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Alabama did not play its best game of the season but managed to stay undefeated, beating Texas A&M 24-20. With Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young sidelined with a shoulder injury, Alabama had to look to Jalen Milroe, in his first career start at quarterback, to lead them to victory.
Milroe threw for three touchdowns in his first start but was also responsible for three turnovers, one interception, and two fumbles. Both of Milroe's fumbles led to short fields, which resulted in touchdowns for Texas A&M. Jase McClellan added to Alabama's turnovers by losing a fumble of his own midway through the third quarter, which led to a Texas A&M field goal.
On top of the four turnovers by the Alabama offense, the Crimson Tide missed two field goals and had six penalties, with two being unsportsmanlike penalties.
With Bryce Young out and an inexperienced quarterback at the helm, Alabama decided to lean on the run game. Jahmyr Gibbs had a big day totaling 154 yards on 21 carries. Milroe added to the rushing total with 83 yards on 17 carries.
The Alabama defense held the Texas A&M offense in check, only allowing 323 yards of offense, and proved to be the reason Alabama remained unbeaten. While the defense only recorded three sacks, they were consistently pressuring the quarterback, disrupting the passing game for Texas A&M.
With the game on the line, Texas A&M had one play from the Alabama two-yard line to score a touchdown to win the game, and the Crimson Tide defense stood firm, denying the Aggies the upset.
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