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1944

1944

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Bobby Goff

Bobby Goff played running back for A&M.

Quarterback James Hallmark was off to the war, and Homer Norton was left with another deprived roster. Only five players from the previous season returned. In the season opener against Bryan Air Force Base (a military service team that consisted of active duty military personnel), Bobby Goff scored on an 80-yard touchdown run and caught two touchdowns from Paul Yates. Yates ran for two fourth quarter touchdowns in a 27-14 win over Texas Tech. Quarterback Jimmy Cashion threw for 132 yards and a touchdown, but A&M fell to Oklahoma, 21-14. A&M then looked forward to a rematch of the 1943 Orange Bowl against LSU. Yates scored the game's only touchdown on a 10-yard sweep out wide, and the Aggies won 7-0. Against TCU, A&M rushed for 216 yards but fumbled eight times in a 13-7 loss. The team then won three of its next four, with the lone loss being a one-point defeat to Arkansas. A&M went into its annual clash with Texas at 6-3, having lost five consecutive games to the Longhorns. The UT defense shut out Goff, Yates and company at Memorial Stadium, and Bobby Layne scored from 9 yards out in the first quarter to give the Horns a 6-0 victory. A&M closed out a 7-4 season with a 70-14 pasting of Miami in which running back Mann Scott ran for four touchdowns. Norton had again put together a winning season in the face of adversity. Tackle Monte Moncrief was named an All-American.

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