Young, No. 1 Alabama escape Texas on late FG 20-19

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Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers throws a pass during the first half an NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

By JIM VERTUNO

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Will Reichard kicked a 33 yard field goal with 10 seconds left and No. 1 Alabama and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Bryce Young overcame a stifling defensive effort by Texas to earn a hard-fought 20-19 victory Saturday.

Young has hit and harassed by the Texas defense most of the game but had a big fourth quarter with an off-balance touchdown pass a 20-yard run to set up the winning kick.

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Texas lost starting quarterback Quinn Ewers to a shoulder in the first quarter but rode an inspired defense and four field goals from Bert Auburn to a late-game lead.