Throwback Thursday: 1987 Washington at Texas A&M

Way back in 1987 the Huskies of U-Dub and the Aggies tangled in an intersectional matchup on a hot September afternoon in College Station. The great Don James, aka the Dawgfather, against Jackie Sherrill at the pinnacle of his Aggie reboot, all broadcast on ESPN. 

Straight to the BULLETS!

- For Washington the A&M game was actually their 3rd outing of 1987, having already dispensed with Stanford and Purdue at home. 

- The Huskies came into the game ranked 10th in the country and led by future Houston Oiler quarterback Chris Chandler. 

- Chandler was one of a host of great quarterbacks to play for Don James. Mark Brunell, Billy Joe Hobert, Steve Pelluer, and the great Warren Moon all took snaps for James. 

 Don James

Don James

- Don James spent 18 years at Washington, taking the Huskies to a bowl game in fourteen of those years, including six Rose Bowls. James won 71% of his games at Washington and finished like a champ with 3-straight PAC 10 titles. 

- The 1987 Huskies ended the year 7-4-1 with an Independence Bowl win over Tulane. 

- Sherrill's Aggies finished the season 10-2 and ranked 10th in the AP poll. 

- The Aggies lost their opener to LSU and then to Texas Tech a month later, before reeling off eight straight including a Cotton Bowl win over Notre Dame. 

- The Wrecking Crew was in full effect, giving up the 9th fewest points in the NCAA in '87. 

 Jackie Sherrill

Jackie Sherrill

- Jackie Sherrill came to A&M after a successful run at Pitt and ended his A&M tenure with a 52-28-1 record. 

- The Aggies used three quarterbacks in '87 with gritty gutty Craig Stump, Lance Pavlas, and A&M legend Bucky Richardson splitting snaps.

- Richardson was a true freshman in '87 and led the Aggies to a win over Texas on Thanksgiving night to ensure a Cotton Bowl trip. 

- Another true freshman, Darren Lewis, would play a big role at running back for A&M. He sits atop the SWC career rushing list with 5,012 yards. 

- It still amazes us to watch these games played on the glorified concrete that was astro-turf. 

Enjoy the Huskies and Aggies. 

Thanks as always to Stephen Barnett for keeping history alive on YouTube. 

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