Heading into the Auburn game, we talked about Tua Tagovailoa’s record-breaking season. Against The Citadel, Tagovailoa had set Alabama’s single-season passing touchdown record (31). Against Auburn, he set some new records.
Tagovailoa went 25-32 (78.1%) for 324 yards and 5 touchdowns, and he added another 26 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. Those 5 passing touchdowns tied a school record - Gary Hollingsworth threw 5 touchdowns against Ole Miss in 1989. Tagovailoa’s 6 total touchdowns set a school record for most touchdowns in a single game - Hollingsworth, Shaun Alexander vs. BYU 1998, Santonio Beard vs. Ole Miss in 2002, Blake Sims vs. Auburn in 2014, and Jalen Hurts vs. Mississippi State in 2016.
We see you, Henry Ruggs. We see you. pic.twitter.com/GQNmmxa5rQ— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 24, 2018
Tagovailoa entered the Iron Bowl with 48 career touchdowns, already good enough for #6 in Alabama history. With his 6 touchdowns, he passed Shaun Alexander (50 touchdowns) and Harry Gilmer (52 touchdowns).
He now sits just four shy of John Parker Wilson’s 58 touchdowns. Jalen Hurts also added to his total with a touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle, and he now sits at a nice 69 touchdowns. AJ McCarron is #1 in school history with 80 touchdowns.
Jalen Hurts: one play, one touchdown. pic.twitter.com/5sLs54SvLI— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 24, 2018
While, Tagovailoa has the passing touchdown record already in hand; he’s still a little short of the passing yardage record. He passed Jake Coker for second place, but he is still 298 yards short of Blake Sims. For now.
Additionally, Tagovailoa’s 350 total yards gives him 3,400 yards on the season, passing Jake Coker’s 3,178 yards in 2015. If the season ended today (SPOILER ALERT: It does not), he would have the third most yards in a single season in Alabama history.
Alabama has, at minimum, two games remaining. Tagovailoa needs 334 yards to pass Jalen Hurts #2 and 437 to pass Blake Sims for #1.
Oh, and we’re not done yet. Blake Sims has the record for most yards per game in a season with 274.1 (3,837 yards over 14 games). Through 12 games, Tagovailoa is averaging 283.3 yards. That’s with a total of 46 yards in the 4th quarter all season.
Take away those 4th quarter yards, and Tagovailoa has 3,354. Subtracting 4th quarter stats from Hurts in 2016 and Sims in 2014 leaves them with 3,300 yards and 3,259 yards respectively.
Yep, Tagovailoa would be #1.