New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) runs the ball against Tennessee Titans defensive end Denico Autry (96) during overtime of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (Bill Kostroun, Associated Press)
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AROUND THE SHIELD — See what happens when Zach Wilson has time to throw?
The former BYU quarterback and Corner Canyon product completed 21-of-34 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns to help the New York Jets to a 27-24 overtime win Sunday over the Tennessee Titans.
But perhaps more importantly, the Jets (1-3) gave him the protection he needed.
Wilson took just one sack, and his lone interception came in the second quarter after his top receiver Corey Davis slipped on the turf. On the other side, the Jets sacked Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill seven times in the win.
It was a big step forward for the Jets, who are still led by a rookie quarterback but one learning — and improving — on the job.
“I wouldn’t say we’ve fully arrived,” Wilson told nyjets.com. “This is just another puzzle piece of where I want to get. Now we have to stack the blocks.
“This was a step in the right direction.”
Just a month into his formal NFL career, plenty of people had forgotten why the Jets were so high on Wilson coming out of his junior season at BYU, when he led the Cougars to an 11-1 record and No. 11 national ranking.
The word “bust” had been thrown out plenty of times, online, on social media, on Jets message boards and even from a few knee-jerk media personalities in the Big Apple.
Sunday was a reminder of why the Jets used the No. 2 overall pick on the fast-rising BYU product.
“Today he showed everything what we see in practice,” head coach Robert Saleh said. “The kid was outstanding. He’s got resolve and he’s a playmaker.”
It wasn’t a perfect performance — ever the perfectionist, Wilson will be the first to admit that. But the Jets rallied from an early 9-0 deficit, took a 10-9 lead with 19 seconds left in the third quarter, and Wilson tossed two touchdowns in the fourth — including a 53-yard strike to Davis, who caught four passes for 111 yards — before Matt Ammendola’s 22-yard game-winning field goal in overtime gave New York its first win.
“It was awesome,” Wilson said. “The ups and downs, it was a crazy win, but I had a chance there to end it sooner. What an awesome game. I’m so pumped we got away from it with a W, but we have to keep learning and keep getting better. It’s awesome to keep learning from a win though.”
Wilson’s inaugural NFL regular-season win wasn’t the only franchise-first for a BYU product Sunday. Andy Reid hit a major career milestone with twice as many franchises.
Coach Reid just became the first coach in NFL history to win 100 games for 2 different teams. Congrats, Big Red! pic.twitter.com/hxlrCiWD1k
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 3, 2021
With Kansas City’s 42-30 win over Philadelphia, the Chiefs head coach and former BYU offensive lineman won his 100th game in Kansas City — the second franchise with which he’s the first to reach the mark.
With his 130-93-1 career record with the Eagles, Reid became the first coach in NFL history to win 100 games with two different teams (he finished with 140 career wins at Philadelphia, playoffs included).
Perhaps more important to him, the Chiefs snapped a two-game slide.
“We’re in a profession where winning is very important,” Reid said after the game. “These guys take that personally. … They’ve had success and want to get back to doing the things they know are correct and we weren’t doing that.
“It was important that we buckle down and do better, and that’s what we did.”
Here’s how the rest of Utah’s former high school and college football standouts fared in Week 4 of the 2021 NFL season.
Monday Night Football
LA Chargers 28, Las Vegas 14
- Michael Davis, CB, BYU: Starting cornerback made five tackles.
- Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State: Made two tackles, one sack, a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup.
- Alohi Gilman, S, Orem: Had one tackle on defense, one on special teams.
- Jackson Barton, OT, Utah/Brighton: Inactive for Week 4.
- Dallin Leavitt, S, Utah State: Returned to lineup following concussion.
- Andre James, OL, Herriman: Started at center.
NY Jets 27, Tennessee 24
- Zach Wilson, QB, BYU/Corner Canyon: Completed 21-of-34 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns, one interception and just one sack taken in 61 offensive snaps.
- Javelin Guidry, DB, Utah: Made 10 tackles in 85 defensive snaps, plus five on special teams.
- No locals on active roster.
Kansas City 42, Philadelphia 30
- Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU: Starting safety made nine tackles in 74 defensive snaps.
- Marcus Kemp, WR, Layton: Made one tackle in 21 special-teams snaps, added two snaps on offense.
- Sua Opeta, OL, Weber State/Stansbury: Played seven snaps on special teams.
100 wins, 100 “how bout those CHIIIEEEEEFS” 👊 pic.twitter.com/7Ko2rxp8Pk
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 4, 2021
Baltimore 23, Denver 7
- Ty’Son Williams, RB, BYU: Inactive for Week 4.
- Tyler Huntley, QB, Utah: Did not play in Week 4.
- Garett Bolles, OT, Utah/Westlake/Snow College: Starting left tackle played 61 offensive snaps, with one on special teams.
- Tim Patrick, WR, Utah: Starting receiver caught three passes for 38 yards in 56 offensive snaps.
Seattle 28, San Francisco 21
- Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State: Starting middle linebacker posted team high 10 tackles, one pass breakup in 76 defensive snaps with four on special teams.
- Cody Barton, LB, Utah/Brighton: Made one tackle on special teams in 23 snaps ons special teams.
- Marquise Blair, S, Utah: Made three tackles, one pass breakup in 14 defensive snaps, 15 on special teams.
- Bryan Mone, DT, Highland: Played 15 snaps on defense.
- Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Starting linebacker made nine tackles, one tackle for loss in 56 defensive snaps.
- Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah: Punted six times for 262 yards (43.7 yards per punt) with a long of 54, three downed inside the 20 in 13 special-teams snaps, and one PAT made.
49ers linebacker Fred Warner wore a black Colin Kaepernick Nike jersey to his postgame presser today. pic.twitter.com/OGEpxprwfi
— Resist Programming 🛰 (@RzstProgramming) October 4, 2021
Arizona 37, LA Rams 20
- Kylie Fitts, LB, Utah: Played 15 snaps on special teams.
- Leki Fotu, DT, Utah/Herriman: Made one tackle in 15 defensive snaps, 13 on special teams.
- Terrell Burgess, S, Utah: Played 22 special-teams snaps.
- Matt Gay, K, Utah/UVU/Orem: Connected on field goals of 42 and 22 yards with two PATS in 10 special-teams snaps.
- Jonah Williams, DE, Weber State: Made one tackle in 12 defensive snaps, seven on special teams.
NY Giants 27, New Orleans 21
- Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: Ran for six yards, caught one pass for six yards in seven offensive snaps and five on special teams.
- Taysom Hill, QB, BYU: Starting wide receiver ran for 28 yards on six rushes, including two 8-yard touchdowns; completed 2-of-3 passes for 9 yards, interception; caught two passes for 26 yards in 34 offensive snaps with three on special teams.
- Marcus Williams, S, Utah: Starting safety made seven tackles, one pass breakup, one interception, one forced fumble in 63 defensive snaps.
- Kaden Elliss, LB, Judge Memorial: Made three tackles, one quarterback hurry in 27 defensive snaps with 21 on special teams.
HOT SOUP COMING THROUGH! 🔥
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 3, 2021
Cleveland 14, Minnesota 7
- Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU: Starting linebacker made three tackles in 24 defensive snaps.
- Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State/Fremont: Starting linebacker made four tackles in 78 defensive snaps with four on special teams.
Indianapolis 27, Miami 17
- Julian Blackmon, S, Utah/Layton: Starting free safety made three tackles in 52 defensive snaps with eight on special teams.
- Eric Rowe, DB, Utah: Starting cornerback made seven tackles in 61 defensive snaps.
Dallas 36, Carolina 28
- Simi Fehoko, WR, Brighton: Inactive for Week 4.
- Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham: Starting tight end caught six passes for 58 yards with touchdown and a two-point conversion that was overturned in 48 offensive snaps with six on special teams.
- Brady Christensen, OT, BYU/Bountiful: Played five special-teams snaps.
Chicago 24, Detroit 14
- Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU/Granger: Made one tackle in seven defensive snaps at nose tackle, two snaps on special teams.
- Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah: Starting cornerback made one tackle, one pass breakup in 71 defefnsive snaps.
- Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State/Weber: Played eight snaps on special teams.
- Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU: Starting running back ran for 66 yards on 14 carries in 21 offensive snaps
- John Penisini, DL, Utah/West Jordan/Snow College: Played 13 snaps on offense, four on special teams.
- Penei Sewell, OT, Desert Hills: Starting left tackle played 71 offensive tackles and two on special teams.
— J.T. Messinger (@JTMessinger) September 26, 2021
Buffalo 40, Houston 0
- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah/Bingham/Snow College: Starting defensive tackle made three tackles, one sack, one quarterback hurry in 22 defensive snaps.
- Zack Moss, RB, Utah: Ran for 61 yards on 14 carries, including 4-yard touchdown run in 40 offensive snaps.
- Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State: Inactive for Week 4.
- No locals on the active roster.
Washington 34, Atlanta 30
Football Team (2-2)
- Jared Norris, LB, Utah: Played 18 snaps on special teams.
- Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State/Jordan: Activated, but did not play.
- Dax Milne, WR, BYU/Bingham: Inactive for Week 4.
- No locals on the active roster.
Green Bay 27, Pittsburgh 17
- Jordan Love, QB, Utah State: Did not play.
- Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah: Made 1.5 tackles in 16 special-teams snaps.
Thursday Night Football
Cincinnati 24, Jacksonville 21
- Jalen Davis, CB, Utah State: Made two tackles, forced fumble in 11 defensive snaps and 15 on special teams.
- Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, Timpview: Inactive for Week 4.
- Jay Tufele, DT, Bingham: Inactive for Week 4.