It was a bounce-back season, but one of missed opportunities. The Aggies lost those three games in heartbreaking fashion at Kyle Field by a combined six points.
Texas Tech scored a game-winner with 26 seconds remaining. Against Oklahoma, Franchione elected for a field goal in the fourth quarter at the OU 2-yard line. It cost him in a 17-16 defeat. And Nebraska marched 75 yards in the closing minutes for a 28-27 win.
Things turned around in Austin, when the Aggies took to the ground against the No. 11 Longhorns. A&M gashed the top-ranked UT rush defense, rushing for 244 yards. Down 7-6 with 11 minutes remaining, quarterback Stephen McGee led a game-winning drive that took up nine minutes and culminated with an 8-yard touchdown run to give A&M a 12-7 win.
It was Franchione’s first victory over Mack Brown. The Aggies’ season ended with another underwhelming bowl performance, this time a 45-10 loss to California in the Holiday Bowl.