Texas A&M stuns No. 1 Alabama 41-38 for Crimson Tide’s first loss since 2019

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A Nick Saban assistant finally did it. After 24 attempts by a group including Kirby Smart, Len Kiffin and Will Mushamp, it was Jimbo Fischer who ultimately broke the Alabama coach’s unbeaten streak against his former assistants when Texas A&M defeated the top-ranked Crimson Tide 41- beat 38.

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Uncharted Eggies’ unexpected victory was led by Jack Calzada. The sophomore quarterback began the season as a backup after Haynes King was injured in Week 2 against Colorado. He continued to lead the Alabama game, struggling in consecutive losses to Arkansas and Washington State, but was enough to lead A&M to their second win against Alabama since joining the SEC in 2012.

The victory was not easy as the Crimson Tide staged a fiery rally in the second half, followed by the Aggies in the first half.

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Back 14 after teams exchanged special teams touchdowns in the third quarter, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young hit Jameson Williams for a 29-yard score to reduce the deficit to 7. Will Reichard added two field goals, and then Williams scored another touchdown and a two-point conversion to put the Crimson Tide 38-31 as the Texas A&M defense withered after being fielded for almost the entire second half.

Calzada responded after going down just once on a penalty in four drives after halftime. He needed only six plays to move the Aggies to 65 yards for a tying touchdown on a 25-yard strike to Aeneas Smith.

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Kalzada was injured during the play and went limping. But he returned after Texas A&M forced you out. Aggies found near midfield with a 1:26 pass to Isaiah Spiller. His scramble for 11 yards brought him to Alabama 42. A 12-yard pass to Smith put him in field-goal range and that position was improved by a pass interference penalty.

Seth Smalls scored a 28-yard field goal as time ran out for the win. It was the first loss for Alabama after 19 consecutive victories, including a loss to Auburn on November 30, 2019.

Calzada finished 21 of 31 for 285 yards and three touchdowns.

Texas A&M started with a field goal on their first drive, their first loss of the season for Alabama. The lead expanded to 17-7 at the end of the first quarter, when Calzada struck Enias Smith for an 8-yard score, his second touchdown pass of the game.

After preparing another touchdown drive by Calzada, which was limited by a 15-yard run from Isaiah Spiller, the Aggies took a 24–10 advantage at halftime.

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