Calzada struggled mightily through three quarters. The game looked too fast for him as he threw behind, over and behind the receivers and was nearly intercepted a few times. Until the last two drives of the game, he didn’t get much help from his fellow human beings. Fortunately for the misfire, the defense got together just before half time and smothered Colorado in the second half.

“There will be games like this. You have to pull them out, ”said A&M coach Jimbo Fisher. “You have to be able to find a way and that’s one thing this team has done and one thing … the organization keeps learning how to do it.”

The win was A & M’s tenth consecutive win, the country’s second-longest winning streak after Alabama. But it also fits a theme the Aggies created that probably kept them out of last season’s college football playoffs when they finished fifth behind Notre Dame on the final poll. The Aggies ended the regular season with seven straight wins but were often unimpressive. The players have talked about being more dominant and earning “style points”, but they were reminded on Saturday that you have to win first, even if it’s ugly.

“I always say this, you know, all the great teams I’ve been on, no matter what, there are a game or two where you find a way to scratch, scratch and pull them out,” Fisher said. “Yes, you understand why it is difficult and you fix these problems and move on and get better.”