Lester Hayes 1976

Lester Hayes intercepted eight passes in 1976 and was named to the All-American team.

George Woodard 1976

George Woodard rushed for 1,153 yards and 17 touchdowns in 1976.

David Shipman returned at quarterback along with George Woodard at fullback, linebacker Patrick Thomas, safety Lester Hayes and freshman running back Curtis Dickey to boast a talented lineup for the No. 12 Aggies. A&M started 2-0, but Houston shocked the Aggies in their first season in the SWC, by a score of 21-10.

The Cougars held Woodard to 15 yards rushing, 129 below his average. Two games later, A&M fell to Texas Tech in the team's first home loss since 1973. After the loss, David Walker took over at quarterback.

The Aggies won their next six games behind record-setting kicks from shoeless Tony Franklin and inspired running from Dickey — a Bryan native. In a win over Baylor, Franklin became the only player in NCAA history to kick two 60-yard field goals. He converted from 64 yards and from 65 yards. A&M got its first win at Memorial Stadium since 1956 over Texas to end the season, 27-3. Woodard rushed for 109 yards, giving A&M back-to-back wins over the Longhorns for the first time since 1909-1910.

The Aggies accepted an invitation to the Sun Bowl. There, A&M defeated Florida 37-14, as Franklin set an NCAA post-season record with a 62-yard field goal. The Aggies finished the year 10-2 and ranked No. 7.

Emory Bellard Sun Bowl

Emory Bellard and the Aggies earned a trip to the Sun Bowl after a 9-2 regular season. A&M beat Florida, 37-14.

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DavidWalkerQB

Notable achievements of the 1976 Fightin' Texas Aggies:

• Only team in Texas A&M history to beat Texas AT Texas, win its bowl game, and earn an A.P. Top 10 ranking
• One of FOUR teams in Texas A&M history to BEAT TEXAS, win its bowl game, and earn an A.P. Top 10 ranking
• One of FIVE teams in Texas A&M history to win its bowl game and earn an A.P. Top 10 ranking
• First team since 1940 to beat Texas, win its bowl game and earn an A.P. Top 10 ranking (36 seasons)
• First team since the 1939 national champions to beat Texas, win its bowl game, and earn an A.P. Top 10 ranking (37 seasons)
• Only team in 45 years (1940-1985) to win its bowl game and earn an A.P. Top 10 ranking
• Only team in 46 years (1939-1985) to beat Texas, win its bowl game, and earn an A.P. Top 10 ranking
• First Texas A&M team since 1956 (20 years) to beat Texas in Austin at Memorial Stadium
• One of two Texas A&M football teams to beat Texas in Austin at Memorial Stadium in the facility's first 55 years of existence (1956)
• First A.P. Top 10 team at Texas A&M in 19 years (1957)
• Only A.P. Top 10 team at Texas A&M between 1957 and 1985 (28 years)
• First team to win 10 games in consecutive seasons in school history, a feat matched only three times since
• Own the highest ranking in a national publication since 1939 (No. 3 in the Sporting News)
• Hold Kyle Field's all-time single-game rushing records for carries (79) and yardage (526 yards)
• Hold the record at A&M for Total Defense (214.2 ypg) since their 1976 season

(Pat Thomas, an All-American as a senior in 1975, was not on this team.)

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