Titans' Marcus Mariota Ties NFL Record in First Three Games

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Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans throws a pss during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field on September 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Andy Lyons / Getty Images

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By Emil Guillermo

The NFL record for most touchdown passes in the first three games of a career was tied on Sunday--but it wasn’t done by the first quarterback picked in the 2015 NFL draft.

It was achieved by Tennessee Titans' Marcus Mariota, the first-ever Hawaiian to win the Heisman Trophy.

Mariota's performance during Sundays' game against the Indianapolis Colts made him the second player in NFL history to throw eight touchdowns in his first three career games. Mariota now shares the record with former Washington football team quarterback Mark Rypien, who set the record in 1988.

Sunday was the first home game in Tennessee for Mariota, who completed 27-of-44 passes for 367 yards--a Titans franchise record.

Though the Titans ultimately fell to the Colts, 35-33, hope was fleeting for a comeback victory, but a two-point conversion attempt failed with less than three minutes of play remaining.

“I felt the coaches did a great job calling the plays," Mariota said after the game. “Myself, I’ve got to do a better job of executing them.”

Since Mariota was drafted to the Titans, he has been compared to 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who was the first pick in the 2015 draft.