TUSCALOOSA, AL — It took eight years, a new pro-style offense and a transfer quarterback from up north to do it, but former Ohio State backup and current LSU Tigers star quarterback Joe Burrow beat Alabama, cementing both the 2019 Heisman Trophy and permanent BMF status in Cajun country.
Burrow, a redshirt junior from Athens, OH, went 31 of 39 and passed for 393 yards and three touchdowns in LSU’s 46-41 win in Tuscaloosa. In what can be termed an instant classic and “The Game of the New Century”, LSU-Bama Part IX not only lived up to the hype, but exceeded it, and Burrow was the unquestioned star of the show.
With a record crowd of over 102,000 that included President Donald Trump on hand, Burrow seized the moment in outlasting fellow Heisman Trophy hopeful in Crimson Tide QB Tua Tagovailoa, who valiantly gutted it out two weeks after undergoing ankle surgery to the tune of 418 yards and four touchdowns, in front of a Who’s Who of sports stars and celebrities in attendance.
Make no mistake, this game had it all, and Burrow played like a man on a mission in looking like the projected No.1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft as he dissected Alabama’s normally solid defense like he was a grad biology student cutting open a dead frog in class.
And on that Saturday evening, Alabama happened to be that frog. Ribbit!
Looking calm, cool and collected, Burrow our out some quality tape for NFL teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins I’m showing leadership, ability to improvise, throw on the run and from the pocket.
They say that what a difference a year makes, consider that last year during a 29-0 loss in Baton Rouge, Burrow only had 184 yards passing for the whole game. He surpassed that in the first half.
Also consider that since LSU head coach Ed Orgeron decided to finally move his beloved home state Tigers from their old-school Neanderthal run-and play defense into a modern-day pro style offense that has the Bayou Bengals looking like the college version of the New Orleans Saints look at how Joe Burrow has evolved from 2018 to the present.
- Thru 9 games in 2018, Joe Burrow’s stats were: 1,728 passing yards, 6 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and a completion percentage of 53.7
- Thru 9 games in 2019, Joe Burrow’s stats are: 3,198 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and a completion percentage of 78.9
With a total QBR of 97.3, it was the second-best vs Alabama and his 393 passing yards was the most vs. the Crimson Tide since current Houston Texans QB–and former Clemson star–Deshaun Watson. When–not if–Burrow becomes the second Heisman Trophy winner in LSU history–the first since RB Billy Cannon won it in 1959–and is made the top pick in April, he better make sure to gift former New Orleans Saints offensive assistant and current Tigers passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach, Joe Brady a Rolex for helping take his game to the next level and having him look like a taller big-armed version of Drew Brees.
Right now, the Heisman is Burrow’s to lose and with the indefinite suspension of Buckeyes DE Chase Young, and the uncertainty of Tagovailoa long-term health, Burrow not only beat the Tide, but delivered the Great State of Louisiana a victory that will forever be remembered deep down in the bayou.