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Pac-12 in the NFL: 3 quarterbacks beat the odds on Sunday

Dec 22, 2021

Throughout the NFL, former Pac-12 quarterbacks enjoyed expectation-defying outings, either by leading unheralded teams to upset wins or coming off the bench and delivering a star-making performance. 

Subbing in for an injured Lamar Jackson, Tyler Huntley made history in just his second professional start.

The former Utah Ute, who signed with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent in 2020, became the first Ravens quarterback to pass for two touchdowns and run for two touchdowns in the same game.

Even Jackson, one of the game's most dynamic quarterbacks, has never accomplished that feat.

Despite Huntley’s heroics, the Ravens came up just short, falling 31-30 to the Green Bay Packers and former California quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who leads the NFL in passer rating.

Speaking of former Golden Bears, in one of the most stunning results of the NFL, Jared Goff led the previously 1-11-1 Detroit Lions to a convincing 30-12 victory over the then-10-3 Arizona Cardinals.

Detroit's win marked the first time in NFL history that a team with one win or fewer beat a team with 10 or more wins by 10 or more points.

Goff was tremendous, going 21 for 26 for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Goff’s top target was former USC wide receiver Amon Ra-St. Brown, who finished with 90 receiving yards and eight catches, including a long touchdown grab.

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In Houston, Stanford's Davis Mills, the No. 67 player selected in the 2021 draft, faced off against No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence and proved, at least for one game, that he was the better rookie quarterback.

Mills led his Texans past Lawrence’s Jaguars 30-16 by completing 19 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. 

 

 

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