As the title indicates, it was a game of firsts for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
It started with the score of course. 29-24, with the Aggies writing off the team that most considered to be the best in college football. It was the first time in two seasons that the Crimson Tide allowed more than 24 points in a game. That being said, Texas A&M got 20 of those in just the first quarter.
Going with the theme here, that first quarter was the fifteen minutes during the game that Alabama was out-played on every level. During their first drive, Alabama quickly had to do something that they probably weren’t used to. Punt the football. The Aggies promptly scored on their first possession. A.J. McCarron’s first interception of the season then led to another seven put up by Texas A&M, and they seemed to be running away as they scored again. First-downs finally started to come for the Alabama offense early in the second quarter though, and with a 20-14 deficit at half-time, they looked to be swinging the momentum their way.
In the end, there wasn’t enough time to get around the Aggies’ strong defense, and stopping the run was their largest downfall when they took the field on the other side. Texas A&M pulled off the upset in front of a silent Alabama crowd, and provided quite the mix-up for the last few weeks of college rankings. One thing is for sure: LSU, Florida, and Georgia fans at least have to be happy that the feat can be done.