Notre Dame and Texas A&M are two universities that pride themselves on good football, but that doesn’t mean the two have met on the grid all that often. In fact, the Irish and Aggies first met on New Year’s Day 1988 when they fought in the Cotton Bowl.
The two met a few more times in the New Year’s Day bowl game until they finally had a home-and-home series against each other starting in 2000.
So how did that handful of games between Notre Dame and Texas A&M go?
Here’s a quick recap of the five soccer meetings that Notre Dame and Texas A&M had.
1988 cotton bowl
The 1987 season ended for both Texas A&M and Notre Dame when the two met for the first time ever at the Cotton Bowl. Tim Brown’s last game at Notre Dame started well as he scored on a 17-yard touchdown reception to put the Irish 7-0 up, but the Aggies rolled from there to a 35-10 -Blowout victory.
Texas A&M 35, Notre Dame 10
1993 cotton bowl
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Rick Mirer was named the game’s offensive MVP on New Year’s Day 1993, but it was Notre Dame’s running game that handled the deal in a loss for the Aggies. At one point in the second half, Notre Dame ran the ball in 34 straight games to drive to victory.
Notre Dame 28, Texas A&M 3
1994 cotton bowl
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Notre Dame entertained national championship hopes when they faced Texas A&M in the 1994 Cotton Bowl, and thanks to a late long punt return from Mike Miller, the Irish beat the Aggies 24-21. However, voters awarded Florida State the national championship despite the Irish beating them 31-24 earlier in the season.
Notre Dame 24, Texas A&M 21
Season opening 2000
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Notre Dame welcomed Texas A&M to South Bend to kick off the 2000 season for the Aggies’ only trip there to date. Arnaz Battle threw for two touchdowns in Notre Dame’s 24-10 win that started the first BCS run.
Notre Dame 24, Texas A&M 10
2001 College Station explosion
Notre Dame’s offense was nonexistent as the Irish fell to 3-0 and Texas A&M improved to 4-0 when the two teams last met in football. The Aggies netted on each of their first three possessions, while the Irish managed just one field goal all afternoon
Texas A&M 24, Notre Dame 3
In their five all-time encounters, Notre Dame holds a small 3-2 lead over them