Oct 15, 2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Ramel Keyton (80) runs the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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No. 6 Tennessee shocks No. 3 Alabama on FG as time expires

Chase McGrath’s 40-yard field goal as time expired lifted No. 6 Tennessee to an epic 52-49 victory over No. 3 Alabama on Saturday night in Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) snapped a 15-game losing streak against the Crimson Tide (6-1, 3-1) and beat Alabama for the first time since Nick Saban became the Tide’s coach in 2007.

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker set up the game-winning score by driving the Volunteers 45 yards in only 13 seconds on two long completions to Ramel Keyton and Bru McCoy to give them the ball at the Alabama 23.

Hooker completed 21 of 30 passes for 385 yards and threw five touchdown passes. He connected on all five of his touchdown passes with receiver Jalin Hyatt, who finished with six catches for 207 yards.

Hyatt’s 13-yard touchdown catch with 3:26 left knotted the score at 49.

Will Reichard had a chance to put Alabama ahead with 15 seconds left but missed a 50-yard attempt wide right. It was Reichard’s fourth miss in his past seven attempts.

The game featured the return of Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young after he missed the Crimson Tide’s previous game with a right shoulder injury. Young completed 35 of 52 passes for 455 yards and threw two touchdown passes and no interceptions.

Young helped Alabama erase a 28-10 deficit in the second quarter — its largest in three seasons — before the team’s traded scores down the stretch. Jahmyr Gibbs’ 26-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion pass from Young to Ja’Corey Brooks tied the game at 28.

Gibbs ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries.

Young’s 1-yard TD pass to Cameron Latu tied the game at 42 with 8:38 left.

Alabama’s defense provided the go-ahead points on the ensuing series when Hooker was sacked and fumbled. Dallas Turner picked it up and returned it 11 yards to give Alabama a 49-42 lead with 7:49 left.

But Tennessee’s up-tempo offense, which amassed 567 total yards, struck again late and set up McGrath’s game-winner in the final minute.

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