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Gov. Abbott says he's willing to "work" to revive UT-A&M rivalry game

February 05, 2019 - 1:29 pm

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Feeling the "camaraderie and the collaboration" he says is already present in the 86th Texas Legislature, Gov. Greg Abbott said he'd be willing to work to reinstate an annual rivalry game between the University of Texas and Texas A&M University.

Abbott made the overture near the end of his State of the State address Tuesday in the House chamber at the State Capitol.

"I'm feeling moved. And I want to set the example. For example, I'm willing to step up and put aside past differences and work with [state Rep.] Lyle Larson to reinstate the rivalry game between the Aggies and the Longhorns," Abbott said.

Larson, an Aggie from a San Antonio-area district, previously filed a bill to require the Longhorns and Aggies schedule a non-conference game between each other each November. The bill, as proposed, would strip any state funding from football scholarships if the schools refuse to participate.

The rivalry between the two schools dates back to 1894; the teams last played each other in 2011, before A&M left the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference. The Houston Chronicle reported that UT officials extended an invitation to A&M for a home-and-home series in 2022-23, but A&M athletic director Scott Woodward declined saying the Aggies were "booked 10 years out".

Texas leads the all-time rivalry with a record of 76-37-5. Texas also won the last meeting in 2011, by a score of 27-25 in College Station.

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