8 SEC records that will never be broken
Records were made to be broken.
Some are barely a month old. Others predate Nick Saban’s arrival at Alabama.
New or old, they share this in common: Nobody is touching these 8 SEC records.
8. Career TD passes
Aaron Murray holds the record with 121. That’s 30 a year, which seems doable until you remember the 3-and-done era we’re in.
QBs who are talented enough to throw 30 TD passes as freshmen seldom stick around for their senior season.
Drew Lock played 4 years — and finished with 99.
Tua Tagovailoa played parts of 3 seasons — and finished with 87. Had he returned, he would have had a legitimate shot of owning the record.
7. Career interceptions
This is one of my favorite records.
Zeke Bratkowski threw 68 interceptions (in 734 career attempts) as Georgia’s QB from 1951-1953.
Here’s the thing: He was good, too. He led the SEC in passing yards twice. Essentially, he was all those Georgia teams had.
Bratkowski spent 14 seasons in the NFL — where he threw 122 career interceptions. He spent part of his career as Bart Starr’s backup in Green Bay and helped the Packers win 3 consecutive NFL titles.
Decades later, he worked with Tim Tebow. Who said Gators and Dawgs couldn’t get along?
6. Consecutive victories over another SEC opponent
Florida beat Kentucky 31 consecutive times. The streak ended in 2018.
Alabama has several active 10+ game winning streaks against SEC schools, but its longest is 13 against Tennessee. No way the Tide add another 14, right?
5. Consecutive SEC victories
Alabama holds the record at 27. The streak started in 1976 and ended in 1980. It was peak Bear Bryant.
There’s simply too much parity for anybody to put together at least 3 consecutive 8-0 conference seasons.
4. Career rushing yards
Herschel Walker set the record, leaving Georgia with 5,259 yards.
He remains the only SEC running back to top 5,000 career rushing yards.
The huge number aside, reduced workload, shared carries, greater emphasis on throwing and saving their knees for the NFL all are contributing factors as to why Walker’s record will never be touched.
3. Rushing yards in a season
When Walker set the SEC rushing record with 1,891 yards in 1981, nobody thought that record would fall, either.
It lasted for more than 3 decades.
In 2015, Derrick Henry and Leonard Fournette surpassed it.
Henry became the 1st SEC back in history to top 2,000 yards. He finished with a record 2,219. (Fournette just missed, ending with 1,953 — in 3 fewer games and 95 fewer carries than Henry.)
2. Passing yards in a season
Tim Couch set the SEC record when he threw for 4,275 yards in 1998. Nobody really threatened it, either. Until this season, Johnny Manziel and Chad Kelly were the only other SEC QBs to reach 4,000.
This season, Burrow blasted the record by an astonishing 1,396 yards.
He finished the season with 5,671 yards — and still threw 26 fewer passes than Couch.
1. TD passes in a season
Burrow gave college football a new, nice round magic number: 60.
In 2019, he became the 1st QB in FBS history to reach that mark.
He shattered Drew Lock’s SEC record by 16. He increased his 2018 output by 44.
How unexpected was 60? LSU threw 59 TD passes combined in the 4 previous seasons.
We’ll never see it again. Other SEC teams will play 15 games, but no other QB will average 4 TD passes over the course of 15 games.