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Alabama QB AJ McCarron Breaks Ken Stabler's 47-Year-Old Record

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 05:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass against the Georgia State Panthers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Randy ChambersAnalyst IOctober 5, 2013

AJ McCarron was almost perfect in Alabama's 45-3 win against Georgia State, to the point that he broke a record that seemed nearly impossible to break. But now, it looks like McCarron's record will be one that will stand the test of time.

The senior quarterback completed 93.8 percent of his passes on Saturday, which broke a school record of 84.2 percent (minimum 15 pass attempts) that was set by Ken Stabler in 1966, according to Michael Casagrande of

That's how you respond to your critics.

Some folks are sure to criticize and bring up the lack of competition in Georgia State. But McCarron still completed 15 of his 16 pass attempts! That's good against top-tier defenses, a Sun Belt defense or no defense at all. Seriously, go outside and toss the pigskin around with your buddies. You're sure to overthrow your friends at some point.

What's even more impressive is that McCarron completed his first 12 pass attempts, which was good for third best in Alabama history.

Say what you will, but this type of efficiency doesn't take place every day. Shoot, we see quarterbacks miss wide-open receivers all the time.

McCarron did a nice job of taking what the defense gave him, putting the ball right on the numbers and letting his teammates do the rest. What should also be mentioned is that his only incompletion of the game was actually a dropped pass by freshman tight end O.J. Howard.

If Howard had been able to hold onto the football, McCarron would have completed a remarkable 100 percent of his passes. That would have been the unbreakable record for an Alabama quarterback.


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