Gardner Minshew’s magic ran out in the final moment of an otherwise superb game against Tennessee that saw the former Washington State and Jacksonville Jaguars starter throw for 300-plus yards and three touchdowns for the first time in his career.
Coming off an opening-week win over Indianapolis in which he completed 19-of-20 passes, Minshew was productive against the Titans with 339 yards and three touchdowns while going 30-of-45 through the air. The ex-Cougars signal-caller also threw two interceptions – the second of those coming during the final drive of the fourth quarter on a ball that was tipped at the line of scrimmage, sending the Jags to a 33-30 loss.
Jacksonville entered the fourth quarter trailing 30-17, but Minshew threw touchdowns to Keelan Cole Sr. and Chris Thompson to tie the game with 7:25 remaining.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Minshew became the first quarterback in franchise history to throw three touchdown passes in three consecutive games.
Below are the other NFL players from area schools who made an impact Sunday.
Cooper Kupp (EWU), Samson Ebukam (EWU), Nsimba Webster (EWU), Los Angeles Rams: Despite failing to haul in a touchdown, Kupp led the Rams in receiving with five receptions for 81 yards. Kupp also had a fumble on a punt return, but it didn’t have any consequences during the team’s 37-19 win over Philadelphia.
Ebukam didn’t record any stats for the Rams and Webster logged one kick return in the game for 19 yards.
Mike Iupati (Idaho), Benson Mayowa (Idaho), Seattle Seahawks: Thanks to the strong play from Iupati, a starting left guard, and the rest of Seattle’s offensive line, the Seahawks ran for 154 yards and 5.1 yards per carry in a 35-30 win over New England.
Mayowa, a starting defensive end for the Seahawks, recorded two tackles in the game.
Kendrick Bourne (EWU), San Francisco 49ers: Another ex-EWU wideout led an NFC West team in receiving Sunday, as Bourne caught four passes for 67 yards during a 31-13 victory over the New York Jets.
Frankie Luvu (WSU), New York Jets: Luvu recorded a single tackle in New York’s home loss to the 49ers.
Jesse Davis (Idaho), Miami Dolphins: A captain and the longest-tenured member on Miami’s offensive line, Davis started at right tackle for the Dolphins in a 31-28 loss to Buffalo.
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