It has been a season of recognition and records in constant growth for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, and now the best season for a university interlocutor with record performance in the National University Soccer Playoff Championship 2020 has been completed. In a victory by 42-25 on No. 3 Clemson on Monday night, the winner of the Heisman Trophy continued to set new records and encourage the historically good LSU offense with 463 yards and six total touchdowns (five passes). He also added 58 yards on the ground and was named the game’s offensive MVP.
Burrow now holds the FBS record of a season for most touchdown passes with 60, breaking the record of 58 that former Hawaiian quarterback Colt Brennan had in 2006. To put Burrow’s ridiculous numbers into context, threw an average of four (yes, FOUR) touchdowns per game: one per quarter. Burrow also holds the record for most responsible touchdowns in a season with 65.
Burrow broke the records when he hit tight end Thaddeus Moss for a 4-yard score to take the LSU lead to 34-25 before the extra point. That gave Burrow four pass scores at night and a total of five scored in the most important game of the season.
Burrow will also end the season with the following records:
- All-time passer rating: entered Monday at 204.6, and at number 1, and will stay ahead of Tua Tagovailoa (199.4)
- Total touchdowns in a national title game * (6)
- Total yards combined in the game by the national title * (521) | Clemson’s QB Deshaun Watson held the previous record with 478
* In the BCS / CFP era
In addition, LSU holds the FBS record for most points in a season (726), passing the state of Florida 2013.
Burrow ends the year with a 5,671-yard pass, tying him with former Houston quarterback Case Keenum for third place of all time in one season. However, in a cruel twist, his performance of 31 of 49 on Monday cost him the record of completion percentage in one season. He entered the game on Monday at 77.6, but saw him fall to 76.3. (In defense of Burrow, open LSU receivers generally had some costly declines.) Former Texas QB Colt McCoy still holds the record at 76.7.
That is annoying. Burrow’s 14 touchdowns in his postseason career were more than Big Ten (13) or Pac-12 (11) have produced in the history of the playoffs, according to ESPN.
However, his record year was not just about him. 60 Burrow touchdown passes were more that the grand total of LSU as a 2014-17 program when the Tigers accumulated 59 touchdowns on the air.
The numbers are impressive, but perhaps Burrow’s greatest attribute, and this season’s LSU, really, has been his ability to overcome each and every one of the blows directed in his direction. Clemson’s 17-7 lead in the second quarter was the first double-digit LSU deficit of the season. After a slow start, Burrow began to hit approximately 10 minutes into the second quarter. Clemson entered the game with a tremendous plan to confuse Burrow and penetrate the pass protection of LSU, especially in empty sets. Using more defensive backs and giving the Swiss army knife linebacker Isaiah Simmons a free range to do all kinds of crazy and athletic things, Clemson put a lot of pressure on Burrow while maintaining close field coverage.
But like all other games this season, LSU finally found its rhythm. Burrow’s ability to throw soccer balls in a bucket across the field has not been parallel this year, evident from his two touchdown passes in the first half to wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.
In a way, it’s good that Burrow’s career has come to an end because there are no more words to describe the rare 2019 campaign he compiled and what it has meant for the Tigers program in general. You don’t need the passage of time to know that the 2019 Burrow season is special.
To be frank but precise, Burrow on Monday night completed the best individual effort of a college football quarterback in the 150 years that the sport has existed.