COLUMBIA, S.C., Sporting Alert – Tua Tagovailoa threw for five touchdowns and No. 2 Alabama went to Williams-Brice Stadium and beat South Carolina 47-23 in Week 3 on Saturday.
Tagovailoa completed 28 of 36 passes for a career-best 444 yards and connected with DeVonta Smith and Najee Harris for two touchdown passes each, while the talented quarterback also found Henry Ruggs III for a scoring play.
Tagovailoa was recording his 8th career game with at least four touchdown pass, according to ESPN Stats and Information, which sees him move ahead of AJ McCarron for the most in that category in Alabama history.
“As a quarterback, you have to expect to throw the ball a lot whether you want to or not,” Tagovailoa said.
Smith took eight catches for 136 yards, while Ruggs finished with 122 receiving yards for the Crimson Tide (3-0), who tallied 571 total yards, including 495 yards in the air.
Despite praising his team’s passing numbers, Alabama coach Nick Saban wants to see a more balanced offensive, after his teams rushed for just 76 yards on Saturday.
“It’s great that we’re a great passing team,” Saban said. “I also think from a team standpoint, we need to be able to run the ball well.”
Harris became the first Alabama running back in the last 20 seasons with multiple receiving touchdowns in a game, this according to ESPN Stats and Information.
The junior took five catches for 87 yards and also became the first SEC running back with multiple receiving touchdowns in a conference game since Alvin Kamara in Week 6, 2015.
Ryan Hilinski was 36 of 57 on completed passes for 324 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for South Carolina.
Rico Dowdle rushed for 102 yards, while Shi Smith had six catches for 90 yards and a touchdown for the Gamecocks (1-2).