Jalen Milroe, No. 1 Alabama escape Texas A&M, 24-20

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Alabama escape Texas A&M
Alabama defensive backs DeMarcco Hellams (2) and Terrion Arnold (3) signal no catch on the final play of an NCAA college football game, as Texas A&M wide receiver Evan Stewart (1) falls to the ground Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — 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 on Saturday night 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.

Haynes King led a final drive that came up a couple yards short

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

 Alabama escape Texas A&M

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