Harry Stiteler

Harry Stiteler's Aggies finished 1-8-1 in 1949.

It was a season with very little expectations, though second-year coach Harry Stiteler liked the prospects of his backfield with sophomore Glenn Lippman and Bob Smith. The season began with a 35-0 loss to Villanova. Stiteler got his first victory as A&M coach in a 26-7 blowout of Texas Tech as Smith ran for 214 yards on 31 carries, including three touchdowns. LSU limited Smith to 56 yards in a 34-0 win. A&M then took a 28-6 loss to TCU. Against an undefeated Baylor squad, the Aggies only moved the ball into Bears' territory three times in a 21-0 loss. Quarterback Dick Gardemal threw for 156 yards, but Arkansas beat the Aggies, 27-6, to give A&M its fifth consecutive loss. In those five games, A&M lost by a combined 118 points. The team shocked No. 9 SMU by playing the Mustangs to a 27-27 tie at Kyle Field behind 175 yards and three touchdowns from Smith. However, it closed the season out with a loss to Rice and a 42-14 defeat to Texas as running back Byron Townsend ran for 138 yards. It was the team's ninth loss to the Horns in 10 seasons. A&M finished 1-8-1.

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