Top 8 games of 2008

With the 2007-2008 season officially in the books, Aggie Websider counts down the top-8 games of 2008. Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp continues to take a look back at the season that was in 2007-2008.

Top eight moments of 2008 Dallas Shipp (8) October 6, 2007 – Texas A&M football vs. Oklahoma State
The Aggies were down 17-0 at halftime against the Cowboys, and thousands of dissatisfied fans made their feelings known towards Franchione and Co. as the team headed into the locker room. But Jorvorskie Lane ran for two second-half touchdowns and caught another as the Aggies set a school record for biggest second half comeback, topping the Cowboys, 24-23.

(7) April 1, 2008 – No. 2 Texas A&M women's basketball vs. No. 1 Tennessee
The second-seeded Aggies were down by two points with under a minute to play and seemed to have gotten the defensive stop that they needed, forcing a long-distance three point attempt by Alexis Hornbuckle. Unfortunately Hornbuckle drilled it from nearly 30 feet, putting a dagger in the Final Four hopes of the Aggies, who had led for most of the game, but never could pull away, even while All-World Player of the Year Candace Parker was out with a shoulder injury. The Aggies' Elite Eight appearance was the furthest that any A&M basketball team had advanced in school history.

(6) April 27, 2008 – No. 6 Texas A&M baseball vs. No. 4 Missouri
Just two days later, the Aggies once again used a little Olsen Magic and Kyle Colligan was holding the wand. Colligan started the game with a single and scored on a suicide squeeze by Dane Carter. But he came back to the plate with the game tied in the bottom of the 10th inning, when he drove a first-pitch fastball over the fence in left field into a fierce wind, sealing the Aggies weekend sweep over Missouri, which was ranked No. 4 in the nation at the time.

(5) March 22, 2008 – Texas A&M basketball vs. No. 1 UCLA
The Aggie basketball team took the top-seeded Bruins to the wire in their own backyard in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Up by 10 with less than six minutes to play, it seemed like the Aggies might be on the verge of pulling off the upset, leaving them with a No. 13 and No. 6 seed standing between them and a spot in the Final Four in San Antonio. But an incredible shot by Kevin Love and a questionable-at-best non-call in the final seconds of the game spelled the end of the season for the Aggies, who appeared to be peaking at the right time of year. Had the Aggies pulled off the win against UCLA, they might have provided A&M fans with the same kind of magical run that Fresno State has put together in the College World Series.

(4) April 20, 2008 – Texas A&M baseball @ Baylor
It was one of the most improbable comebacks in A&M baseball history, and if I hadn't watched it, I might not even believe it. The Aggies were down 12-6 in the top of the ninth in a game that was seemingly over. But then Olsen Magic showed up in Waco as the Aggies scored six runs in the ninth inning to force extra frames. Blake Stouffer's two-out single in the 11th scored Kyle Colligan from second base and completed one of the biggest comebacks in Texas A&M baseball history, lifting the Aggies to a 13-12 win over Baylor. It was the fourth consecutive conference sweep for the Aggies and marked the first time the Aggies had swept the Bears in Big 12 play.

(3) April 25, 2008 – No. 6 Texas A&M baseball vs. No. 4 Missouri
The No. 6 Aggies were down 8-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, but scored in each of the final four frames to win in dramatic fashion. The Aggies were down 8-7 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but there wasn't a doubt in anyone's mind who was going to win that game. Brian Ruggiano tied the game with an RBI double to left center field, forcing Missouri to intentionally walk Ben Feltner to set up the force play as Brodie Greene headed to the plate. But Greene never got a chance to hit as Missouri pitcher Ryan Allen balked in the winning run, setting up the Aggies' fifth straight weekend sweep in Big 12 play. In true Aggie fashion, Greene said afterwards that he was a little upset that he didn't get a chance to drive in the winning run with his bat.

(2) June 1, 2008 – Texas A&M softball vs. No. 1 Florida
The Aggies looked flat in game one of the national semi finals against top-seeded Florida, but National Player of the Year finalist Megan Gibson put the Aggies on her back and carried them to the finals of the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma. Gibson pitched nine scoreless innings for the Aggies, and Kelsey Spittler provided the only run of the game on an RBI triple that sent the Aggies to the national championship series for the first time since winning it all in 1987. The Aggies' win set off a raucous applause in College Station as well as baseball fans erupted at Olsen Field while listening to softball on the radio.

(1) November 23, 2007 – Texas A&M football vs. No. 11 Texas
The Aggies went into the game knowing that they would probably be playing under Dennis Franchione for the last time, but they didn't care. A&M jumped out to a 17-0 lead over Texas, sending Texas fans into a state of shock across the state. The Aggies were up by as many as 21 in the fourth quarter and held on for a 38-30 victory in one of the most complete performances in the Franchione era. Unfortunately for Franchione and staff, it would be their last performance on Kyle Field. But for one night in 2007, Aggie football fans had reason to celebrate.




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