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College Football: Texas A&M is the National Team of the Week

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College Football: Texas A&M is the National Team of the Week

2021-10-12 13:44:58

 

Image: Aggies end No. 1 Alabama's 19-game win streak at the gun. (Image Source: Texas A&M Athletics) 

DALLAS (FWAA) – On a day filled with blockbuster matchups and a season's worth of highlights across the country, Seth Small saved the best for last, cooly nailing a 28-yard field as time expired to give the Texas A&M Aggies a dramatic 41-38 win over No. 1 Alabama at Kyle Field in a primetime nightcap. For being the first unranked team to beat a No. 1 team since 2008 and snapping the Crimson Tide's 19-game win streak, Texas A&M has earned the Cheez-It Bowl National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Oct. 9, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

This is the seventh time for Texas A&M (4-2) to earn this honor from the FWAA. A near identical kick – a 26-yard last-second field goal by Small in this same weekend (Oct. 10) last season – earned the Aggies the FWAA's weekly honor after they toppled No. 4 Florida at Kyle Field, ironically by the same 41-38 score. The Aggies' last honor prior to that came in 2014. All Division I FBS and FCS schools are eligible to be selected.

The win also snapped Alabama's 12-game Southeastern Conference win streak. It was the third time that Texas A&M has beaten an AP No. 1 opponent; the last time came in 2012 at Alabama. Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher became the first former Nick Saban assistant coach to defeat his boss (they were a collective 0-24 prior to Saturday, Fisher being 0-4).

Junior quarterback Zach Calzada completed his first 10 passes and led A&M to a tying touchdown and then the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter, finishing 21-for-31 for 285 yards and three touchdowns. The Aggies got their first kickoff-return touchdown in four seasons, and the defense limited Alabama to just 10 points in the first half, its lowest first-half total since being held scoreless by Georgia to start the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. The four sacks by A&M are the most Alabama has given up in four seasons.

"All three phases affected the game: Offense, defense, special teams. We had the points," Fisher said. "There were ups and downs and swings in that game. You knew they were going to come back in the second half after our first half after the things we did. I thought our defense was outstanding. Even though they gave up yards, they had some outstanding (stops) – four straight trips right there that either they missed – got a field goal, got an interception in the red zone.”

The win came before a packed Kyle Field crowd of 106,815, the second-largest crowd in stadium history and its highest since its redevelopment in 2015. The Aggies play at Missouri at 11 a.m. CT Saturday on the SEC Network.

This is the 20th season the FWAA will select a national team of the week. Each honored team will receive a custom Cheez-It "care package" along with a hand-crafted game ball made in America by Dallas-based Big Game USA, the nation's leading manufacturer of custom footballs.

The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Oct. 9 are:

  • Boise State (3-3): Hank Bachmeier threw for 172 yards and the Broncos’ defense forced four turnovers in a 26-17 upset at No. 10 BYU. Boise State rallied from a 10-0 deficit to take a 17-10 halftime lead, marking the first time BYU has trailed this season. It was the Broncos’ first win over a top-10 team on the road since 2001 (35-30 at No. 8 Fresno State).
  • Iowa (6-0): The No. 3 Hawkeyes took over one of the day's most-anticipated games in the second half, outscoring No. 4 Penn State 13-3 for a 23-20 win at Kinnick Stadium. Nico Ragaini's 44-yard touchdown reception with 6:26 left decided it, completing Iowa's comeback from an early 17-3 deficit. Iowa's defense intercepted four passes and held Penn State, which lost starting quarterback Sean Clifford to injury during the game, to 287 total yards.
  • Oklahoma (6-0): In front of 92,100 fans at the Cotton Bowl, the No. 6 Sooners got the wild day started when Kennedy Brooks rambled 33 yards for a touchdown with three seconds left, beating No. 23 Texas 55-48 on a play meant to set up a game-ending field goal. The score was the last of Brooks' 217 yards as Oklahoma overcame a 28-7 deficit after the first quarter, matching the second-largest comeback in program history behind quarterback Caleb Williams, who replaced Spencer Rattler in the second quarter.
 
 

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