Sophomore quarterback Payton Thorne had a breakout season as the new starting quarterback for Michigan State this year.

As a first-year starter for Michigan State, Thorne broke the single-season record for most touchdowns thrown with 27. Thorne passed former Spartan and current Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback Kirk Cousins set in 2011 by throwing 25 touchdowns.

Thorne broke the single-season touchdown record in the 31-21 win over #13 Pittsburgh in the Peach Bowl win. In the game against Pittsburgh, Throne threw for 29-of-50 completions, 354 yards (a season-high), 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception.

In his first season as the starter for Michigan State, Thorne threw for 235-of-389 completions for 3,240 yards, 27 touchdowns, and ten interceptions. He is now third in program history in single-season passing yards only behind Kirk Cousins set in 2011 and Jeff Smoker’s 3,395 yards set in 2003.

Thorne is currently No. 10 all-time in career passing touchdowns with 30.