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.
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.
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.
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.