Top 5 Games of 2008

As 2008 wraps up, Aggie Websider looks back at the best 5 games A&M sports gave us this year. Through all the major sports, 5 games stood out as being the most exciting, most dramatic, and most impactful of each team's respective seasons. Websider's Taylor Freeman gives you the list.

#5: Men's Basketball vs. Arizona 12/05/08. Win, 67-66.

Luckily for A&M fans, it's considered taboo to leave early. If not, #5 on this list may not have been seen by any but the diehard of fans not wanting to compete with traffic. Arizona jumped to an early and commanding lead and went into the half leading 40-29. In the second, the Aggies again looked inconsistent and rusty and the Wildcats extended their lead to 59-44 with 10:36 remaining. Much to the delight of the home crowd, the Aggies began from this point to battle back, and when Arizona guard Nic Wise fouled out with 7 minutes left, you could feel the momentum decidedly shift towards A&M. The Aggies were able to get within two at the four minute mark, but it was not until 17 seconds left to play that Nathan Walkup hit a 3-pointer to give A&M its first lead of the game. When Arizona missed their last second shot, Aggie fans rushed the court after the improbable and dramatic 23-9 run to end the game, and secure a much needed non-conference victory.

#4: Women's Basketball vs. #10 Oklahoma 3/6/08. Win, 73-59.

There were many games that could have been chosen for the women's basketball team, but the victory against Oklahoma in March may have been the most important. It was the last game of the regular season, and the Aggies had just passed a brutal stretch beating #19 Oklahoma St. and #8 Baylor in the last week. Having already lost to Oklahoma once, the Aggies played determined basketball en route to a decisive win against the Sooners. Danielle Gant scored 21 points and 12 rebounds on her 21st birthday, and gave the Aggies a bye for the first round of the Big 12 tournament. This would prove crucial, as both OU and Baylor would be knocked out by other teams paving the way for the women to claim their first ever Big 12 championship.

#3: Men's Baseball vs. #4 Missouri 4/25-26-27/08. Win, 9-8/15-0/3-2.

The third best game of 2008 belongs to the Aggie baseball team's crushing series sweep against #4 ranked Missouri. It was their first series against a ranked opponent, and the Tigers came to College Station with a 29-11 record through a brutal schedule. After trailing 8-1 in Game 1, A&M would go on to score the next 23 runs over two days, beating Missouri 9-8 and 15-0 and proving to the nation that they were a serious threat for Omaha. Luke Anders exploded for 2 home runs and 2 RBI's on Saturday, and the momentum carried over to Sunday, where Kyle Colligan showed his knack for the dramatic by hitting a walk-off homerun in the 10th to cap the series sweep.

#2: Men's Basketball vs. Baylor 1/23/08. Loss, 110-116.

The second best game of 2008 probably should not be a loss, but it nevertheless was epic. After a 14-1 start to the season for A&M, the #9 Aggies had lost two straight and were looking to get back to Reed Arena and defend their nation leading home court dominance. Unfortunately, Baylor had other plans. Curtis Jerrells scored a career high 36 points in 53 minutes, and left the court after winning as stunned as the fans who had stayed for the longest game in Big 12 history. A&M doomed itself due to missed free throws and lapses in defense, but neither team played particularly well as the score was tight the entire second half. While this was by far the most physically and emotionally draining game in the Turgeon era, the team responded well; the Aggies rattled off 5 consecutive victories after this game and paid Baylor back with a 71-57 win in Waco. At least in College Station, no trash was thrown.

#1: Women's Softball vs. #17 Virginia Tech 5/29/08. Win, 1-0.

Who knew how exciting a 1-0 women's softball game could be? The Aggie softball ladies may have played a better game knocking off #1 Florida days later, but in terms of entertainment value nothing can match up with the competition put forth by the two players of the year candidates in A&M's Megan Gibson and the Hokies' Angela Tincher. Tincher appeared to be out-dueling Gibson, throwing a 1 hitter into the sixth inning compared with Gibson's 5 hits, but the score remained locked at 0-0. Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, the Aggies got another base hit, and made the most of it with a pinch runner, sacrifice bunt, and errant throw off of a solid hit by, you guessed it, Gibson, to give the Aggies the 1-0 victory. Tincher may have won National Player of the Year, but Gibson and the Aggies pulled off the most exciting game of 2008.

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