Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has broken a rookie record previously held by future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson.
Mayfield’s third touchdown pass Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens gave the rookie 27 for the season, surpassing the record Manning set in 1998. Wilson tied Manning’s record of 26 in 2012.
The 23-year-old connected with Breshad Perriman, Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway on passes of 28 yards, 48 yards and 1 yard, respectively, to break the rookie record.
Mayfield, who was fined $10,026 Saturday for a lewd gesture he made last week during a touchdown celebration, broke the record without playing a full rookie season. He was the Cleveland Browns’ backup quarterback during the first three games and made his NFL debut after quarterback Tyrod Taylor was injured against the New York Jets in Week 3.
The Browns went on to beat the Jets 21-17, marking the franchise’s first win of the season and its first since 2016. Mayfield, who was named the starting quarterback shortly after the win against the Jets, helped Cleveland finish the 2018 season with a 7-8-1 record, the franchise’s best record since 2007.
The Cleveland Browns selected Mayfield No. 1 overall last spring after he won the Heisman Trophy and led the Oklahoma Sooners to a College Football Playoff appearance during his senior season.