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1948

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The Aggies went 0-9-1 in Harry Stiteler's first year as coach.

Harry Stiteler, a former A&M quarterback in 1930 who had been on Homer Norton's staff, took over a program that was short on talent. According to The Eagle, "The exes [were] clamoring for a winner … If Stiteler doesn't produce his first year, there's nothing to prevent a severance of his contract immediately." A&M began the season with a 34-14 loss to Villanova, wasting a 93-yard punt return from Charlie Royalty. The Aggies blew a 14-point lead to Texas Tech and lost 20-14. Against OU, Bob Goode ran back a kickoff to tie the score at 7. But the Sooners overpowered the Aggies to win, 42-14. In the fourth week, a solid defensive effort and touchdowns by Goode and Bobby Goff nearly led to a win over LSU, but the Tigers prevailed, 14-13. Despite rushing for 253 yards, the Aggies fell to TCU, 27-14. Undefeated Baylor came from behind twice to beat A&M, 20-14. The team lost its seventh in a row to Arkansas, 28-6. Doak Walker ran for two touchdowns and kicked two extra points in SMU's 20-14 win over the Aggies. Rice throttled A&M, 28-6, to send the Aggies into the finale with a winless record. Against the Horns, Stiteler did what Norton couldn't in the past eight seasons — stave off Texas. Wide receiver Charley Wright caught a game-tying touchdown and A&M found a way to leave Austin with a 14-14 tie, finishing Stiteler's first season 0-9-1.

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