No. 1 Alabama survives wild ending to hold off Aggies

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Jalen Milroe 1 hit the ball in his first outing and the Alabama No. 1 made the ultimate goal to escape with a 24-20 win over Texas A&M on Saturday night in a battle of backup quarterbacks. .

Heisman Trophy winner plays without injury Bryce YoungCrimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 Southeast Conference) needs two late stops from Will Anderson Jr. and defense. They got them, just enough, to survive four turns and two goals conceded on the field.

“It wasn’t our best football tonight,” said Alabama coach Nick Saban. “When you don’t have your midfielder out there and the second team has to play, everyone has to play better.”

But the Aggies are in a similar boat, albeit with a more experienced extra midfielder.

Haynes Kingfor starter injured Max Johnson (hand throw), drove the Aggies (3-2, 1-2) 69 yards in the 1:50 final with big passes to Evan Stewart and Moose Muhammad III. Battle of Jordan seems to end the threat with an interception at the end area, but Brian Branch was flagged for cross-interference.

That set up a final shot from the second with three seconds left, but King’s pass to Stewart failed to complete.

Milroe passed 111 yards and ran 183, but also hit an intercept and lost twice awkwardly. Jahmyr Gibbs ran in 159 yards after reaching most of his 206 after Young suffered an early shoulder injury against Arkansas.

The big question now is whether Young will play against 8 Tennessee.

Saban said: “Jalen did some good things but obviously there were some upheavals. “He’s going to live and learn and we’ll live and learn with him. We’ll just see what progress Bryce makes.”

King completed 25 of 46 passes for 253 yards and a few touches with interception but faced constant pressure. Tide has three dismissals and Anderson is credited with eight hurdles in midfield.

In the end, Alabama got double revenge on the Aggies and coach Jimbo Fisher. Another underappreciated Texas A&M team gave Alabama only regular season loss last year, then Fisher went Feedback is not forbidden according to Nick Saban’s comment that the Aggies bought their top recruiting class with NIL money.

Once again, the Aggies are close to the top of the table, 23 1/2 favorites.

Texas A&M cuts to 24-20 on Randy BondsTarget on the field 46 yards, 3:32 left. The Aggies decided for the kick after being flagged for wrong twice and started trying to do it on the fourth and long turn.

The defense then forced Alabama into a barrage, setting up again for King and the Aggies.


Texas A&M: It was another blow to an Aggies season that started with a 6th place and SEC hopes and national competition. But the offense had its late signs of life in an intrepid performance that was short-lived.

Alabama: The dynamic game of passing with Young was not clearly shown, but the game of running the track was effective but there were a series of mistakes. Linebacker Jaylen Moody miss the game with a bruised kidney.


Alabama swapped places with Georgia after the Bulldogs had a narrow loss to Missouri. It will be interesting to see how voters view Tide’s own close call.


Young appeared for team games and caught up with other midfielders, but failed to make passes. Johnson watched from the sidelines with a shotgun.


Texas A&M has an opening day before visiting South Carolina on October 22.

Alabama meets 8th place Tennessee in the first game against the Top 10.


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