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1934

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Homer Norton

Homer Norton took over the Texas A&M program after seven years at Centenary.

There was little experience on both sides of the ball when Homer Norton took over as coach at A&M. Norton was lured to A&M after leading Centenary to two undefeated seasons in seven years. Running backs Sid Martin and Bill Couser led A&M to an easy 28-0 win over Sam Houston State to begin the season. The A&M rushing attack totaled 324 yards and the Aggies' defense held SHSU to 6 yards rushing. Couser threw a fourth quarter touchdown pass in a 14-14 tie against Texas A&I. The Aggies lost their next three games — to Temple, Centenary and TCU — by a combined score of 66-6. The lone touchdown was a blocked punt returned by Paul Callahan. A&M defeated Baylor for its second win of the season. Against Arkansas, back Nash Thompson scored a touchdown with three minutes remaining and kicked the extra point to give the Aggies a 7-7 tie. Against high-powered SMU, the Aggies gained only 56 total yards. SMU's Robert Wilson ran for a touchdown and threw for another as the Mustangs won, 28-0. The Aggies were blown out by undefeated Rice the following week as the Owls' Bill Wallace threw for a score and ran for another. In Austin, A&M was shut out 13-0. The offense had only five first downs. In the finale, Couser threw for two touchdowns, but Michigan State scored 20 fourth quarter points to pull away, 26-13. A&M finished Norton's first season at 2-7-2.

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