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WATCH: Backup QB Zach Calzada leads late drive as No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies top Colorado

Sep 11, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Zach Calzada (10) looks to pass in the second quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes  at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Zach Calzada (10) looks to pass in the second quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Backup quarterback Zach Calzada threw a go-ahead TD pass to Isaiah Spiller with 2:41 left, and the fifth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies rallied to beat the Colorado Buffaloes 10-7 in Denver on Saturday.

Calzada came on for injured starter Haynes King in the first quarter and finished 18-for-38 passing for 183 yards and the score. Spiller had six catches for 56 yards for Texas A&M (2-0).

Colorado’s Jarek Broussard rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Brendon Lewis was 13-for-25 passing for 89 yards and an interception. He also rushed for 76 yards for the Buffaloes (1-1).

King was injured at the end of the Aggies’ second drive of the day. He was tackled on a third-and-4 scramble and appeared to have his right leg contorted as he went down. The freshman hobbled off the field and then limped to the locker room.

King was 1-for-2 passing for eight yards.

Texas A&M settled for a 53-yard field goal attempt that was wide and kept the game scoreless.

The Aggies appeared to have taken the lead midway through the fourth. Calzada scrambled from Colorado’s 13-yard line and was hit at the end zone as he extended his arm over the goal line. A review ruled Calzada had fumbled and the Buffaloes recovered in the end zone.

Texas A&M forced a punt and drove 77 yards in 11 plays, capped by Calzada’s scoring strike to Spiller on third and 9.

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Colorado took the lead in the first quarter. Taking over on their 31, the Buffaloes used nine plays to drive down the field. Lewis broke off a 30-yard scramble that gave them a first down at the Texas A&M 19, and four plays later, Broussard scored on a 2-yard run to make it 7-0.

Colorado had chances to score on its next two possessions but Cole Becker missed a 46-yard field goal attempt and Lewis was tackled at the Aggies 5-yard line on a fourth and 1.

Texas A&M finally got on the board with Seth Small’s 41-yard field goal with 25 seconds left in the first half.

–Field Level Media