The Best Reactions To Texas A&M’s Win Over No. 1 Alabama
The Texas A&M Aggies took on the Alabama Crimson tide Saturday, Oct. 9 at Kyle Field in one of the most anticipated games of the season.
The Aggies shocked the world of college football (and maybe even beyond) by knocking off the defending national champions and No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in front of a sold-out crowd at Kyle Field.
Let’s first talk about broken records: Alabama had won 100 straight games against unranked opponents, and Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban had never lost to a former assistant.
On social media, “Texas A&M,” “College Station” and the names of several players were trending well into Monday morning.
Back up to last week.
The explosion of emotion that followed Seth Small’s 28 yard game-winning field goal as time expired had been building over a week. Two heartbreaking losses to Arkansas and Mississippi State did nothing to deter students from lining up to pull tickets for the Alabama game, with some students arriving almost 48 hours before the booths opened.
We know the last 2 games haven’t gone our way but there’s no denying the power of the 12th Man. Amazing energy for ticket pull once again. We have the best students in the land👏👍 pic.twitter.com/R0pEvXGo45
— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) October 4, 2021
Several football players went out to meet their fellow Texas A&M students who camped out for tickets, bringing them donuts to express their appreciation for the 12th Man.
— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) October 4, 2021
It’s not necessary for Texas A&M to have a homecoming weekend because Aggieland is home for every Aggie, regardless of class year. However, in many senses the Aggie Family came home for this highly anticipated game. Heisman trophy winner and the last starting quarterback to lead the Aggies to a win versus Alabama, Johnny Manziel ’15, announced he was headed to College Station on Wednesday.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) October 6, 2021
ESPN commentator Fernando Palomo ’95 shared he was in town with his 1.1 million Twitter followers on Friday.
— Fernando Palomo ESPN (@fernandopalomo) October 8, 2021
After a day of tailgating, more than 106,000 fans filled up Kyle Field. The energy was enough to literally shake the stadium, as noted by this Alabama reporter Michael Casagrande.
This place is shaking. pic.twitter.com/x6VkAwSRxl
— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) October 10, 2021
Aggie Men’s Basketball legend and reigning NBA champion Khris Middleton ‘13, and several of his Milwaukee Bucks teammates were in attendance, along with the Larry O’Brien trophy.
Iconic 🏆 pic.twitter.com/gA9P5ucYfi
— Texas A&M Basketball (@aggiembk) October 10, 2021
Middleton was also honored for his role on Team USA’s Gold Medal-winning Men’s Basketball team. Team USA track athletes Athing Mu ’24 and Bryce Deadmon ’19 were honored for their medal-winning performances in Tokyo this summer.
Howdy, Aggie Olympians! 👋
— Texas A&M University (@TAMU) October 10, 2021
In total, 106,815 fans attended the game, the second largest crowd in Kyle Field history.
— Texas A&M Athletics Communications (@12thmanPR) October 10, 2021
The 12th Man was loud all night long, contributing to several communication issues for the Crimson Tide. Johnny Manziel, who has played on some of the biggest stages in college football, was impressed.
Kyle Field as rowdy as I’ve seen it in a long time
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) October 10, 2021
Following a fourth quarter touchdown where he took a brutal hit, Zach Calzada ’23 returned to the field to the crowd chanting his name. The noise was so deafening, the Yell Leaders had to signal to the 12th Man to quiet down so the offense could communicate.
HERE YOU GO BESTIES I GOT ONE pic.twitter.com/ukXt7Jccn8
— ellie (@evans4ellie) October 10, 2021
Away from Kyle Field in northern Illinois, Effrage Davis ’20 had a hard time delivering her weather forecast with Texas A&M tied with Alabama late in the fourth quarter. She ended up forecasting the end of the game saying, “We just need to eat the time, get into field goal range, kick a field goal and then we win.”
There should be a rule that you don't forecast during a tied 4th quarter TAMU vs BAMA game 👍 can you tell when we won? pic.twitter.com/JQCCnzxmix
— Effrage Davis (@effragedaviswx) October 10, 2021
Meteorologist Avery Tomasco ’15 concluded his weather forecast for the Austin area by noting there was a small disturbance over College Station, in the form of Alabama tears.
— Avery Tomasco (@averytomascowx) October 10, 2021
Alabama fans weren’t the only ones with tears in their eyes. Seth Small’s wife, Rachel ’22, watched the kick go through the upright, took a moment to console herself, and then rushed the field to celebrate with her husband. This viral moment was captured by Cameron Worthy ’22 as a part of 12th Man Productions’ coverage of the game.
— Cam Worthy (@cameron_worthy) October 11, 2021
More than 35,000 or so students and other fans quickly joined Rachel, Seth and the rest of the victorious Aggie football team. The ramps and concourses of the stadium were full of students leaving the upper decks to join the party on the field.
— Brady Stone (@bradystonex) October 10, 2021
Zach Calzada and several other Aggie football players were carried off the field as “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)” rang through the Kyle Field field speakers. Fans who didn’t rush the field stayed in their seats, soaking in what could be a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
Awesome victory for @AggieFootball and congratulations to Zach Calzada for leading the team and the @12thMan to victory. @espn Need a feel good story? Here it is. Watch as Zach’s fellow students carry him off the field Gig’ Em! @BarstoolTexasAM @SECNetwork @TAMU @TexAgs pic.twitter.com/N1gF3E5W8c
— Louis A. Acosta (@Locolouie12) October 10, 2021
Wide receiver Ryan Campbell ’23 and Adam M. Biancheri ’25, a member of the Corps of Cadets, swapped uniforms at mid-field.
Greatest Jersey Swap of All Time pic.twitter.com/UvsHAUJ4JD
— Adam Biancheri (@adam_biancheri) October 10, 2021
Former Aggie athletes who have gone on to play at the professional levels of their respective sports also poured on the praise for Small, Calzada the 12th Man, and the game itself.
SETH FOR THE WIN. 👀👀👀👀👀
— K M o n d (@TheKellenMond) October 10, 2021
BIG DUBS !!! GIG EM AGS 🔥🔥🔥
— Alex Caruso (@ACFresh21) October 10, 2021
CALZADA HEARD YOU!!!! LFG KID WAY TO RISE UP
— Cullen Gillaspia (@CGillaspia) October 10, 2021
Kyle field is nothing to play with
— Buddy Johnson (@Foebg_1) October 10, 2021
We just beat Alabama!!
— Athing Mu (@athiiing) October 10, 2021
Aggie fans experienced the whole spectrum of emotions on Saturday, and now some are using the improbable victory as motivation to achieve their own goals.
— EMiLY 🎃 (but spooky) 🎃 (@the_good_aggie) October 11, 2021