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Unranked Texas A&M shocks No. 1 Alabama, snaps 100-game streak

Written by on October 9, 2021

Texas A&M shocked Alabama at home on Saturday night, beating the top-ranked Crimson Tide 41-38 thanks to a last-second field goal.

The Aggies’ win broke Alabama’s streak of 100 consecutive wins against unranked opponents, the longest streak in the AP Poll Era. The Crimson Tide came into Saturday having won 19-straight games.

The loss also meant that Alabama coach Nick Saban is no longer undefeated against his former assistants.

On the 25th try, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, who served as Saban’s offensive coordinator at LSU, finally got the job done.

And Fisher did it with his second-string quarterback, Zach Calzada, who was forced into starting duties when Haynes King was injured against Colorado on Sept. 11.

Calzada had struggled in each of the Aggies’ last two games — back-to-back losses to Arkansas and Mississippi State.

But he was sharp against Alabama, completing 21 of 31 passes for 285 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Alabama entered the game a 19-point favorite against Texas A&M. It is the second-largest upset in Nick Saban’s head coaching career, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

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