By: Garrett Franks
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Under the bright lights Bryant-Denny Stadium Alabama survives a thriller 24-20.
With starting Quarterback Bryce Young out, Alabama turned to redshirt freshmen Jalen Milroe. Milroe finished out last weeks win against Arkansas when Young went down in the second quarter.
Milroe had an up and down performance to say the least. Milroe gave up three turnovers in the first half, two being fumbles while one was a INT on third down.
But like many Alabama’s QBs, Milroe showed up when his team needed him. Milroe finished 12-19 for 111 yards with 3 TDs. While the Tide definitely missed Young, Milroe showed he’s more than a serviceable option.
As usual, Jahmyr Gibbs showed why he was one of the most sought after running back in the portal. rushing for 154 yards on 21 carries.
A&M running back Devon Achane struggled to get things going on the ground for the Aggies, only getting 16 carries, amassing 62 yards.
While Haynes King has his fair share of college football critics, the kid from Longview, Texas did fairly good against this stellar Alabama defense. While 25 of 46 for 253 yards and scoring two touchdowns ins’t a crazy stat line, he did what was asked of him.
It was the freshman five-star WR who showed up and out. Evan Stewart didn’t look like a freshman playing in one of the most hostile environments in college football. Stewart was targeted 18 times by King catching eight of those balls for 106 yards.
Stewart was on the receiving end of the 43-yard pass late in the fourth to put the Aggies in striking distance.
Alabama’s defense has consistency shown up in tough spots. They limited the Aggies to 323 total yards. Dallas Turner and Will Anderson were all over the field. Both combining for ten QB hurries and three sacks.
Alabama will have a tough challenge next week as they travel up to Knoxville, Tennessee in a top-10 battle versus the Volunteers.