AJ McCarron’s recent promotion brought negative attention to Alabama’s quarterback pedigree, but the two-time national champion was able to end a significant Crimson Tide drought on Sunday.
The Bengals’ win over the San Francisco 49ers marked the first time a former Alabama quarterback won an NFL game since Jeff Rutledge in 1987.
Now, the attention turns to a group of seven “Power 5” schools that have not achieved such a feat in at least 28 years.
Here’s the list, which includes one SEC school’s 38-year drought (WSJ.com‘s Andrew Beaton):
- Wake Forest, 11/14/76 (Norm Snead)
- Kansas, 11/20/77 (Bobby Douglass)
- Mississippi State, 11/20/77 (Joe Reed)
- Northwestern, 12/10/1978 (Randy Dean)
- Nebraska, 10/4/1987 (Bruce Mathison)
- Minnesota, 10/11/1987 (Mike Hohensee)
- Georgia Tech, 10/11/1987 (Mike Kelley)