Forget about a Heisman jinx.
Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy earlier this month in the most lopsided vote in history, threw seven more touchdowns — all of them in the first half — and ran for another score in the No. 1 Tigers’ 63-28 rout of the No. 4 Sooners.
The unbeaten Tigers advanced to the CFP National Championship Presented by AT&T (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) on Jan. 13 in New Orleans, where they will play the winner of Saturday night’s other CFP semifinal between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
Burrow completed 29 of 39 passes for 493 yards before he was replaced by backup Myles Brennan with about 9½ minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
“We go into every game saying that we’re going to throw the ball,” Burrow said. “That’s just who we are. We got a great offensive line that gives me time back there and I think you’ve seen our receivers. They’re pretty good.”
Burrow’s seven touchdown passes were the most in a half of a bowl game by any player in FBS history and tied for the most in a bowl game. Central Michigan’s Cooper Rush had seven against Western Kentucky in the 2014 Bahamas Bowl. His eight total touchdowns were the most ever in a bowl game and the most in a game in SEC history.
Burrow had more touchdowns than incompletions in the first half against the Sooners, throwing for 403 yards on 21-for-27 passing.
Burrow and Tigers receiver Justin Jefferson hooked up for four touchdowns in the first half, covering 19, 35, 42 and 30 yards. Jefferson’s four touchdown catches were the most by a player in a Peach Bowl, a New Year’s Six game and a CFP semifinal. His 18 receiving touchdowns are tied for the most in a season in SEC history.
“It was a lot of fun,” Burrow said of his performance. “This was expected from us. We expected to be here from the jump and you know we’ve worked so hard for this moment we just gotta finish it off.”
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SOURCE: ESPN, Mark Schlabach