October 1, 2020

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Burrow Continues to Rewrite Record Books

With the National Championship looming right around the corner. Let’s take a minute to go back and look at how LSU got here. Led by their senior transfer quarterback, Joe Burrow, was adopted by the fans and culture of Louisiana alike. Even going so far as to change his name plate spelling to “Burreaux” to run out of the tunnel on Senior Night against Texas A&M.

“Don’t be surprised when we score 40, 50, or 60 points on teams this year.” – Joe Burrow

By the numbers:

Week 1

Georgia Southern vs LSU

Georgia Southern came into the matchup with a 10-3 record from the 2018 season, and a top 25 scoring defense. Many questions about the revamped passing attacked were about to be answered. Joe Burrow would tie the single game passing touchdown record with five touchdowns. Not a bad start, but many would say ‘it’s Georgia Southern, let’s see them do that against a real defense.’ Completed 85.2 percent of his passes. Burrow named SEC POTW

Final Score: Georgia Southern 3 – LSU 55

Week 2

LSU vs Texas in Austin

The No. 6 Tigers travelled to Austin to take on, at the time, the No. 9 Longhorns, in a very hostile Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. After seeing Texas fire a cannon through his jersey on College Game Day, Burrow was asked about that. His response “I wasn’t really ticked off,” he said. “I just thought it was super weird. I wanted to go out and hang 400 on them after that.” 471 yards and four touchdowns to be exact. Both jumped him up on the single game record holder spots for LSU. Not to mention the now famous 3rd and 17 play to seal the victory for LSU. Burrow named SEC POTW (2)

Final Score: LSU 45 – Texas 38

Week 4

LSU vs Vanderbilt

It is said that “Tiger fans don’t travel they take over!” Well that statement held true when fans drank a local Nashville bar dry before 9am and Vanderbilt Stadium dry before the end of the second quarter. The beer delivery men did apparently receive an ovation on arrival from LSU fans. Not sure if that is a record but it sounds like it should be. When asked about it post-game Commodores Head Coach Derek Mason said “this is Nashville, no stadium should run out of beer.” Joe Burrow would also have another record setting performance with six passing touchdowns and 398 passing yards. Throwing for over 1500 yards and 17 touchdowns through the first four games of the season. Burrow named SEC POTW (3)

Final Score: Vanderbilt 38 – LSU 66

Week 6

Utah St. vs LSU

Utah St. came in as one of the fastest offenses in college football, averaging 15 seconds from the end of one play to the start of the next. Led by pre-season Heisman candidate Jordan Love, many thought the fast pace of the Aggies offense would overwhelm the Tigers defense. The defense locked Love down, and forced three interceptions. Burrow completed 27 of 38 for 344 yards and tied another passing record with five touchdowns in a single game.

Final Score: Utah St. 6 – LSU 42

Week 7

UF vs LSU

Florida came in as one of the top ranked defense in the country. People outside of Louisiana had doubts about what the LSU offense could do against a “legit defense” against Florida, the Tigers proved most of their detractors wrong. Burrow completed 87.5 percent of his passes going 21 of 24, 293 yards and three touchdowns. Burrow named SEC POTW (4)

Final Score:  UF 28 – LSU 42

Week 8

LSU vs Miss St.

LSU comes into the contest with one of the best offenses in the country. After a dominant performance against Florida Joe Burrow has passed for over 2100 yards and 25 touchdowns on the season through just six games. Leading the SEC in touchdown passes, and setting the record books for LSU ablaze.

Final Score: LSU 36 – Miss St. 13

Week 11

LSU vs Alabama

The Tigers traveled to Tuscaloosa to take on the Tide. The Tide had not lost in Bryant-Denny since the 2015 season. A 31 home game winning streak, and Alabama school record. The Tigers went into Bryant-Denny this year and ended that streak. Joe Burrow threw for 393 yards and three touchdowns against the Tide, which landed him as the ninth all time on the single game passer list for LSU. Burrow named SEC POTW (5)

Final Score: LSU 46 – Bama 41

Week 12

LSU vs Mississippi

Fresh off their win against Alabama, many thought that there could be a potential let-down against the Rebels. The Tigers offense came out on fire. Joe Burrow threw for 489 yards and five touchdowns on the day. At that time, putting him at No. 2 in the record books for single game passing yards.

Final Score: Mississippi 37 – LSU 58

Week 15 SEC Championship

UGA vs LSU

LSU faced off against the best defense in the country. Allowing just over 10 points a game. Again, it was how would LSU ever score against such a potent defense? The two teams met in Atlanta for the SEC Championship, and the Tigers absolutely mauled the Bulldogs. Burrow tossed four touchdowns in the rout of Georgia, nearly quadrupling their total defensive output for the season.

Final Score: UGA 10 – LSU 37

Burrow Wins the Walter Camp Award Player of the Year Award:

The award is voted on by coaches in the FBS, as well as sports information directors. Burrow was the first player from LSU to win the prestigious award.

Burrow Wins the Davey O’Brien Award:

The award for best quarterback in college football

Burrow Wins the Maxwell Award:

The award for the Collegiate Football Player of the Year

Burrow sets SEC passing records

Joe Burrow has led his team to a 13-0 record, throwing for 4,715 yards and 48 touchdowns. Both are LSU and SEC records. He has completed nearly 78 percent of his passes.

Joe Burrow Wins the Heisman in landslide fashion

Joe Burrow won the highest with highest percentage of first place votes won (90.7), most points as a percentage of possible points (93.8), most ballots named as percentage of total ballots (95.5) and had the largest margin of victory (1,846)

Burrow was the second Heisman trophy winner in LSU history, sixty years after the historic win of LSU halfback Billy Cannon.

Because of his Heisman speech, the local food pantry in Athens, OH has received nearly one million dollars in donations from LSU fans around the country.

College Football Playoffs:

OU vs LSU

Leading up to the playoffs, the Tigers were told that their defense would not be able to hold up to the offense of Oklahoma. That the Sooners defense was much better than people gave it credit for. How did the Tigers respond?

Joe Burrow:

Most TDs responsible for in a College Football Playoff game (8)

Most passing TDs in a College Football Playoff game (7)

An LSU school-record for most passing TDs in a game (7)

Tied the FBS record for most passing TDs in a half (7)

Tied the record for most passing TDs in a bowl game. (7)

Most individual touchdowns all-time in an SEC game. (8)

Most pass yards in a half (403)

Passing Yards LSU (493)

Most receiving TDs in a College Football Playoff game. (4)

Most receiving yardage in a College Football Playoff game (227)

Points in a College Football Playoff half (49)

Points in a Game (63)

Team Total Yards (692)

Final Score: OU 28 – LSU 63