Joe Burrow breaks single-season passing TD record with throw to Thaddeus Moss

Nick Bromberg
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, right, celebrates with wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. after scoring against Clemson during the first half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow threw three TDs and ran for one in the first half against Clemson. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Joe Burrow is now the single-season record holder for most passing touchdowns.

Burrow tied former Hawaii QB Colt Brennan at 58 TD passes with 10 seconds to go before halftime of the national championship game against Clemson when he hit TE Thaddeus Moss for a six-yard touchdown. He then broke the record with another TD pass to Moss — this one for four yards — with just over five minutes left in the third quarter to extend LSU’s lead to 35-25. He added another in the fourth quarter to make 60 the new standard as LSU won 42-35.

The throw was Burrow’s fourth TD pass of the game — and he had the other three in the first half alone. That’s a fantastic output but also four TDs short of the seven he threw in the first half against Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl. You can only have a seven-TD half once in a season, apparently.

Burrow’s first two TDs in the title game went to WR Ja’Marr Chase. The Biletnikoff winner had six catches for 162 yards in the first 30 minutes as Clemson has struggled to cover him one-on-one.

Burrow ended up paying for the record-tying throw to Moss earlier in the game, taking a big hit from Clemson’s James Skalski while completing the pass.

Joe Burrow's 58th TD of the season. (via ESPN)
Joe Burrow's 58th TD of the season. (via ESPN)

Brennan set his record in 14 games; Burrow played his 15th of the season on Monday night. But Brennan also threw 559 passes in 2006 when he set the record. Burrow’s 58th TD of the 2019-20 season came on his 508th pass. His 59th came only eight passes later and he’d finish the night with five passing TDs to ring the season total up to 60.

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