Ja'Mar Toombs

Texas A&M fullback Ja'Mar Toombs (5) drags along a group of Mississippi State defenders at the Sanford Independence Bowl Sunday, December 31, 2000 in Shreveport, La.

Quarterback Mark Farris, who enrolled at A&M after a five-year stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor league system, took over under center. The No. 25 Aggies' new millennium began with a loss to Notre Dame in South Bend.

Though A&M ran off seven of its next eight and found itself back in the polls, the overwhelming image of the season happened when No. 1 OU — and ESPN's College GameDay — traveled to Kyle Field. With the Aggies holding a 31-28 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Farris threw an interception to Torrence Marshall, who returned it for a Sooners' touchdown. OU hung on for a 35-31 victory and went on to win the national championship.

The Aggies followed that with a blowout loss to Texas. In the Independence Bowl, the Aggies lost an overtime thriller to former coach Jackie Sherrill and Mississippi State in a driving snowstorm on New Year's Eve. It was dubbed the "Snow Bowl." A&M finished the year 7-5 and unranked.

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