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John Kimbrough

Legendary Aggie John Kimbrough made his debut in 1938.

The team got bad news prior to the season when running back Ken Mills broke his back during a construction job, ending his football career. In the season-opener against Texas A&I, Owen Rogers and Marion Pugh both scored twice to lead the Aggies to a 52-0 win. Quarterback Walemon Price found Bill Conatser for a touchdown in a 20-0 win over Tulsa. After a 7-0 loss to Santa Clara, the Aggies faced off with undefeated TCU at Kyle Field. Quarterback Davey O'Brien, the eventual Heisman Trophy winner, led a Horned Frogs' attack that outgained the Aggies 336-175 in a 34-6 win. One bright spot: the debut of heralded running back John Kimbrough. He recalled his first game in The 1939 Texas Aggies: "In the huddle, the linemen were saying, 'Don't run over me again because I can't block those guys.' And the backs were saying, 'Don't give it to me. I don't want to get hit anymore. So I just said, 'Hell, I'll run it." On his first play, Kimbrough ran for nine yards and put a TCU defender on the bench with a bloody face. On his second play, he ran for 14 yards and injured a defensive back. Against Baylor, A&M failed to capitalize on a late red zone opportunity and tied the Bears, 6-6. A&M defeated Arkansas the following week, 13-6, at Kyle Field. SMU kicker Joseph Pasqua hit a 45-yard field goal with 30 seconds remaining to give the Mustangs a 10-7 win over the Aggies. Kimbrough scored twice in a 27-0 win over Rice. In the season finale, UT blocked Dick Todd's extra point to allow the Horns to escape with a 7-6 win in Austin. The team finished the season 4-4-1.

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