LSU QB Joe Burrow continues to add to his highlight reel for his Heisman candidacy this season.
Burrow had been elusive all day long against Georgia in the SEC championship game, but what may turn out to be his Heisman moment came in the third quarter when he escaped what looked like a certain loss to throw a 71-yard pass that broke the game completely open.
With Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker bearing down on him for a sack that would have dropped LSU for more than a 10-yard loss, Burrow somehow eluded him — not once, but twice — and escaped to roll out to his right towards the sideline. Burrow, then on the run, threw a bomb on the money to receiver Justin Jefferson that went for a huge 71-yard pick-up.
The play was a back-breaker for Georgia, as it set up a four-yard TD pass from Burrow to Terrace Marshall Jr. to extend the Tigers’ lead to 27-3 in the third quarter.
Burrow would end up throwing for 349 yards and four touchdowns in LSU’s 37-10 win and was named the MVP of the SEC Championship game.
Oh, did we mention that Georgia came into the game with the No. 4-ranked defense?
All in a day’s work for the Heisman favorite.
Joe Burrow Sets SEC’s Single-Season Record For TD Passes
Burrow’s 23-yard touchdown strike in the first quarter on Saturday during the SEC championship game was a historic one.
The TD pass to Ja’Marr Chase that gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead was Burrow’s 45th on the season, which set an SEC single-season record.
Burrow eclipsed the previous record of 44 that was set by former Missouri QB Drew Lock in 2017.
Burrow is all but a Lock for Heisman Trophy
Joe Burrow’s record-breaking season has catapulted him into the driver’s seat to take home the Heisman Trophy award next Saturday night in New York.
Burrow came into the weekend as an overwhelming favorite to win the honor, listed at a massive -2500 according to Odds Shark as of Dec. 3.
It’s been a meteoric rise to stardom for the senior QB who began the season with 40-1 odds of winning the Heisman, which was 11th-best, per William Hill.
LSU Dominates Georgia, 37-10, Wins SEC Championship
LSU will be riding a wave of momentum as they head into the College Football Playoff at the end of December.
The Tigers cemented their spot in the final four with a 37-10 rout of No. 4 Georgia in the SEC Championship game on Saturday.
LSU improved to 13-0 on the season, finishing 8-0 in the SEC, and have presented their case to be the No. 1 overall seed going into the Playoff.
The Tigers went an impressive 5-0 against top 5 teams this season, beating Texas, Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Georgia.
The final unveiling of the College Football Playoff rankings will be held at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday and can be seen on ESPN.