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Tua goes 8-for-8 as No. 1 Alabama rolls

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    Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) catches a pass for a touchdown against Louisiana-Lafayette during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. >> Tua Tagovailoa played less than a half, but that was enough as the sophomore quarterback and the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide continue to steamroll opponents.

Tagovailoa, a Saint Louis School star and hero of last season’s national championship overtime win over Georgia, completed all eight of his passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns as the Tide (5-0) cruised to a 56-14 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette (1-3) today.

Tagovailoa played most of the first quarter and the latter part of the second quarter as the Tide built a 49-0 halftime lead. Tagovailoa also rushed twice for 12 yards against an overmatched opponent. So far this season, Tagovailoa has passed for 12 touchdowns, with no interceptions.

After Tagovailoa led Alabama on an eight-play, 72-yard touchdown drive on its opening possession, Alabama’s next two scores were the result of special teams play. A blocked punt set up Tagovailoa’s 13-yard scoring pass to Henry Ruggs III and a Jaylen Waddle’ 63-yard punt return for a score made it 21-0.

Alabama backup quarterback, Jalen Hurts, entered the game late in the first quarter. It was his fifth game of the season and he cannot redshirt this season. However, Hurts, 26-2 as a starter before being replaced by Tagovailoa, is reportedly on path to graduate and be eligible to play for another school as a graduate transfer.

Hurts was 4-for-6 for 118 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown to Ruggs.

Waddle, besides his punt return for a score, caught two scoring passes, including a 94-yarder from third-team quarterback Mac Jones in the third quarter.

Alabama has scored at least 45 points five games in a row for the first time in program history. The Tide also compiled 608 yards in total offense, going over the 500-yard mark in total offense for the fifth game in a row, also a school record.

It doesn’t get any harder for Alabama as the Tide travel to lowly Arkansas next week.

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