Welcome back to yet another edition of our 2019 Countdown to Kickoff series! With 54 days left until the official return of the Oklahoma Sooners, today’s a great day to reflect on Kyler Murray’s remarkable 2018 season as he accounted for an FBS-best 54 touchdowns.
Coming into the season, while most figured Murray would have a strong campaign, hardly anybody predicted he’d have the kind of statistical run that he went on. From the opener against FAU, his very first TD should have been an omen to all who bore witness to it that big things were on the horizon for this dual-sport dual-threat.
Kyler Murray finds Lee Morris who takes it 65 YARDS for the TD pic.twitter.com/OjHS6SpFaJ— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 1, 2018
Strangely enough, Murray’s biggest day in the end zone came when he was actually benched as punishment for showing up late to practice during the week. The upset-minded Baylor Bears might’ve thought they caught a bit of a break, but after one quick series with Austin Kendall (and a Bears muffed punt), that break was over, and K1 trotted onto the field. What happened next? Well, the scoring festivities began.
Kyler Murray tied a school record accounting for 7 total TD's in the #Sooners win over Baylor. Here's each of those, plus his other impressive plays from his Heisman worthy performance. @_CeeDeeThree @Primetime_jet @BeastLee80 @grcalcaterra pic.twitter.com/C3S1BhMIlx— Dylan Buckingham (@DylanBuckingham) September 30, 2018
In Oklahoma’s 66-33 win over Baylor, Murray threw for six passing touchdowns and ran one in himself. Those seven total TDs tied Baker Mayfield’s school record that he set against Texas Tech in 2016.
On the year, Kyler Murray recorded 42 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing touchdowns for a total of 54. Only Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins equaled him in 2018, but it took the Buckeyes’ QB 612 plays while Murray only needed 517. Historically, fellow Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford is the only other Sooner to ever account for more TDs in a single season after recording 55 in 2008. Still, the balance between K1’s arm and legs may never be matched again inside the walls of the Palace on the Prairie.
For your entertainment, here are all 54 of Kyler Murray’s touchdowns from the 2018 season. Enjoy.
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