During the month of June, BON authors will memorialize the final days of the UT-A&M rivalry through a series of perspectives, as seen through The Eyes of Texas, to include essays, personal reflections and commemorations of significant note.
Back in late 2008, the Texas football program was still trying to recover from the heart-breaking loss in Lubbock and close the season on a high note against the Aggies in hopes of earning a spot in the Big 12 title game on the way to a national championship appearance.
Still reeling from the Dennis Franchione era, Texas A&M was limping to the finish line in the school's first season under the doddering and clueless Mike Sherman. A broken Stephen McGee was nothing but a empty shell fully only of hate.
As a whole, the A&M football team at that time was remarkably similar -- full of nothing but bluster and hot air after losing to Arkansas State at home to start the season and then failing to win a game in the Big 12 South.
Tempers boiled over before the game as the two teams exchanged words that the visitors could not back up on the field at DKR. For the Longhorns, it was finally time to take revenge for two inexplicable losses to mediocre Aggie teams in previous seasons.
Consider the revenge taken, as Texas essentially wrote their own score in the most lopsided affair in series history, administering a 49-9 beatdown of the sad-sack farmers and their clownish quarterback.
Colt McCoy led the way for the Longhorns with a typically efficient 23-28 passing performance for 311 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while recording two more on the ground. The Texas quarterback was aided in his efforts by Cody Johnson, who cracked off a 61-yard run and gained 102 on eight carries.
The Longhorns hardly got off to a roaring start and were mostly content to run the football and complete underneath passes to wear down the Aggies -- the only score in the first quarter was a touchdown halfway through, with nearly another quarter passing before the next Texas touchdown.
A touchdown pass from McCoy to Quan Cosby just before the expiration of the first half helped create some separation and an 80-yard drive that culminated with McCoy's second touchdown run from 16 yards out put the game effectively out of reach of the bumbling Aggies.
Beyond the scoreboard, the other numbers told a similar tale -- Texas recorded twice as many first downs (24 to 12), gained more than twice as many yards (536 to 245), committed fewer penalties (3 to 10), and outrushed the Aggies 216 to -24. The Longhorn defense sacked Aggie quarterbacks McGee and Jerrod Johnson six times on the night.
The win represented the 200th of Mack Brown's career, reaching that mark within the first 25 years of his coaching career, a feat accomplished by only seven other FBS coaches in history. As a school, the Longhorns became the first in the conference to record 80 league wins.
It was also a historic night for McCoy, who recorded his first victory against the Aggies after losing games during his first two seasons as a starter at Texas, and set the Texas record for single-season passing yardage, eclipsing Major Applewhite's mark.
In the aftermath of the game, the magnitude of the coming decision from the computers and pollsters completely outweighed the historical significance of the win -- such was the mindset at the time as Texas worried about style points and computer formulas in pursuit of a national title appearance.
Since the historic nature of the victory was underappreciated at the time, why not hearken back four years and recall the glorious destruction administered that Thanksgiving?
GTFO Aggies, and always remember that you will never beat Texas in football like Texas beat you on November 27, 2008.