By: Jay Yeomans
Published: October 29, 2018
It was a big weekend on the gridiron for a handful of former BYU football stars.
Taysom Hill had another impressive all-around performance as the New Orleans Saints improved to 6-1 with a 30-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
His biggest play of the night came when the former Cougar signal caller completed a 44-yard bomb to Michael Thomas on the opening drive of the game to move the ball deep into Vikings territory.
The Saints Twitter page shared video of the big throw.
New Orleans scored three plays later to take a 7-0 lead. Hill also caught a 5-yard pass, returned two kicks for 50 yards and had three carries.
On the season, Hill has completed 2 of 3 passes for 54 yards, carried the ball 21 times for 123 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes. He has also done some nice work in special teams with nine kick returns for 220 (24.4 yards per return) and totaled three tackles.
Williams finds pay dirt
Jamaal Williams found the end zone for the first time this season in a 29-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
The Cougars’ all-time leading rusher scored midway through the first quarter from one yard out to give the Packers a 7-0 lead. He then showed off his considerable dancing skills on the ensuing celebration.
The Green Bay Packers Twitter page shared highlights of the play.
On the day, Williams finished with a season-low four carries for nine yards and the score. On the season, he has carried the ball 63 times for 233 yards and a touchdown while catching eight passes for 57 yards.
Warner recovers fumble in tough loss
Fred Warner had another solid statistical game as the San Francisco 49ers dropped to 1-7 after a heart-breaking 18-15 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
In the setback, the former BYU linebacker finished tied for the team lead with seven total tackles, including six of the solo variety. He also came up with one of the biggest defensive plays of the game when he tracked down and fell on a Jermaine Gresham fumble to give the 49ers the ball back with a five-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
The San Francisco 49ers Twitter page shared video of the play.
Through eight games, Warner has totaled 66 combined tackles, including 49 solos, and three tackles for loss. He has also defended two passes, forced a fumble and recovered another.
As for Kyle Van Noy, he had a monster game on Monday night as the New England Patriots dispatched the Buffalo Bills, 25-6. The former BYU star was all over the field, finishing with a team-high eight combined tackles, two sacks, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. One of the sacks was a game-changer where he drilled Derek Anderson from the blindside and forced a fumble that the Patriots recovered in Bills territory.
The NFL’s Twitter page shared video of the huge play.
On the season, Van Noy has recorded 44 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception in eight games.
And just in case you missed the latest update on how Jimmer Fredette, Tyler Haws, Brandon Davies and the other former Cougars are doing overseas, here it is.
BYU International basketball tracker: Jimmer puts up huge fourth quarter in comeback win; Davies, Haws lead the way in big victories.