As if his first catch wasn’t eye-popping enough.
Rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith had an afternoon to remember in Baltimore’s 37-7 win over St. Louis on Sunday, hauling in three touchdowns on his first three career catches in the NFL. With receiver Lee Evans sidelined with an ankle injury, Smith picked up the slack and effectively stretched the field for the Ravens.
Smith’s first touchdown was 74 yards, one where he streaked down the right sideline of the field. His second was on a 41-yard bomb from quarterback Joe Flacco, where Smith got behind two defensive backs. His third was on a fade route from 18 yards out, with Rams cornerback Justin King guarding im.
All three touchdowns came in the first quarter. Smith became the first rookie in NFL history to catch three touchdowns in the first quarter of a game.
He finished with five catches for 152 yards and three touchdowns.
Flacco aired the ball out all afternoon, finishing 27-48 for 389 yards and three touchdowns. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata recovered his third fumble for the season — this one going for a defensive touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Up next for the Ravens is a night game against the New York Jets this Sunday.
By Jason Butt