Baltimore Ravens Wide receiver Torrey Smith had a career-altering day on Sunday in what was his very first start for the quasi-expansion NFL franchise.
After coming up catchless in his first two games as a Raven, Smith, a second round draft pick, got his opportunity to shine in the absence of veteran wide-out Lee Evans – and shine he did.
In the first quarter alone, Torrey Smith’s first three catches were for touchdowns totaling 133 yards that ignited the Baltimore Ravens’ franchise record-setting day on offense in a 37-7 rout Sunday.
With 12:20 left in the first quarter, Ravens QB Joe Flacco found Smith bolting down the sideline and hit him with a 74-yard touchdown pass. With 3:38 left, Flacco again looked to Smith, who easily blew by the Rams’ secondary for a 41-yard touchdown catch. Less than two minutes later, Smith showed his athleticism once more, leaping over Rams cornerback Justin King and coming down with the ball in the end zone for this third score.
Smith’s contribution to the team – he finished with five catches for 152 yards and three touchdowns – allowed the Ravens set two franchise records: One for most offensive yards in the first half with 406 and another for most offensive yards in a game with 533 – breaking a record that had previously been held since 1996.
“I never doubted myself for a minute,” said Smith, the first rookie in NFL history and just the 12th player to score three touchdowns in a quarter. “I’ve been playing football forever. I’ve been making plays forever.”
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