In reality Harris was helping lead the 14th-ranked Tigers to a season-opening win at No. 25 Mississippi State (1-1, 0-1).
But, for whatever reason, it felt more to the signal caller like he was sitting behind the steering wheel, keeping the Bayou Bengals' vehicle between the lines and heading into the right direction ... even if it wasn't always going very quickly.
"My job is to drive the car," Harris told reporters as Saturday turned to Sunday inside the bowels of Davis Wade Stadium, "to get us in the right plays and hand it off to the big beasts to let them do what they do. Let them eat."
And eat they largely did, especially the big dog.
Leonard Fournette finished with 159 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, both career highs for the Heisman candidate. Fellow sophomore Darrel Williams ripped off 45 yards of his own as the backfield's second-in-command.
Harris himself totaled 48 yards rushing on just five carries.
Through the air, however, it wasn't exactly a clinic. It's not that Harris couldn't perform, more that he wasn't allowed to do much.
He finished the ballgame 9-of-14 passing for 71 yards, including a throwaway second half that saw Harris go 4-of-6 for a measly 15 yards.
Despite it all Harris feels he got to get into a rhythm in just his second career start in the purple and gold.
"Even if we would've came out and thrown the ball 50 times today, I think we would've executed and we'd have done a great job," explained Harris. "But when Leonard's running the ball like that, and Darrel's running the ball like that, and our offensive line is opening up holes where we can drive school buses in, you've just got to keep riding it."
The next test for LSU's starting quarterback slash school-bus driver is Saturday afternoon, when Auburn heads to Baton Rouge for a contest Harris has no doubt been looking forward to since a disastrous starting debut on the plains last fall.