With David Shipman running the offense at quarterback, Bubba Bean in the backfield and a loaded defense, the Aggies began the 1975 season in the Top 10. In the first two games, the defense gave up a total of 196 yards in wins over Ole Miss and LSU. Bean became A&M’s all-time leading rusher, passing Bob Smith's 2,415 yards mark, during the Aggies’ 38-9 win over Tech. After a 36-3 win over SMU, A&M moved up to No. 3 in the polls. Against No. 5 Texas, No. 2 A&M stuffed running back Earl Campbell in a 20-10 win that put the Aggies to 10-0 on the season. The only thing between A&M and a perfect season was a game against Arkansas. In the week leading up to the game, Bean became the first A&M player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. But the Hogs spoiled the party and ran over A&M, 31-6 in Little Rock. "I'm embarrassed for Texas A&M and everyone connected with the school," Emory Bellard told The Eagle. "It was an absolutely pathetic performance and I'll take the responsibility." A&M fell to USC in the Liberty Bowl and finished the year No. 11.