Tagovailoa Breaks Touchdown Record as No. 1 Alabama
Downs The Citadel, 50-17
November 17, 2018
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 1 Alabama football team
scored four times in the third quarter to cruise to a
50-17 win over The Citadel at Bryant-Denny Stadium on
Saturday after the game was tied 10-10 at halftime.
The Crimson Tide (11-0) outscored the Bulldogs (4-6)
40-7 in the second half.
Tide freshmen, Jaylen Waddle
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Tagovailoa led the Alabama offense going 18-of-22 for
340 yards through the air and three touchdowns.
Tagovailoa also added 37 rushing yards, including a
one-yard touchdown plunge. Sophomore wide out Henry
Ruggs III caught six passes for a team-high 116 yards
while freshman receiver Jaylen Waddle ended the day
with six catches for 90 yards and two scores.
Junior linebacker Anfernee Jennings finished with 11
tackles to lead the Tide defenders and returned a
fumble 18 yards for a touchdown as part of the third
quarter scoring barrage.
After a Citadel punt set up the Tide offense at its
own 20-yard line for its opening possession, UA used
an eight-play, 80-yard drive for its first score,
capped by Tagovailoa finding Waddle from 21 yards out
to get on the scoreboard. Following the extra point
from redshirt freshman Joseph Bulovas, Alabama led 7-0
with 3:29 remaining in the quarter. The score marked
the 10th time in 11 games this season that the Crimson
Tide has scored on its opening possession.
In the second quarter, The Citadel used a 45-yard run
to tie the game up at 7-7 with 11:42 left before the
Alabama responded with a nine-play, 86-yard drive
finished off by Bulovas' 23-yard field goal with 4:59
on the clock. The Bulldogs tied up the game at 10-10
as time expired in the half with a 48-yard field goal.
Following an Alabama fumble and a missed Citadel field
goal to start the second half, Tagovailoa found Ruggs
III on three-straight passes, including a 54-yard
pitch-and-catch to set the Tide up at the Bulldogs
three-yard line. Two plays later, Tagovailoa hooked up
with Waddle for their second touchdown of the day,
this time from five yards out. Bulovas' extra point
made it 17-10 with 10:26 in the third quarter.
Twelve seconds later, Alabama found the end zone again
when junior Deionte Thompson forced a fumble and
Jennings picked up the ball and ran it in for a
touchdown from 18 yards out. The extra point from
Bulovas made it 24-10 with 10:14 in the third.
The Tide continued to pour on the points in third
quarter when Tagovailoa found junior tight end Irv
Smith Jr. wide open across the middle. Smith Jr. then
rumbled 68 yards to the end zone, giving UA a 30-10
lead with 6:16 to go in the quarter. Tagovailoa's
touchdown pass was his 31st of the season which broke
the previous school record of 30 set by AJ McCarron in
Later in the third quarter, Tagovailoa picked up his
fourth touchdown of the game, this one on the ground,
punching it in from one-yard out. The touchdown plunge
finished the six-play, 63-yard drive and Bulovas'
extra point extended the advantage to 37-10 heading
into the fourth.
On the next Alabama offensive possession, senior
running back Damien Harris broke free for a 73-yard
gain, to setup the Tide at the Bulldogs seven-yard
line. On the following play, junior quarterback Jalen
Hurts roped a pass to sophomore wide out DeVonta Smith
for a seven-yard score. UA held the 43-10 lead with
13:27 to go in the game.
The Citadel scored its second TD of the day on a
44-yard sideline run with 7:44 to go in the game.
Alabama answered with a final touchdown of its own
when sophomore running back Brian Robinson Jr.
bulldozed his way into the end zone from one yard out.
The PAT from Austin Jones made it 50-17 with 4:25 left
on the clock.
With the victory, Alabama has now won at least 11
games 22 times in school history and 10 times under
Nick Saban. The Tide has also won 11 games or more the
last eight years in a row, the longest streak in
Southeastern Conference history.
The Tide returns to action next Saturday for its final
regular-season home game against Auburn at
Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Iron Bowl is set for a 2:30
p.m. CT kickoff on CBS.
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