred to as "The Impossible Catch" over his shoulder to set up Texas' first and only touchdown. The UT defense kept Kimbrough in check and A&M lost its first game in 20 tries, 7-0. The Aggies accepted a bid to the Cotton Bowl, in which they defeated Fordham, 13-12, behind a touchdown pass from Pugh and a touchdown run from Kimbrough. The team finished the season 9-1 and ranked No. 6. Kimbrough finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Michigan’s Tom Harmon. Kimbrough finished his A&M career with 1,357 yards rushing, 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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