Monday, December 28, 2009
Texas A&M AdvoCare V100 bowl facts
By ESPN.com staff
Here's a look at a few notable factoids about Texas A&M and its bowl history as the Aggies prepare for the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl (ESPN2, 5 p.m. ET) later today in Shreveport, La.
Bowl record: 13-17
Current bowl streak: Lost 3.
Most memorable bowl victory: 1922 Dixie Classic, Texas A&M 22, Centre College 14. In the game that gave birth to the Aggies' 12th Man legend, coach Dana X. Bible's team stunned the Praying Colonels of Centre College. The victory over the "Champions of the South" at that time put Texas A&M on the national spotlight as the Aggies scored 22 points against a defense that had allowed only six points previously in the season.
Bitterest bowl loss: 1942 Cotton Bowl, Alabama 29, Texas A&M 21. The Crimson Tide stunned A&M despite gaining just one first down, producing 75 yards and punting 16 times. A&M was its own worst enemy as the Aggies threw seven interceptions and lost five fumbles. Alabama's Jimmy Nelson was the standout with two interceptions, a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 21-yard TD run.
Best individual bowl performance: Curtis Dickey churned through Iowa State's defense for a school bowl-record 276 rushing yards and a touchdown to lead the Aggies to a 28-12 victory over the Cyclones in the 1978 Hall of Fame Bowl.
Record against Georgia: 3-1.
Most memorable game against the Bulldogs: Texas A&M claimed a gritty 6-0 victory over the Bulldogs in Athens in 1954. It was notable because it was the first triumph for coach Paul "Bear" Bryant with A&M and the Aggies' only victory in a 1-9 season.
Common 2009 opponents: Arkansas, Oklahoma State. The Aggies lost to Razorbacks, 47-19, in Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 3, and 36-31 to the Cowboys in College Station on Oct. 10. The Bulldogs lost to the Cowboys, 24-10, in Stillwater, Okla., on Sept. 5, and beat the Razorbacks, 52-41, in Fayetteville, Ark., on Sept. 19.
The number: 6. Texas A&M is 6-0 in games that have not be televised this season and 0-6 in games that have been televised.