LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow (9) during warm ups prior to kickoff against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Tiger Stadium.

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Is LSU's Joe Burrow setting the stage for one of the greatest seasons ever?

Burrow on pace to break several LSU records

Amos Morale III
September 09, 2019 - 12:52 pm
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Joe Burrow turned in an all-time performance Saturday night in LSU’s 45-38 win against the Texas Longhorns.

He threw for the second most yards in a game in school history (471) and had three receivers tally at least 100 yards for the first time as well. 

That game was just a week after he tied former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger’s school record of five passing touchdowns in a game where he essentially played a half.

The former Ohio State transfer is off to a hot start in his second season as the Tigers starter, but if he keeps at this pace he could be in line for one the greatest seasons in LSU’s history. 

He’s already put himself in the top five of multiple single-game categories in his two 2019 starts like when he became just the third quarterback in program history to throw for 400 yards in a game Saturday night in Austin.

Burrow is currently on pace to throw for nearly 4,500 yards (4,494) which would be roughly 1,100 more than Rohan Davey’s record 3,347 in 2001. He’s also averaging nearly 100 more yards than Davey’s record 278.9 yards per game that season.

Burrow is also in line for the most accurate season in LSU history, as he is currently completing 81.8 percent of his passes. If he stays near that he’ll not only have the most accurate season in LSU history, besting Ryan Perrilloux’s 68 percent in 2007, but could finish with the NCAA’s most accurate season ever. Former Texas Longhorn Colt McCoy finished the 2008 season completing 76.7 percent of his throws.

He’s also on pace nearly double the record for touchdown passes in a season (28) set by Jamarcus Russell and Matt Mauck who each finished with 28 in 2006 and 2003. At his current rate Burrow projects to throw 54 touchdown passes. That would tie Houston’s David Klingler, who tossed 54 scores in 1990, for the second most ever in a single season. 

If Burrow reaches that number he’ll also have thrown for the most touchdowns in ever by an LSU quarterback as he’d finish his career in Baton Rouge with 70 touchdown passes. Tommy Hudson is the Tigers’ current all-time leader 69.

Burrow’s play could also help put some of LSU’s receivers in the record books as well. Junior Justin Jefferson is currently on pace for 1,500 yards receiving and sophomore Ja’Marr Chase projects to rack up 1,008. Terrace Marshall Jr. could also finish with 1,000 yards as well. He’s currently on pace for 924.

LSU hasn’t had two 1,000-yard receivers since 2013 when current Cleveland Browns Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. each hit the mark. That was also the last time the Tigers had a 1,000-yard receiver.

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