The Alabama Crimson Tide have their backs against the wall after two quarters of their matchup against Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies Saturday at College Station. The Aggies started the game like a house on fire, as they outscored Nick Saban’s boys in the first period, 17-7. They did it again the second quarter, 7-3, to put Alabama in a territory it’s never been in before since Saban took over the program in 2007.
Via ESPN Stats & Info:
Texas A&M has scored 24 points, the most in a 1st half by an unranked opponent vs Alabama since Nick Saban arrived in 2007.
Texas A&M had its way against the Crimson Tide’s defense in the first half, with quarterback Zach Calzada going a smooth 13-of-14 from under center for 183 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns with an interception. Running back Isaiah Spiller also rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown on 12 rushing attempts just before halftime. But beating Alabama requires excellence on both sides of the field, which Texas A&M also showed in the first half. The Aggies intercepted Bryce Young during that span and held Alabama to only 3-of-9 conversions on third downs.
Fisher and his Texas A&M squad are giving the Crimson Tide its biggest test since Alabama won a close one against the Florida Gators in Gainesville on Sep. 18.
The last time Texas A&M defeated Alabama was in November of 2012, when the Aggies still had Johnny Manziel electrifying their offense together with Mike Evans.