Daniels responsible for 8 touchdowns, builds Heisman resume’ in LSU win over Georgia State
There is simply nothing else Jayden Daniels can do, at this point.
Daniels has one game left, a tough SEC home game against Texas A&M, to display his vast talents in his attempt to convince enough voters to give him the Heisman Trophy.
Certainly, Bo Nix of Oregon made a strong case Saturday.
Nix threw for 406 yards and six touchdowns in a 49-13 win over Arizona.
Michael Penix Jr. of Washington did not impress in a 22-20 win over Oregon State, though the Huskies remained unbeaten with a tough road win in the rain. Penix completed just 13-of-28 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 3 times for 22 yards and a score.
No one has made a stronger case than Daniels.
That was on full display again Saturday night at Tiger Stadium as Daniels accounted for eight touchdowns in a 56-14 blowout win over Georgia State.
The eight touchdowns tied an LSU record set by Joe Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy in the 2019 season, leading LSU to an unbeaten season and a national championship.
Joe Burrow accounted for eight touchdowns in a national playoff semifinal against Oklahoma in 2019.
Daniels completed 25-of-30 passes (83%) for 413 yards and six touchdowns. He added 10 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
Yes, it came against an outmanned opponent but that does not diminish what Daniels accomplished.
The LSU defense struggled in the first half while the LSU offense had a few too many penalties.
Still, the offense scored on every possession with Daniels in the game.
The defense picked it up and played well in the second half, pitching a shutout.
LSU (8-3) looks to extract revenge against the Aggies next week. Texas A&M whipped LSU 38-23 in College Station, ending any hope of the Tigers reaching the playoffs.
Former LSU quarterback Max Johnson returns to Baton Rouge to face his former team.
Jimbo Fisher, whom LSU wanted to hire at least once, if not twice, is no longer the coach at Texas A&M.
Ed Orgeron, whom LSU hired instead of Fisher, is no longer the coach at LSU.
The Aggies are paying a record buyout to get rid of Fisher, who is laughing all the way to the bank.
Now, LSU looks to have the latest laugh.
As for Daniels, it was no laughing matter to watch him play well into the fourth quarter.
He deserved the opportunity.
Brian Kelly was not rubbing it in on Georgia State.
He was simply paying homage to his brilliant, classy quarterback, giving him every opportunity to make his case for the trophy.
Whether or not Daniels eventually wins it, he has made his case very well.
The jury has one more chapter to judge before rendering a verdict.
Daniels has prosecuted his case in nearly perfect fashion. The defense had no chance tonight.
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