Joe Burrow threw five touchdown passes, ran for another score and culminated one of the best seasons in the history of college football by leading the No. 1 LSU to a 42-25 victory against No. 3 Clemson on Monday night for Win the national championship.
The boy from a small town in Ohio turned into a legend of Louisiana gave the Tigers (15-0) their first national title since 2007 and the fourth overall, breaking some more records on the road in what was already a historic season. The five TD passes and the 463-yard passes are the most for a BCS or College Football Playoff title game as well as its six total touchdowns.
He became the first major university quarterback to throw 60 touchdown passes in a season when LSU broke the 29-game winning streak of national champion Clemson. For the first time in his university career, Clemson’s star quarterback Trevor Lawrence was on the losing team. The Tigers (14-1) had won their first 25 starts.
But that night, Lawrence (18 for 37 for 234 yards) was no match for Burrow: the state of Ohio was transferred and threw 16 touchdown passes last season with LSU.
His rise has been dizzying and unprecedented. By executing a version of the New Orleans Saints offense that was brought to LSU by 30-year-old assistant coach Joe Brady, Burrow and a variety of talented receivers transformed these Tigers into one of the most prolific offenses university football has ever viewed.
It was Coach Ed Orgeron’s vision for LSU when he was promoted from interim coach in 2016. There was a lot of skepticism when LSU agreed to Cajun that he had failed in his first attempt as head coach with Mississippi.
Orgeron has proven to be the perfect fit. Like Burrow.
After throwing his fifth touchdown pass of the night, a jumped ball perfectly placed at Terrace Marshall Jr. from 24 yards to be 42-25 with 12:08 remaining in the room, Burrow pointed to TD and went to the bench.
The Superdome is the LSU dome away from home, about 80 miles from the Baton Rouge Tigers campus, and it was rocking.
The LSU band released their unofficial anthem, “Neck,” and when the Tigers bounced and waved the towels on the bench, Burrow simply sat on the bench, shaking his head and waving an arm.
Cool Joe. Just doing his thing. Next stop: the NFL draft, where it will probably be the first team in April.