After a historic and unprecedented performance against Florida that has catapulted Jayden Daniels at the top of the list for the Heisman Trophy race, a lot of eyes were focusing in on the LSU Tigers’ star quarterback to see what he can do this week, and boy, did he deliver as he was able to carry on that hot streak and then some against the Georgia State Panthers in a 56-14 victory.
As record breaking as his performance against Florida was last week, Daniels had another outing that was just as jaw dropping tying a SEC and LSU single game record eight total touchdowns. The Tigers’ dual threat quarterback tied another LSU quarterback legend in Joe Burrow for that record when he scored eight touchdowns in the 2019 College Football Semifinal Playoff victory over Oklahoma.
“I’m chasing to be great each and every week. I still have a long way to go. You can’t take games off because if you do you might get beat. You have to play up to that standard I set for myself and we set as a whole team because we’re still chasing something at the end of the day.”LSU QB Jayden Daniels
The Heisman frontrunner also put up some video game numbers while doing so by completing 25 of 30 passes for 413 yards and six touchdowns while also rushing for 96 yards and two more scores on the ground. When it was all said and done, he accounted for 509 total yards and eight total touchdowns.
“The way he is playing and the decisiveness in the way he is taking over games, he is the best player. I would say that because he tied Joe Burrow’s record and many people never thought that record would be touched. He tied that so at that level, I would say that he is the best.”LSU HC Brian Kelly on Jayden Daniels being the best player in college football
Along the way, Daniels also became the 11th FBS player to throw for 3,000 yards and run for over 1,000 yards in a season further helping his case for the Heisman Trophy.
Coming in the game, Daniels was hoping to get nine touchdowns and even tried to convince his head coach Brian Kelly to try and stay in the game but didn’t get the opportunity to try and finish the ballgame at the end.
“Everybody knew what was at stake. We just kept flowing. We had eight possessions and eight touchdowns. That is something that we take highly as an offense. Once I found out that I tied the record, I was trying to go in again, but I got shut down a little bit.”LSU QB Jayden Daniels on trying to go back in the game to break the record
Although he would have loved to set the record, tying the record certainly helps him in the Heisman conversation.
What got lost in the shuffle tonight was that LSU had three 100-yard receivers tonight in the trio of Malik Nabers, Brian Thomas Jr., and Kyren Lacy. It is the first time in LSU history that three different receivers went for over 100 yards and have all scored at least one touchdown.
“Without them I wouldn’t be able to do any of this. For them to catch the ball and be explosive after the catch, that’s something not too many people have in the country. Just the relationship and the bond we have on and off the field, it just translates to Saturdays.”LSU QB Jayden Daniels on his wide receivers
Nabers, who like Daniels, is competing for a major award in the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s top receiver, also padded to his resume with 8 catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Thomas had four catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, and Lacy had five catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
Finally, Mac Markway even got involved on the fun and had his first ever touchdown catch as a Tiger tonight.
Overall, the offense had 582 yards and scored on eight of their nine possessions with the ninth being the drive to run the clock out.
Despite the unstoppable nature of the Tigers’ offense, the game was close early on as Georgia State’s offense was right there with LSU’s offense and even tied the game at 14 a piece, but LSU’s defense settled in by pitching a shutout the rest of the way.
After giving up 179 yards and 14 points on Georgia State’s first three drives, LSU only gave 186 total yards and no points the rest of the way.
Going back to the offensive side of the football, Jayden Daniels played nearly a flawless game in the Tigers’ 56-14 victory by leading all eight of his drives to scoring drives. Having this type of efficient and eye-popping performance was just what he needs to stay with other top contenders like Bo Nix and Michael Penix Jr. for the Heisman Trophy.
“Clearly, we need to continue as an offense to give him the opportunity to show his skills. We are down to one more game left in the season and so, I think it is our job to continue to put a young man in a positive situation to show himself to everybody. There is an entertainment part to this as well and he is entertaining. I think this is a part of this. He is so entertaining that people want to see him play.”LSU HC Brian Kelly on being aggressive to show off Jayden Daniels’ skills
The LSU Tigers will improve to 8-3 while the Georgia State Panthers will fall to 6-5. The Tigers’ senior quarterback will get one more opportunity to impress the Heisman voters next week as LSU will close out the regular season at home against Texas A&M.
Offensive Cumulative Stats:
|NET TOTAL YARDS||365||582|
|NET RUSHING YARDS||148||169|
|Average Per Rush||4.8||7.3|
|NET PASSING YARDS||217||413|
|Avg Per Completion||8.3||16.5|
|TOTAL 1ST DOWNS||17||26|
|Rushing 1st Downs||6||9|
|Passing 1st Downs||10||15|
|Penalty 1st Downs||1||2|
Offense Efficiency Comparison
|RED ZONE ATTEMPTS||1-2||5-5|
|Red Zone Points||7||35|
|RZ TDs Rush-Pass||0-1||2-3|
|RZ FG Made-Att||0-0||0-0|
|Pts Off Turns||0||0|
Special Teams Comparison
|Tackles for Loss||1||8|
Georgia St. Passing:
Georgia St. Receiving:
Georgia St. Rushing:
Georgia St. Punting:
Georgia St. Field Goals:
|TOTAL||0-0||LONG OF 0|
Georgia St. All Purpose Yards:
Georgia St. Defense:
|0||Williams Jr.,Ricard (DL)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|18||Simmons II,PJ (LB)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Georgia St. Punt Returns:
Georgia St. Kick Returns
Georgia St. Team Stats By Quarter
Georgia St. Scoring Summary:
|1||11:53||TD||PASS||Williams,Tailique 6 yd reception thrown by Grainger,Darren||8/75/03:07||0-7|
|2||12:45||TD||RUSH||Carroll,Marcus 44 yd rush||5/79/02:22||14-14|
LSU Field Goals:
|TOTAL||0-0||LONG OF 0|
LSU All Purpose Yards:
|30||Penn III,Greg (LB)||7||2||0||0.5||0||0||0||0|
|4||Perkins Jr.,Harold (LB)||6||3||0||1.5||0||0||0||0|
LSU Punt Returns:
LSU Kick Returns
LSU Team Stats By Quarter
LSU Scoring Summary:
|1||09:20||TD||PASS||Nabers,Malik 18 yd reception thrown by Daniels,Jayden||7/75/02:33||7-7|
|1||00:07||TD||RUSH||Daniels,Jayden 14 yd rush||9/53/03:57||14-7|
|2||10:00||TD||PASS||Lacy,Kyren 27 yd reception thrown by Daniels,Jayden||7/80/02:45||21-14|
|2||02:26||TD||PASS||Thomas Jr.,Brian 70 yd reception thrown by Daniels,Jayden||1/70/00:10||28-14|
|2||00:23||TD||PASS||Lacy,Kyren 13 yd reception thrown by Daniels,Jayden||3/60/00:40||35-14|
|3||11:00||TD||PASS||Markway,Mac 3 yd reception thrown by Daniels,Jayden||8/70/03:52||42-14|
|4||14:44||TD||RUSH||Daniels,Jayden 1 yd rush||8/63/04:36||49-14|
|4||08:59||TD||PASS||Nabers,Malik 40 yd reception thrown by Daniels,Jayden||5/82/02:04||56-14|
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