LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is going to win the Heisman Trophy. I say that with conviction because no other player is really close. The redshirt senior broke SEC records for passing yards and touchdown passes in a single season. His lowest-rated game was a 321-yard performance against Auburn when he completed 76.2 percent of his passes. If you needed a Heisman Moment, Burrow gave fans several of them, so good luck picking out your favorite.
As the Southeastern Conference Championship came and went on Saturday night in Atlanta, Burrow was sensational once again. He torched a Georgia Bulldogs defense ranked near the top of college football to the tune of 406 total yards and four touchdown passes, but two plays in particular stood out above the rest.
The first one might as well be Burrow's Heisman Moment. Up 20-3 in the third quarter of the SEC title game, LSU's quarterback felt pressure, wheeled and dealed like the veteran he is, then launched a strike to Justin Jefferson 40 yards downfield.
Earlier in the game, Burrow pulled off one of the rarest feats for any quarterback: he caught his own pass.
On 1st-and-10 early in the first quarter, Burrow's pass was batted at the line of scrimmage. It didn't matter, though, as the ball found No. 9 and the Heisman front-runner did the rest. Not only did he catch the football, he carried that 16-yard pass for an LSU first down.
LSU's Joe Burrow Passes to Himself
Unsurprisingly, I suppose, this wasn't even the first time Burrow threw a pass to himself.
During his record-setting days at Athens High School in Ohio, Burrow caught a pass near the goal line and walked into the end zone as he casually tossed the ball to the referee. Just another day for Joey Burreaux.
Joe Burrow Throws TD Pass to Himself
Burrow, head coach Ed Orgeron and the LSU Tigers have a College Football Playoff date against fellow Heisman candidate Jalen Hurts and the Oklahoma Sooners on December 28 in the Peach Bowl. Until then, Burrow and his teammates are going to collect a lot of hardware after an undefeated season and SEC Championship Game victory filled with moments the people of Baton Rouge, Louisiana will never forget.
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