Joe Burrow’s coming out party was a special one, as the LSU signal-caller turned in the best single-game performance of his career to beat No. 9 Texas and earn College Football Week 2 Eckrich GameDay MVP honors.
Completing 31-of-39 passes for 471 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the 45-38 win, Burrow earned a 91.1 overall grade and a 92.2 passing grade for his efforts. He also had five big-time throws, just one turnover-worthy play and finished the game with an absurd 87.5 adjusted completion percentage.
Burrow was truly at his best pushing the ball downfield. A whopping 75.9% of his passing yards came through the air – not after the catch – and he finished the contest with a sky-high 11.3 average depth of target. On passes of 10-plus air yards, he completed 18-of-23 passes for 384 yards, four touchdowns and five big-time throws on his way to a 94.4 passing grade on said throws.
Among the 109 FBS quarterbacks with at least 50 dropbacks so far this season, Burrow ranks first in passing grade (91.9), fourth in big-time throws (6) and second in adjusted completion percentage (88.1%) all while owning the fifth-highest average depth of target (11.2).
The Burrow hype is legitimate. He looks vastly improved compared to last season and should continue to impress in the Bayou on his way to a potential College Football Playoff berth.