College Station, Texas – During a speech in the spring, Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher used colorful words to announce that coach Nick Saban will beat Alabama during his tenure.
He kept that promise in his first attempt since Saturday night and gave the reigning champions their first defeat since 2019.
“Our team beat a very good football team … and that’s important to me,” Fisher said.
The set is small Occupied a 28-yard field goal over time, Texas A&M impressed Alabama’s No. 41-38 players and ended the Crimson Tide’s winning streak in 19 games.
The victory came on Fisher’s 56th birthday, which is definitely Texas A&M’s biggest achievement since Fisher took over in 2018.
“I didn’t know what to give him, so we thought we should win him,” Smoll said.
Alabama (5-1, 2-1 Southeast Conference) had 21 points. Limited to TD reception and Jameson Williams ’2-point conversion — a 38-31 advantage with five minutes left.
Texas A&M (4-2, 1-2) drew 38 with Zach Calzada Connected with Ayni Smith for a 25-yard touchdown three minutes left. Kalzada was beaten when he was hit and had to be helped off the field, but returned to the next driver after going to the medical tent.
Calzada returned after the Aggies forced the winning driver to organize, which ended up being sent to the 17-yard Ishaya Spiller by the junior after the junior fans rushed to the field to celebrate.
“I’m proud of our guys,” Fisher said. “We’ve put on performances at critical times.”
Calzada made 285 yards and three touchdowns as he played like a previous backup star. Devon Achane Returned 96 yards for TD in the third quarter and the A&M defense came in after Bruce Young overnight.
“It’s a great win,” Achane said. “It shows us we can do great things.”
Smith finished with 85 yards and two points, and Jalen Uydermyer had 73 yards and TD, helping the Aggies win.
Alabama has not lost since falling 45-45 to Auburn on November 30, 2019.
“Everyone needs to remember their feelings and not forget it,” Saban said.
Saban lost to one of his assistants for the first time since scoring 24-0 in that game. He beat Fisher four times, more than any of his former employees.
“It means nothing to me,” Fisher said of ending the former assistant series. “Our football team is learning to play against other great football teams and succeed. It’s important to me.”
Texas A&M also completed Alabama’s 100 wins over unlisted teams, a victory over Colorado to host Saban’s first season in the 2007 Independence Cup.
The Aggies finished sixth this season, and Alabama’s Crimson Tide handed them their only defeat of the season. But as of last week, it seemed to be a lost season for the Aggies after a series of defeats by Arkansas and Mississippi, who dropped out of the Top-25.
But instead of falling into the big hole this week, the Aggies were upset to pull off an eight-game skid against Alabama. This is their first win in a row, as Johnny Manziel’s brilliant play led them to a 29-24 victory in 2012, while Crimson Tide also took first place.
“We had some difficult weeks … [but] You’re determined by how you react to challenges, ”Fisher said.
Manziel, who won the Heisman Cup that season, was among 106,815 fans at Kyle Field on Saturday night, watching the Aggies beat the Crimson Tide at home for the first time. A&M’s first win in a row came on January 1, 1968, when they won the Cotton Bowl 20-16.
After the game, Manziel was among those celebrating on the field in the post-match game.
The 17 1/2 runners gained that control early, after two flights in the 24-10 range and a great start to Calzada. A&M’s 24 points in the first half was the most points Alabama allowed an opponent who wasn’t ranked before the break during the Saban period.
“There were a lot of problems,” Saban said.
Young hit 369 yards and three rebounds, while Williams received 146 yards. Junior Brian Robinson ran 147 yards.
When DeMarcco Hellams, Nick Constantino and King Mvikuta blocked the plot in the final zone to hit in the third quarter, Alabama was reduced to seven.
But the Aggies took the shot and responded with their own goal. Achane went through two waves of defenders, then showed elite speed, which allowed him to double as a runner on the track team. There were eight minutes left in the third minute.
“The hole was huge,” Achane said. “Was that so for me?”
The young 75-yard driver narrowed the lead to 31-24 with a 29-yard assist by Williams. Williams put his finger to his lips to squeeze the crowd after the score.
There are things in Alabama that need to be cleaned up to get their way back and get a chance to defend their title. The Aggies should have thought they hAcesparks’t played better in the last two weeks, so that win could mean more.
Alabama will no doubt drop a few places in the poll after the defeat, and a win over the defending champions will be enough to get the Aggies back into the Top 25.
Alabama: In Mississippi on Saturday night.
Texas A&M: In Missouri on Saturday.