AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Chris Simms makes his last home appearance Friday when 10th-ranked Texas hosts Texas A&M in their traditional regular season finale.
The game will be especially emotional for Texas A&M after 18-year-old freshman defensive end Brandon Fails collapsed at his dorm room on Monday morning and later died.
Simms will finish in the top five on Texas' all-time list in every major passing category and needs one victory to become the first quarterback to lead the Longhorns to consecutive 10-win campaigns.
Texas (9-2, 5-2 Big 12 South) has not strung together two straight 10-win seasons since capturing back-to-back national championships under Darrell Royal in 1969 and 1970.
But like his coach, Mack Brown, Simms has been criticized for not being able to win a big game. Any lingering national championship hopes for Texas were dashed in a 42-38 loss to Texas Tech on November 16.
But Simms could not blamed for the defeat as the Longhorns' defense allowed Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury to pass for 473 yards and a Big 12 Conference-record six touchdown passes.
Simms has led Texas to a 24-6 record as a starter. He ranks fifth on the Longhorns' all-time list for wins.
Texas, which is riding an 18-game home winning streak, is looking to finish unbeaten at Memorial Stadium for the third straight season and the fourth time in five years under Brown.
Texas A&M (6-5, 3-4) has endured a disappointing campaign and can avoid only its second non-winning season in 14 years under R.C. Slocum with a win on Friday. The Aggies went 6-6 in 1996.
The highlight of Texas A&M's season came on November 9, when it shocked Oklahoma, 30-26, a loss that could cost the Sooners a shot at the national championship.
But the Aggies suffered a classic letdown and fell at home to Missouri, 33-27, in overtime the following week.
Texas and Texas A&M are meeting for the 111th time, tied for the third-longest series in Division I-A. Friday marks the seventh straight year the game will be play on the day after Thanksgiving.
Texas has won the last two meetings, including a 21-7 victory at Texas A&M last year, and leads the all-time series, 69-34-5. The teams have split the last 10 contests.