The top-ranked University of Alabama Crimson Tide lead #24 Texas A&M at Kyle Field 24-13 at halftime.
The Tide will receive the kickoff to open the second half, but Tua Tagovailoa already set two more major career milestones before the teams even made their ways down the tunnel to hear from Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher respectively.
With three touchdowns in the first half, Tagovailoa set the university’s career record for touchdown passes, breaking his tie with A.J. McCarron. Those three touchdowns put Tagovailoa’s career passing TD’s at 80, while McCarron had 77.
Tagovailoa against Ole Miss two weeks ago already broke McCarron’s record for the most total touchdowns in school history.
In the first half against Texas A&M, Tagovailoa also threw his way into third place for Alabama’s most career passing yards record.
He moved past Brodie Croyle in career yardage with his second touchdown pass on the day, which went to DeVonta Smith for 47 yards.
However, one marker did not go Tagovailoa’s way on Saturday. Late in the second quarter, with the Tide in the red zone, he threw his first interception on the season. He had previously thrown 186 passes without an INT this season.
The game is being televised on CBS.
At halftime, Saban said, “We’ve got to compete every play of the game and keep playing. We obviously let an opportunity slip away down here with the interception.”
“We knew they were going to go two minutes, and we got two penalties. That’s 30 yards right there, which is what gave them the field goal. We did play better on defense after the first series and we’re going to have to continue to do that,” he concluded, per UA Athletics.
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