Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on Saturday became the school’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns, then quickly began to climb further up another leaderboard.
The junior’s 31-yard scoring toss to wide receiver Jaylen Waddle in the first quarter against 24th-ranked Texas A&M was the 78th touchdown pass of his career, moving him past AJ McCarron (2010-13) into first in Crimson Tide history.
The play was also pivotal in that it tied the score with the host Aggies at 7-7. Tagovailoa would add two more scoring passes in the first half at College Station, Texas, a 47-yarder in the first quarter to receiver DeVonta Smith and a 16-yard strike to running back Najee Harris in the second quarter.
Tagovailoa finished with 293 passing yards with four touchdowns against one interception, as the Crimson Tide ran away for a 47-28 victory.
The pass to Smith also put Tagovailoa third in career passing yards at Alabama, moving him past Brodie Croyle, who had 6,382 from 2002-05. McCarron is also first on that list, throwing for 9,019 yards from 2010-13. John Parker Wilson, who played at Alabama from 2005-08, is second on the list at 7,924.
Alabama improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the SEC, having claimed the No. 1 in the nation last week.
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)