With at least two games to play in the 2019 season, Washington State Cougars quarterback Anthony Gordon already has set the program’s single-season passing touchdown record, throwing his 39th TD of season on Saturday against the Stanford Cardinal.
Gordon threw touchdowns 35, 36, 37, 38, and 39 in the 49-22 win over Stanford.
For all the big-time throws Gordon has made on TDs this year, he tied the record — set at 38 by Gardner Minshew II last season — with an easy five-yard toss to his favorite target, Brandon Arconado, who was wide open late in the third quarter. Gordon then broke the record with the most quintessential of Air Raid throws: A swing pass to running back Max Borghi in the flat for a two-yard TD.
It was the fifth time this season Gordon has thrown for four or more touchdowns in a game, which of course includes a still-mind-blowing nine-TD performance earlier this season against the UCLA Bruins.
Gordon can now set his sights on a couple more single-season records. He’s only four off the Pac-12 record of 43 touchdowns, shared by Jake Browning and Jared Goff; and with 4,314 passing yards, he needs just 466 more yards to break Minshew’s conference- and program-record 4,779. If the Cougars can make it to a bowl game, he stands an excellent chance of becoming the first Pac-12 passer and just the 16th player in NCAA history to eclipse 5,000 yards.