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Alabama 24, Texas A&M 20

(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Jalen Milroe threw for three touchdowns in his first start and No. 1 Alabama made a final goal-line stand to escape with a 24-20 victory over Texas A&M in a battle of backup quarterbacks.

Playing without injured Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young, the Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) needed two late stops from Will Anderson Jr. and the defense. They got them, just barely, to survive four turnovers and two missed field goals.

Haynes King, subbing for injured starter Max Johnson, drove the Aggies (3-3, 1-2) 69 yards in the final 1:50 with big passes to Evan Stewart and Moose Muhammad III. Jordan Battle appeared to end the threat with an interception in the end zone, but Brian Branch was flagged for pass interference.

That set up one final shot from the 2 with three seconds left, but King's pass to Stewart fell incomplete.

Milroe passed for 111 yards and ran for 183, but also threw an interception and lost two fumbles. Jahmyr Gibbs ran for 159 yards after gaining most of his 206 after Young's shoulder injury early against Arkansas.

Subbing for an injured Max Johnson (throwing hand), King completed 25 of 46 passes for 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns with an interception.

Ultimately, Alabama got a double measure of revenge against the Aggies and coach Jimbo Fisher. Another unranked Texas A&M team handed Alabama its only regular-season loss last year, then Fisher went no-holds barred in response to Nick Saban's comments that the Aggies bought their top recruiting class with NIL money.

Once again, the Aggies hung ever so close with the top team, a 23 1/2-point favorite.

Texas A&M cut it to 24-20 on Randy Bond's 46-yard field goal with 3:32 left. The Aggies settled for the kick after twice getting flagged for false starts trying to go for it on fourth-and-long.

The defense then forced Alabama into a three-and-out, setting up one more shot for King and the Aggies.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas A&M: It was another blow for an Aggies season that started with a No. 6 ranking and hopes of SEC and national contention. But the offense showed late signs of life in a gutty performance that fell just short.

Alabama: The dynamic passing game with Young wasn't evident, but the grind-it-out run game was effective but for the array of mistakes.


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter TexA&MAla
Ala TD 11:39 Cameron Latu 10 yard TD pass from Jalen Milroe (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 7
TexA&M TD 6:33 Moose Muhammad III 5 yard TD pass from Haynes King (Randy Bond Extra Point) 7 7
Ala TD 5:33 Jermaine Burton 35 yard TD pass from Jalen Milroe (Will Reichard Extra Point) 7 14
TexA&M TD 2:12 Donovan Green 3 yard TD pass from Haynes King (Randy Bond Extra Point) 14 14
Ala FG 0:12 Will Reichard 50 yard field goal 14 17
Third Quarter TexA&MAla
Ala TD 13:03 Ja'Corey Brooks 29 yard TD pass from Jalen Milroe (Will Reichard Extra Point) 14 24
TexA&M FG 5:19 Randy Bond 41 yard field goal 17 24
Fourth Quarter TexA&MAla
TexA&M FG 3:32 Randy Bond 46 yard field goal 20 24
Team Stats
  Texas A&M Alabama
First downs 18 25
  Rushing 4 14
  Passing 11 7
  Penalty 3 4
3rd Down Efficiency 5-17, 29% 5-14, 36%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 25-70 51-288
Passing Yards 253 111
Return Yards 53 38
Completions-Attempts-Int 25-47-1 12-19-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-14 4-25
Punts 7 4
Fumbles Lost 0-0 3-3
Penalties - Yards 8-59 6-73
Texas A&M Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. King 25 46 253 2 1
Alabama Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Milroe 12 19 111 3 1
Texas A&M Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Achane 16 62 3.9 0
H. King 8 10 1.3 0
Alabama Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Gibbs 21 154 7.3 0
J. Milroe 17 83 4.9 0
J. McClellan 10 32 3.2 0
R. Williams 3 19 6.3 0
Texas A&M Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Stewart 8 106 13.3 0
M. Muhammad III 6 64 10.7 1
C. Marshall 3 40 13.3 0
C. Lane 1 25 25.0 0
D. Green 2 8 4.0 1
D. Achane 4 5 1.3 0
J. Preston 1 5 5.0 0
Alabama Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Burton 3 48 16.0 1
J. Brooks 2 44 22.0 1
J. Gibbs 3 13 4.3 0
C. Latu 1 10 10.0 1
K. Prentice 2 1 .5 0
T. Holden 1 -5 -5.0 0
Texas A&M Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Gilbert 1 0
Alabama Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Arnold 1 21
Texas A&M Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Constantinou 7 291 41.6
Alabama Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Burnip 4 167 41.8
Texas A&M Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Muhammad III 1 8 8.0
Alabama Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. McKinstry 1 -2 -2.0
Texas A&M Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Preston 2 32 16.0
D. Achane 1 13 13.0
Alabama Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Gibbs 1 19 19.0
Texas A&M Missed FG
Player Length
Alabama Missed FG
Player Length
W. Reichard 47
W. Reichard 35




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