Burrow Sets Single-Season Records in Win at State
STARKVILLE, Miss. — In only seven games, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow broke two LSU single-season touchdown records, as the No. 2 Tigers defeated Mississippi State, 36-13.
LSU (7-0, 3-0 SEC) led 9-7 after Mississippi State (3-4, 1-3 SEC) scored a touchdown with 5:24 to play in the first half. However, Burrow connected with Racey McMath for a 60-yard touchdown strike on the next play from scrimmage, as LSU scored the next 27 points.
Burrow, a senior who is putting an onslaught on the LSU record book, was 25-of-32 for 327 yards with four touchdowns. Burrow, who tied Rohan Davey (1998-2001) with seven 300-yard passing games in his career, exited after one series in the fourth quarter, allowing Myles Brennan to finish the game.
With a 37-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Derrick Dillon in the third quarter, Burrow set LSU’s single-season record with his 30th touchdown responsible for (28 passing, 2 rushing). JaMarcus Russell (2006) and Matt Mauck (2003) held the record with 29.
And, Burrow wasn’t done.
Later in the third quarter, an 18-yard touchdown pass to Justin Jefferson was Burrow’s 29th of the season, breaking LSU’s single-season record also held by Russell and Mauck.
Jefferson led LSU with eight catches for 89 yards and a touchdowns, while Ja’Marr Chase added five catches for 48 yards and also scored. Tight end McMath was on the receiving end of a 60-yard touchdown and finished with three catches for 76 yards, while Thaddeus Moss had three catches for 48 yards.
Mississippi State’s Garrett Shrader led the Bulldogs with 238 yards on 17-of-28 passing with a fourth-quarter touchdown and two interceptions. His favorite target was Stephen Guidry, who had six receptions for 98 yards including a 24-yard score with 59 seconds to play. Sharder also ran for 66 yards on 19 attempts with a touchdown in the second quarter.
LSU plays host to Auburn (6-1, 3-1 SEC) on Saturday, Oct. 26, in 2:39 p.m. CT kickoff. The game will be televised by CBS and broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network beginning at 12:30 p.m.
LSU won the coin toss and deferred its decision until the second half. The Tigers kicked off and defended the south end zone in the opening quarter.
A 19-yard catch-and-run by Chase on third-and-7 moved the Tigers to the 23 where Edwards-Helaire picked up a pair of rushing first downs. However, the Tigers couldn’t punch it in with two passes to Chase and a rush by Edwards-Helaire, and LSU settled for a 20-yard Cade York field goal.
The Tigers led 3-0.
State used Shrader and Hill to rush for a pair of first downs and cross midfield, however, an offensive pass interference penalty on a busted gimmick play stymied the Bulldogs drive and forced a 34-yard punt that was downed at the LSU 11.
After a touch-pass to Jefferson for 11 and a run by Edwards-Helaire for 8 yards, the Tigers switched ends to start the second quarter. Edwards-Helaire then moved the chains with 17 yards on third-and-2. Consecutive passes of 24 and 22 yards to tight end Thaddeus Moss gave LSU first-and-goal at the 7, but once again they left with only a 23-yard field goal by York. Burrow’s passes to Chase and Derek Dillon were broken up by State safety C.J. Morgan.
LSU led 6-0 with 12:27 remaining in the half.
A 24-yard gain on a swing pass from Shrader to Gibson had the Bulldogs near midfield, but Dave Aranda dialed up the perfect blitz to force the game’s first turnover. Michael Divinity Jr. hit the Gibson just as received the handoff, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Rashard Lawrence at the State 44.
The Tigers took advantage of two personal fouls by the Bulldogs to get another goal-to-go opportunity. For the third time, the Tigers left with a 25-yard York field goal, as Burrow was sacked on first down.
LSU led 9-0 with 8:33 left in the half.
State responded with its first scoring drive of the afternoon, a 7-play, 75-yard drive that started with passes of 18 yards to Stephen Guirdy and 11 to Farrod Green. A dead-ball personal foul on LSU’s Stevens gave the Bulldogs a first down at the LSU 12, where Shrader eluded LSU linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson and ran for the touchdown.
Mississippi State trailed 9-7 with 5:24 remaining in the half.
It took Burrow and the Tigers only 10 seconds to answer the score, as the LSU quarterback found tight end Racey McMath behind the Bulldogs defense for a 60-yard touchdown. A 22-yard kickoff return by Edwards-Helaire and a face mask penalty allowed the Tigers to start the drive from the 40. York’s PAT was missed to the right.
LSU led 15-7 with 5:07 left in the half.
A one-handed interception by Stevens on the ensuing drive allowed LSU to start near midfield once again at its 45. The Tigers needed only five plays to convert its first red zone trip into a touchdown.
Following an 11-yard run by Burrow to the State 44, Burrow connected with Jefferson for 16 yards and Chase for 6 to the State 22. A 14-yard run by Edwards-Helaire setup Burrow’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Chase.
With 50 seconds left in the half, LSU led 22-7.
Each team came up with a sack – Cam Dantzler and Chauncey Rivers for State, Divinity for LSU – leading to consecutive three-and-out drives to start the second half.
Starting from his 34, Burrow connected with Chase who dragged defenders for an 18-yard gain to the State 37. On the next play, LSU’s signal caller tied the program’s single-season record with his 28th touchdown pass – a perfectly thrown 37-yard pass over the top to Dillon in the back of the end zone. The score was the 30th touchdown Burrow was responsible for in 2019, setting a single-season LSU record.
LSU took a 29-7 lead with 10:36 remaining in the third quarter and extended a program-best scoring streak to 39-consecutive quarters.
Burrow broke LSU’s single-season record for touchdown passes on the next drive, capping an 80-yard drive with an 18-yard TD pass to Jefferson.
With 5:36 remaining in the quarter, LSU extended its lead to 36-7.
Though LSU’s Kristian Fulton earned his first interception of the season, the Tigers offense was unable to take advantage of the turnover and punted into State end zone.
With 59 seconds to play, Mississippi State scored the only points of the final quarter with a 24-yard pass from Shrader to Stephen Guidry against the Tigers’ second string defense.
Attendance for the contest was 59,282.