The Aggies got off to a hot start, dismantling Hawaii, Southwestern Louisiana and North Texas and rising to No. 8 in the polls. Quarterback Bucky Richardson took the reins after coming back from a knee injury in 1989. But they fell hard in Baton Rouge as LSU upset the Aggies, 17-8. The Aggies split the next two games. In the next five weeks, the Aggies went 4-0-1, the only hiccup being a surprising home tie to Baylor. A&M avenged the previous season by defeating the Hogs in Fayetteville. Texas — undefeated in conference play — clinched the SWC title in Austin with a 28-27 victory over A&M. R.C. Slocum elected to go for the win on a two-point conversion late in the game. Texas linebacker Brian Jones stopped Darren Lewis short of the goal line and the Horns had their first win over A&M in six seasons. The loss sent the Aggies to the Holiday Bowl, where they dominated the No. 9 Cougars 65-14. Hits by the defense separated both of Heisman winner Ty Detmer's shoulders. The Aggies finished the year 9-3-1 and ranked No. 13.