Enrollment was low because of World War II. Homer Norton's team was made up of primarily freshmen and sophomores. The team lost 77 players who were expected to be on the roster. With an average age of 17, the team was known as "The Kiddie Korps." None had ever suited up in a college football game and some hadn't played high school football. The Aggies began the season with a blowout victory over Bryan Air Force Base (a military service team that consisted of active duty military personnel), scoring four touchdowns off turnovers. Against Texas Tech, backup quarterback Earl Beesley and other second stringers were inserted into the game in the third quarter after a scoreless first half. He threw two touchdowns to Les Moore in a 13-0 A&M win. Then, against No. 17 LSU, the Aggies pulled off a 28-13 upset in Baton Rouge. A&M's defense made an early goal line stand against SMU, and the team cruised to a 22-0 win. Following shutout wins over Arkansas and Rice, the Aggies went into their annual matchup at Kyle Field with Texas ranked No. 16. A&M jumped out on top using the "fumblerooskie" play, but UT bounced back in the second half to win, 27-13. Though LSU and A&M were unranked and had played previously, both were invited to the Orange Bowl because of a dearth of available teams. Steve Van Buren accounted for 160 of LSU's 181 yards, including the decisive touchdown in the 19-14 win. Quarterback James Hallmark threw for two touchdowns in the defeat. A&M finished the season 7-2-1 and unranked.