Emory Bellard and his wishbone offense featured running backs Skip Walker and freshman Bubba Bean. A&M began the season with a 36-13 win over Wichita State, rushing for 363 total yards. However, the team got a taste of its own medicine as Nebraska gained nearly 500 yards in a 37-7 win. After a loss to LSU, Don Dean got his first start at quarterback. But a late-game interception cost the Aggies in a 17-14 loss to Texas Tech. Following a 15-13 loss to Baylor, A&M had lost its first three conference games by a total of eight points. A&M upset No. 20 Arkansas, 10-7, and the defense intercepted quarterback Joe Ferguson six times. Defensive backs Robert Murski and Larry Ellis had two apiece and linebackers Ed Simonini and Al Thurmond each had one. The team followed that with a 27-17 win over SMU as Walker scored twice. A&M dropped its final two games of the season, including a 38-3 blowout to Texas. The Aggies started eight freshmen and didn't make a first down until the second quarter. A&M finished the season 3-8 and in the cellar of the SWC. Simionini was named SWC freshman of the year, finishing with 96 tackles. A&M offered the head-coaching job to LSU's Charles McClendon for $1 million over 10 seasons, but he declined. Bellard remained as coach.