Crimson Tide’s Tagovailoa breaks single-season passing TD record

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa broke the team’s single-season passing touchdown record in a season. It was previously held by A.J. McCarron.

Tagovailoa broke McCarron’s record of 30 touchdowns. He broke the record in the third quarter.

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa attempting a pass against the Missouri Tigers
Tua Tagovailoa attempting a pass against the Missouri Tigers (Getty Images)

He hit Irv Smith Jr. at the 7:07 mark in the quarter. Smith Jr. caught the 68-yard touchdown down the middle.

Tagovailoa went 18 of 22 for 340 yards and three touchdowns in the blowout against The Citadel Bulldogs.

He came into Saturday’s game tied with Blake Sims, who had 28 touchdowns in 2014. McCarron also had 28 touchdowns in 2013.

The record that the Heisman Trophy front-runner broke was from the 2012 season when McCarron had 30 touchdowns.

In 2012, McCarron went 211 of 314 for 2.933 passing yards. He had 30 touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Hawai’i native has gone 164 of 237 for 2,865 passing yards. He has 31 touchdowns and two interceptions.

With his 2,865 passing yards this season, Tagovailoa is now in the sixth position on the all-time single-season passing list. He could surpass McCarron (2,933, 2012), Greg McElroy (2,987, 2010), and McCarron (3,063, 2013) in his next game. Blake Sims is the all-time passing leader with 3,487 yards in 2014.

Tagovailoa will have at least three, potentially four games, to add to those totals. The Crimson Tide plays the Auburn Tigers next Saturday, before playing in the SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs.

Alabama will have at least one game in the College Football Playoff, as long as they do not lose against the Tigers or the Bulldogs. Last year, the Crimson Tide lost to the Tigers on Thanksgiving weekend, but was able to get into the Top 4 of the College Football Playoff and won it over the Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

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