Tua Tagovailoa sets Alabama career touchdown record after just 20 starts under center for the Tide

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa set the all-time school record for touchdowns on Saturday against Ole Miss with 86 now in his career. The junior surpasses the mark set by former Tide signal-caller AJ McCarron, who had 80 from 2010-13.

Tagovailoa's first score of the game came like many of his touchdown strikes in 2019 -- on a slant pass. He found DeVonta Smith off the left side for a 74-yard catch-and-run to open scoring in the matchup against the Rebels. John Rhys Plumlee led the Rebels back and put the Crimson Tide in a 10-7 hole early in the second quarter before Tagovailoa earned his record. He rolled out to his left on a designed play, with all three receiving options were covered. So he merely waltzed into the end zone himself for the milestone. 

The Hawaiian signal caller added five more scores for the Crimson Tide before being pulled late during the 59-31 blowout of the Rebels, finishing with 418 yards passing and six touchdowns.

Tagovailoa turned into a national sensation when he came off the bench in the second half of the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game against Georgia. He tossed three touchdowns in the second half and overtime -- including the walk-off game-winner to Smith on 2nd-and-26 -- to cement in place in Crimson Tide history. He earned the starting job over Jalen Hurts prior to the 2018 season, and made his 19th career start on Saturday against Ole Miss.

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Barrett Sallee has been a member of the sports media in various aspects since 2001. He is currently a college football writer for CBS Sports, analyst for CBS Sports HQ and host for the SiriusXM college... Full Bio

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