Christion Jones, McCarron enjoy setting a Tide record

Christion Jones (22) and AJ McCarron (10) after Saturday’s touchdown as D.J. Fluker (76) is about to join the celebration. (AP photo by Dave Martin)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Christion Jones helped AJ McCarron make history, and he didn’t even know it.

It happened in the second quarter of Saturday’s 49-0 win over Western Carolina. Jones streaked down the sideline, wide open, and McCarron found him for a 29-yard touchdown pass. It gave McCarron 21 scoring passes for the season, which set an Alabama record. Greg McElroy set the old mark with 20 in 2010.

Jones didn’t find out about the meaning of the touchdown until he got to the sideline.

“Oh, yeah, he was very excited,” Jones said. “When you play this game, you don’t play for those things. But when those things happen that’s a very special moment.”

McCarron said an equipment manager saved the ball, and he gave it to his parents after the game.

“It’s pretty cool,” McCarron said. “Not so much for me, but it is for them just because they were born and raised Alabama fans and it’s every parent’s dream for their kid to play for the university and be quarterback and achieve something like that. It’s pretty special.”

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