Billy Pete Huddleston

Billy Pete Huddleston played running back for the Aggies in 1953 and '54.

A&M had to replace All-American defensive tackle Jack Little. Don Ellis moved from running back to quarterback and got the team off to a hot start in its first three games. Ellis led the SWC in passing through the season's first three weeks. A&M went 2-0-1 during that span, including an upset victory over No. 18 Georgia, in which Billy Pete Huddleston ran for 118 yards. Huddleston scored twice and Ellis scored in a 27-14 win over previously unbeaten Texas Tech on the road. A week later, Ellis scored twice and fullback Don Kachtik added an insurance touchdown in a 20-7 win over TCU, and A&M moved to 4-0-1. However, in a battle of top 15 teams, A&M's comeback stalled against Baylor. Running back Bob Easley was dropped on fourth down inside the red zone late in the fourth quarter, and the Bears won, 14-13. Arkansas slaughtered the Aggies, 41-14. The following week, SMU held A&M to under 150 total yards and forced four turnovers in a 23-0 win. A&M gave up 34 unanswered points in a blowout loss to Rice. In the finale, UT running back Delano Womack ran for 105 yards and a touchdown in a 21-12 Texas win at Kyle Field. After a 4-0-1 start, A&M had its second consecutive losing season at 4-5-1. Coach Raymond George resigned under pressure from Aggie alumni after three seasons, compiling a 12-14-4 record. A&M looked to Kentucky where it pried away Paul "Bear" Bryant with a six-year, $15,000 contract in hopes of rebuilding the program.

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