Countdown to Showdown: Top 5 wins over Texas

As Friday's Lonestar Showdown inches closer and closer, Aggie Websider takes a look back at the five biggest wins over the Longhorns in the series' history. What game would you pick as No. 1 all-time? Login to "The Tailgate" to discuss the best games between the Aggies and Longhorns!

It's been a rough year for Aggie Websider subscribers. You came into 2007 with cautious optimism that this was the year Dennis Franchione was going to get it turned around. I was feeding you with predictions like 10-2, with a Big 12 South showdown against Oklahoma on November 3.

I was wrong.

You expected Thanksgiving week to be filled with anticipation surrounding another win against Texas. The anticipation has been there, but it's had very little to do with the Lonestar Showdown at Kyle Field on Friday. Instead, all you want to know is when will one coach leave and another one arrive.

But it hasn't always been that way. There have been times in this program's past—many of which you will remember—when this week was the biggest week of the year for anyone wearing that chunk of gold on your ring finger with a shield, a cannon and 30 stars.

For one day at least, Aggie Websider takes a look back at happier times in Aggieland with the top five wins in the series history with Texas.

5. 1967 — Texas A&M 10 – Texas 7
The Aggies got off to an 0-4 start to the season under a young coach by the name of Gene Stallings. But a 28-24 win at Texas Tech turned the season around for the Aggies, who rolled off five straight wins heading into the season finale against Texas. The Aggies pulled off the 10-7 win against the Horns, giving A&M its first Southwest Conference Championship since 1942. It was also the first win over Texas since the Bear Bryant era, and ironically enough propelled the Aggies to the Cotton Bowl against Bryant's Crimson Tide. Stallings even beat his mentor 20-16 in the game and Bryant picked Stallings up and carried him off the field afterwards. It was the Aggies third trip to the Cotton Bowl and the first since 1942.

4. 1984 — Texas A&M 37 – Texas 12
Everyone remembers Jackie Sherrill as the darling of Texas A&M football—except for that whole probation thing. But in 1984, many a cigar was smoked among conversations wondering if hiring Sherrill was a mistake. Sherrill had led the Aggies to a 5-6 record in 82, and 5-5-1 in 83. Then his 1984 squad started Southwest Conference play with a 1-5 record against conference opponents. But those conversations began to slow after a 35-21 win against TCU and they came to an end after a 37-12 win at Texas that set the stage for the 1985 Southwest Conference Championship. For the first time since he arrived in Aggieland, people were beginning to buy into Sherrill. He didn't lose to Texas again during his time at A&M.

3. 1999 — Texas A&M 20 – Texas 16
It was a picturesque day—not a cloud in the sky. It was like the photos you would see of families walking through the remains of their home the day after a hurricane or tornado destroyed it. A paradox of clear, sunny skies and human tragedy. A little more than a week before that day though, the Aggie football team elected to skip practice and help lift logs off of 12 of their classmates who had died while taking part in the university's biggest tradition. The pictures of them wearing their Nike workout gloves and carrying tree trunks away from the fallen stack still brings tears to my eyes.

By the time the game came around, Texas didn't have a chance. There was too much emotion. The Aggies had to win that day, and they did it in dramatic fashion. And when Matt Bumgardner caught the game-winning touchdown pass from roommate Randy McCown, everything was normal again. When Brian Gamble recovered the fumble and raised his arms to the sky, the image was burned into your mind forever. The Aggies might have finished 8-4 that year, but that win meant more to Aggies than any Southwest Conference Championship in years past.

2. 1975 — Texas A&M 20 – Texas 10
For the first time in the series' history, the Aggies and Longhorns were both ranked in the top-five in the nation. The Aggies beat Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell and the Longhorns for the first time since the 1968 Southwest Championship squad. They appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and earned the No. 2 ranking in the country the next week. The only thing standing between them and a shot at a national championship was the season finale against Arkansas. But the emotions coming off of the Texas game and the Sports Illustrated curse were too much for the Aggies to bare. A&M lost to Arkansas 31-6. But it was still a memorable win for the Aggies, who ended the season as Southwest Conference Tri-Champions. The two teams have not squared off in a top-five showdown since.

1. 1985 — Texas A&M 42 – Texas 10
For the first time in more than a decade, the Aggies had cotton on their mind and Kyle Field was worked into a frenzy that it had never seen before. A record crowd of more than 77,600 Aggies crammed into Kyle Field and every single one of them in attendance gave the Longhorns fits all night. At one point, the referee kept delaying the snap because it was too loud for the Texas offense to hear the signals (you may have seen the video on youtube). 12th Man Magazine Editor Homer Jacobs still claims that it's the loudest he's ever heard Kyle Field. The win signaled the beginning of the Aggies dominance over the Horns and sent A&M to the 1986 Cotton Bowl against the Auburn Tigers and Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson—their first trip since 1968. The win also set off the biggest celebration that Kyle Field has ever witnessed with cotton flying from every corner of the stadium. After 1985, A&M was no longer afraid of Texas and the Aggies didn't lose to the Longhorns again until 1990, winning eight of the next 10 meetings.




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