Burrow, Tracy Earn SEC Player of the Week Honors

by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
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Burrow, Tracy Earn SEC Player of the Week Honors

BATON ROUGE – LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and placekicker Cole Tracy have been named Southeastern Conference Players of the Week for their performance in the Tigers’ 22-21 win over seventh-ranked Auburn on Saturday.

Burrow was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, while Tracy picked up SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. The SEC award is the second of the year for Tracy, who was also honored following LSU’s season-opening victory over Miami. The award is the first for Burrow as LSU’s quarterback.

Against Auburn on Saturday, in just his third career start, Burrow engineered an 11-point second half comeback as the Tigers overcame a 21-10 third quarter deficit to win at Jordan-Hare for just the second time since 2008.

After a Tracy field goal pulled LSU to within 21-13, Burrow got the Tigers to within 21-19 with a 71-yard TD pass to Derrick Dillon with 8:18 left in game. He then drove the Tigers 52 yards on 14 plays, which included two third-down conversions and one fourth-down conversion, to setup Tracy’s game-winning 42-yard field goal as time expired.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p lang=”de” dir=”ltr”>ICE COLD IN AUBURN! <a href=”https://t.co/6HmQOshdQJ”>pic.twitter.com/6HmQOshdQJ</a></p>— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) <a href=”https://twitter.com/LSUfootball/status/1041116274150002689?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>September 16, 2018</a></blockquote>
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For the game, Burrow completed 15-of-34 passes for a career-best 249 yards and a TD. He also rushed for 22 yards as he improved his record to 3-0 as LSU’s starting quarterback.

Tracy, a graduate transfer from Assumption College, drilled the game-winning 42-yard field goal as time expired to secure the win for the Tigers. It was Tracy’s third field goal of the day as he also converted kicks of 33 and 27 yards.

Tracy, who ranks first among all active collegiate kickers with 76 career field goals, is thought to be the first LSU kicker to have a “walk-off” field goal to win a game in regulation for the Tigers since Oct. 25, 1941 vs. Florida.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>They'll be talking about this one for a long time… <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ForeverLSU?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ForeverLSU</a> <a href=”https://t.co/fFnOOs02YK”>pic.twitter.com/fFnOOs02YK</a></p>— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) <a href=”https://twitter.com/LSUfootball/status/1041491050475466752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>September 17, 2018</a></blockquote>
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