Cyclones in the NFL (Week Two)

Many former Cyclones took to the field this weekend in the second full week of NFL preseason action.

The Pittsburgh Steelers may be the favorite to win the AFC this season, but former Cyclone Sage Rosenfels brought them back down to earth Sunday night with a stellar fourth quarter effort in which he threw for three touchdowns and helped lead Washington to a come-from-behind 35-34 victory.

Rosenfels completed touchdown passes to Leonard Stephens (23 yards), Derrius Thompson (six yards) and Darnerien McCants (five yards) in a span of under 10 minutes. The strike to McCants proved to be the game-winner, coming with 2:11 remaining in the game. It capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive.

The Redskins had trailed 24-0 after starter Danny Wuerffel struggled out of the gates. Rosenfels relieved Shane Matthews to start the final quarter.

In a battle with the two former University of Florida standouts, Rosenfels clearly had the better performance. Wuerffel completed 2-of-5 passes for 24 yards and one interception, while Matthews passed for 137 yards on 14-of-21 completions. Matthews threw for two third-quarter touchdowns, but was picked off twice.

Two-time All-Big 12 running back Ennis Haywood saw his first significant playing time for Dallas on Saturday and responded by leading all ball in rushing yards. Haywood carried 11 times for 47 yards, adding a pair of receptions for 13 yards.

He entered the game late in the second quarter with the Cowboys trailing 13-0. Haywood helped key a third-quarter scoring drive by rushing for 28 yards on five carries. Woody Dantzler capped the drive with an 11-yard halfback pass to Kenyon Rambo after subbing in for Haywood.

J.J. Moses again saw action for Kansas City, as he is battling for a final roster spot. He caught one pass for 12 yards and returned a pair of punts for 43 yards.

Former Cyclone defensive tackle James Reed sacked Baltimore starter Chris Redman in the third quarter, as the New York Jets posted a 34-16 victory. Reed also added one tackle.

Seattle starting safety Marcus Robertson had three tackles in his team's 24-14 loss to San Diego.


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