The LSU Tigers have a new all-time leader for most passing touchdowns in a single season.
It’s Week 8, and we can say that. That puts into context what Joe Burrow has done this season, eh? Burrow threw for four touchdowns in the Tigers’ 36-13 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs to eclipse the single-season record of 28, which had previously been set by Jamarcus Russell and Matt Mauck.
The Tigers didn’t get off to the greatest of starts though. They were held to just three points in the first quarter for the third time this season. They only scored three against the Texas Longhorns and Northwestern State, but that obviously didn’t trip them up in those games. And it did not against the Bulldogs, either. After a rushing touchdown by Garrett Shrader shrunk LSU’s lead to just 9-7, the Tigers started to go to work.
Burrow found Racey McMath for a 60-yard touchdown on a coverage bust to push the lead up to 15-7. From there, it was off to the races. Ja’Marr Chase, Derrick Dillon and Justin Jefferson all would catch touchdown passes off the arm of Burrow, and the Tigers would lead 36-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
A touchdown pass from Shrader to Stephen Guidry with 59 seconds to go would push it to 36-13, but that was obviously too much too late for the Bulldogs to mount any sort of comeback.
State’s failings in this game came in their inability to stop the unstoppable offense of LSU, and also in the penalty department. They were penalized 13 times, racking up 109 yards in those penalties in the process. They also lost the turnover battle, committing three turnovers on the day to LSU’s none. Two interceptions came off the arm of Shrader, as JaCoby Stevens and Kristian Fulton came away with those picks. Michael Divinity Jr. would force a fumble on Mississippi State’s third drive, meanwhile.
Another sloppy effort from Mississippi State surely won’t look good for Joe Moorhead, who continues to drive his own good faith straight into the ground. While they were certainly overmatched, they just appear to be in free fall mode, with three straight losses and four in their last five games.
LSU, meanwhile, is rolling right along. Their performances continue to be strong and they certainly look like the top team in the nation, even if their ranking won’t suggest that. Next up, they’ll play in a Top 10 showdown with the Auburn Tigers, and then of course they’ll go to Tuscaloosa to play the Alabama Crimson Tide.