GAMEDAY College Football

Texas A&M 41, Alabama 38

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Seth Small made a 28-yard field goal as time expired and Texas A&M stunned top-ranked Alabama 41-38 to end the Crimson Tide's winning streak at 19 games.

Defending national champion Alabama (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) had scored 21 straight points - capped by a TD reception and 2-point conversion grab by Jameson Williams - to take a 38-31 lead with five minutes to go.

Texas A&M (4-2, 1-2) tied it at 38 when Zach Calzada connected with Ainias Smith for a 25-yard touchdown strike with three minutes left. Calzada was hit as he threw the strike and had to be helped off the field but returned for the next drive after a visit to the medical tent.

Calzada returned after the Aggies forced a punt to orchestrate the winning drive, highlighted by a 17-yard pass to Isaiah Spiller before Small finished it off to send fans streaming onto the field to celebrate.

Calzada threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns, as the former backup played like a star to take down the reigning champs. Devon Achane returned a kickoff 96 yards for a TD in the third quarter and A&M's defense got after Bryce Young all night.

Alabama hadn't lost since a 48-45 win by Auburn on Nov. 30, 2019.

It's the first time Alabama coach Nick Saban has lost to one of his assistants after entering the game a perfect 24-0 in those games. He'd beaten Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher four times, the most of any of his former staffers.

Texas A&M also ended Alabama's streak of 100 straight wins over unranked teams, dating to a win over Colorado in the 2007 Independence Bowl to cap Saban's first season.

The Aggies entered the season ranked sixth and gunning for Alabama after the Crimson Tide handed them their only loss last season. But by last week it looked as if this would be a lost season for the Aggies after consecutive defeats by Arkansas and Mississippi State sent them tumbling out of the Top 25.

But instead of falling into a bigger hole this week, the Aggies pulled off the upset to snap an eight-game skid against Alabama. It's their first win in the series since Johnny Manziel's spectacular performance led them to a 29-24 win in 2012 on the road when the Crimson Tide was also ranked first.

Johnny Football, who won the Heisman Trophy that season, was among the 106,815 fans at Kyle Field on Saturday night to watch the Aggies beat the Crimson Tide at home for the first time ever. A&M's first win in the series came in a 20-16 win in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1968.

Manziel was among those celebrating on the field after the game in the wild postgame party.

The 17 1/2-point underdogs gained control of this one early, racing out to a 24-10 halftime lead behind two takeaways and a splendid start by Calzada. A&M's 24 points in the first half were the most Alabama had allowed to an unranked opponent before halftime during Saban's tenure.

Alabama cut the lead to seven when DeMarcco Hellams blocked a punt by Nik Constantinou and King

Mwikuta pounced on it in the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter.

But the Aggies took the blow and responded immediately with one of their own. Achane zig-zagged through two waves of defenders and then displayed the elite speed that lets him double as a sprinter on the track team to simply outrun everyone to make it 31-17 with eight minutes left in the third.

Young then capped a 75-yard drive with a 29-yard touchdown pass Williams to cut the lead to 31-24. Williams put his finger to his lips to shush the crowd after the score.

Scoring Summary
First Quarter AlaTexA&M
TexA&M FG 11:35 Seth Small 38 yard field goal 0 3
Ala TD 6:42 Roydell Williams 20 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 7 3
TexA&M TD 5:26 Jalen Wydermyer 27 yard TD pass from Zach Calzada (Seth Small Extra Point) 7 10
TexA&M TD 0:33 Ainias Smith 6 yard TD pass from Zach Calzada (Seth Small Extra Point) 7 17
Second Quarter AlaTexA&M
Ala FG 5:44 Will Reichard 38 yard field goal 10 17
TexA&M TD 2:09 Isaiah Spiller 15 yard TD run (Seth Small Extra Point) 10 24
Third Quarter AlaTexA&M
Ala TD 8:18 King Mwikuta 0 yard blocked punt return for TD (Will Reichard Extra Point) 17 24
TexA&M TD 8:04 Devon Achane 96 yard kick return for TD (Seth Small Extra Point) 17 31
Ala TD 5:30 Jameson Williams 29 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 24 31
Fourth Quarter AlaTexA&M
Ala FG 14:09 Will Reichard 26 yard field goal 27 31
Ala FG 8:48 Will Reichard 22 yard field goal 30 31
Ala TD 5:00 Jameson Williams 7 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Jameson Williams 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 38 31
TexA&M TD 3:00 Ainias Smith 25 yard TD pass from Zach Calzada (Seth Small Extra Point) 38 38
TexA&M FG 0:00 Seth Small 28 yard field goal 38 41
Team Stats
  Alabama Texas A&M
First downs 25 24
  Rushing 6 7
  Passing 17 13
  Penalty 2 4
3rd Down Efficiency 9-19, 47% 4-10, 40%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 34-153 27-94
Passing Yards 369 285
Return Yards 17 103
Completions-Attempts-Int 28-48-1 21-31-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-26 0-0
Punts 4 5
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-82 6-50
Alabama Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Young 28 48 369 3 1
Texas A&M Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Z. Calzada 21 31 285 3 1
Alabama Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Robinson Jr. 24 147 6.1 0
J. Williams 1 4 4.0 0
R. Williams 2 3 1.5 0
B. Young 7 -1 -0.1 0
Texas A&M Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Spiller 17 46 2.7 1
D. Achane 7 34 4.9 0
Z. Calzada 2 12 6.0 0
A. Smith 1 2 2.0 0
Alabama Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Williams 10 146 14.6 2
J. Metchie III 7 88 12.6 0
B. Robinson Jr. 4 60 15.0 0
R. Williams 2 28 14.0 1
J. Earle 1 19 19.0 0
S. Bolden 2 16 8.0 0
C. Latu 1 10 10.0 0
T. Holden 1 2 2.0 0
Texas A&M Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Smith 6 85 14.2 2
J. Wydermyer 3 73 24.3 1
D. Achane 3 45 15.0 0
I. Spiller 4 43 10.8 0
D. Demas 2 20 10.0 0
J. Preston 2 12 6.0 0
C. Lane 1 7 7.0 0
Alabama Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Hellams 1 0
Texas A&M Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Richardson 1 3
Alabama Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Burnip 4 140 35.0
Texas A&M Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Constantinou 4 177 44.3
Alabama Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Earle 2 17 8.5
Texas A&M Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Smith 1 4 4.0
Alabama Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Texas A&M Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Achane 1 96 96.0
Alabama Missed FG
Player Length
Texas A&M Missed FG
Player Length




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