The Washington Post Sunday

No. 5 Aggies narrowly avoid upset at Mile High

TEXAS A&M 10, COLORADO 7

- BY ARNIE STAPLETON

denver — Backup quarterbac­k Zach Calzada threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Spiller with 2:41 remaining, and No. 5 Texas A&M escaped Empower Field at Mile High with a 10-7 win over Colorado on Saturday.

Spiller’s touchdown gave the Aggies (2-0) their first lead on a day when they lost freshman quarterbac­k Haynes King to a leg injury and eight of their first nine drives were three-and-outs.

The Buffaloes (1-1), who managed just one first down in the second half, saw their hopes of an upset end when Brendon Lewis’s pass to Dimitri Stanley on fourth and 13 from his 22 covered just 12 yards. Texas A&M, a 17-point favorite, ran out the clock for its 10th straight win, the second-longest streak in the nation behind Alabama.

The former Big 12 adversarie­s hadn’t played each other since 2009 after the Aggies bolted to the SEC and the Buffaloes headed to the Pac-12.

The old rivals put on a dazzling defensive performanc­e but an offensive dud in front of 61,203 fans at the home of the Denver Broncos.

Calzada, who entered after Haynes went down on the second drive, completed just two of his first eight passes for two yards until he heated up in the two-minute drill just before halftime.

After five three-and-outs and a missed field goal following an intercepti­on at midfield by Aggies defensive tackle Jayden Peevy, the sophomore signal caller was 4 for 7 for 41 yards on a drive that ended with Seth Small’s 41-yard field goal, pulling Texas A&M to 7-3 at halftime.

That drive began with a 15-yard run by Devon Achane, which ensured the Aggies wouldn’t become the first team in 60 years to head into the locker room without a first down against Colorado.

The Buffaloes blew several chances to put the game away in the first half. One long drive ended with a missed field goal by Cole Becker, and another ended when Lewis was stuffed on back-toback attempts to gain a few inches inside the Texas A&M 5.

Colorado lost its best rusher, Jarek Broussard, to an unspecifie­d injury midway through the third quarter after he was smoked by nickelback Antonio Johnson as he caught a pass in the right flat.

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