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A stunner: Texas A&M beats No. 1 Alabama 41-38

Yahoo Sports US logo Yahoo Sports US 10/10/2021 Nick Bromberg

Zach Calzada had the game of his life as Texas A&M upset No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.

Calzada threw a game-tying TD pass to Ainias Smith with three minutes to go as his left knee got rolled up on by a lineman. He returned to the game for A&M’s next possession despite being helped off the field after the TD pass and led the Aggies down the field for a game-winning drive that culminated in a 28-yard field goal by Seth Small and a 41-38 win.

Calzada entered the game completing 55% of his passes after taking over for Haynes King following a fractured lower left leg suffered in the second game of the season. Saturday night, Calzada was 21-of-31 passing for 285 yards and three TDs and an interception along with a huge scramble on A&M’s final drive.

Here's what his pass to Smith for the game-tying score looked like. 

Alabama went three-and-out on what could have been a game-winning TD drive and A&M got the ball back with 2:08 to go. It took the Aggies eight plays to go 54 yards with the help of a key pass interference penalty to get into chip shot range for Small.


Video: Alabama upset by Texas A&M (WVTM 13 Birmingham)

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The A&M win means Jimbo Fisher is the first former Nick Saban assistant to beat the Alabama coach. Former Saban assistants entered Saturday night 0-24 against Saban as head coaches. 

A&M led most of the game

While A&M needed 10 points over the final three minutes of the game to get the win, the Aggies led for most of the game. Alabama’s 38-31 lead with five minutes left was its first lead since 7-3 midway through the first quarter.

And that go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter was one that shouldn’t have counted. Alabama rushed up to the line to snap the ball as it realized A&M’s defense was discombobulated and Jameson Williams was totally uncovered. But as Bryce Young hit Williams for a seven-yard TD, an illegal motion penalty should have negated the play.

Watch the video below closely. Alabama left tackle Evan Neal isn’t set at the snap.

That was one of the only moments of the night that A&M’s defense wasn’t on the same page. Well-timed blitzes and stunts from defensive coordinator Mike Elko overmatched Alabama’s offensive line at various points and sent Young scrambling.

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