Texas–Texas A&M football rivalry
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The Texas–Texas A&M football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies. The rivalry was played every year between 1915 and 2011, until A&M left the Big 12 Conference to join the Southeastern Conference. Texas leads the series 76–37–5.
|First meeting||October 19, 1894|
Texas 38, Texas A&M 0
|Latest meeting||November 24, 2011|
Texas 27, Texas A&M 25
|All-time series||Texas leads, 76–37–5|
|Largest victory||Texas, 48–0 (1898)|
|Longest win streak||Texas, 10 (1957–66)|
|Current win streak||Texas, 1|
The first meeting was in 1894. By 1911, Texas led the series 15–4–2. The series went back and forth until 1939, but Texas still led 27–15–4. After that, Texas went 36–7–1. A&M then won 10 of the next 11 games in the series. Texas then won 12 of the last 17 games in the rivalry.
In July 2011, A&M elected to join the Southeastern Conference beginning in 2012. The move to switch conferences resulted in the ending of the annual rivalry. On November 24, 2011, Texas faced A&M in College Station in the final scheduled annual meeting. Texas won 27–25 on a field goal as time expired. In January 2013, a Texas state legislator filed a bill that would require them to play each other every year. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Higher Education on February 18, 2013.
In June 2017, A&M's former athletic director, Bill Byrne, was quoted in an article saying, "Their AD (DeLoss Dodds) at the time came out and said we will never play Texas A&M again, and they worked along with Baylor and the conference to have no one in the (Big 12) schedule us... there were other forces at work to make sure we didn't play."  Byrne was referring to five years before that when he was still A&M's athletic director and A&M was in the midst of transitioning to the Southeastern Conference.
In December 2017, Chris Del Conte was named athletic director of the University of Texas.  Shortly thereafter, Del Conte contacted Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward with a proposition to schedule a home-and-home series in 2022-23, but Woodward declined, as Texas A&M's non-conference schedule was already filled for those seasons.
Aspects of the rivalryEdit
Each school mentions the other in its fight song ("and it's goodbye to A&M" in Texas Fight; Texas is mentioned twice in the second verse of the Aggie War Hymn). The football series was the third longest in college football. The last regular season football game was usually reserved for the match-up. Each school has elaborate pregame preparations for the annual football clash, including the Aggie Bonfire and Hex Rally. Texas has a unique lighting scheme for the UT Tower after beating Texas A&M. The State Farm Lone Star Showdown, a full sports rivalry between the two schools, began in 2004, and ended in 2012 when Texas A&M moved to the Southeastern Conference.
|Texas victories||Texas A&M victories||Tie games|
- 1952 - Local telecast only in Austin and San Antonio
- 1955 - Shown nationally on NBC
- 1957 - Shown regionally on NBC
- 1958 - Shown nationally on NBC
- 1960-61 - Shown nationally on ABC
- 1962-63 - Shown nationally on CBS
- 1964 - Local telecast only in Austin and Houston
- 1968 - Shown nationally on ABC
- 1972 - Shown nationally on ABC
- 1974-76 - Shown regionally on ABC
- 1978 - Shown nationally on ABC
- 1983 - Shown nationally on ABC
- 1984-89 - Shown nationally on ESPN
- 1990 - Shown nationally on CBS
- 1991-93 - Shown nationally on ESPN
- 1995-2007 - Shown nationally on ABC
In popular cultureEdit
In October 2006, General Mills announced they would honor the then third-longest running college football rivalry with a special edition Wheaties box. The box featured the helmets of Texas and Texas A&M and their respective home stadiums, Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium and Kyle Field, on either side. Although several individual college basketball and football teams had been featured previously on special edition boxes, this was the first time Wheaties had honored a rivalry series.
The game's tradition figures into the plot of the 1978 stage musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and its film adaptation; in the show, each year the game's winners (in the story, the Aggies) would celebrate at the "Chicken Ranch," until an overzealous news reporter (a character based on Marvin Zindler) endeavors to close the legendary brothel.
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