The SWC had put A&M on two years probation for recruiting violations. Bobby Manning, a high school quarterback out of Yoakam, said he was offered $200 from A&M alums to sign a letter of intent along with an agreement for an extra $50 a month. In the wake of the announcement, Paul Bryant told The Eagle, "A&M college already has directed me to see that the coaching staff does all the recruiting without any help from ex students." Despite a 21-0 loss in the opener to UCLA, A&M upset LSU in the second week of the season. The defense was known as the "Mighty Mites," led by linemen Charlie Krueger, Gene Stallings and Lloyd Hale, who paved the way to a shutout win over Nebraska. Running back Don Watson scored two touchdowns and the Aggies held All-American Jim Swink to 85 yards in an upset over No. 7 TCU. Jack Pardee scored twice in a 19-7 win over Baylor. The Aggies went into their matchup with Texas at No. 8. However, the team was steamrolled by the Horns, 21-6. A&M finished the year a surprising 7-2-1 and No. 17.