NFL Cougar Highlights, 9/11/05

DREW BLEDSOE began his tenure at Dallas in a glorious way, connecting on three touchdown passes and leading the Cowboys to victory--and joined an elite group of NFL QBs in the process. Two Cougar kicking greats--Rian Lindell and Jason Hanson--came up big, also. Lindell was responsible for 16 of Buffalo's 22 points, while Hanson played through a hurt ham to help lead the Lions to victory.

Find out how all of the pro Washington State alums fared in our maiden 2005 edition of NFL Cougar Highlights.

Calvin Armstrong, OT, Philadelphia, rookie: Eagles take on Atlanta on Monday Night Football.

Drew Bledsoe, QB, Dallas, 13th season: Completed 18 of 24 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns in Cowboys' 28-24 victory against San Diego. Also ran the ball four times for seven yards. He now has over 40,000 passing yards in his career, becoming just the 10th NFL QB to reach that milestone.

Erik Coleman, S, New York Jets, 2nd season: Made four solo tackles and assisted on another in Jets' 27-7 loss to Kansas City.

Devard Darling, WR, Baltimore, 2nd season: Declared inactive for Ravens' 24-17 loss to Indianapolis. Also is nursing a strained quadriceps, but as the team's sixth receiver would likely not have played in this contest.

James Darling, LB, Arizona, 9th season: Notched one tackle in Cards' 42-19 fall to the New York Giants. Left the game in the third quarter with a knee bruise and did not return.

Jason David, CB, Indianapolis, 2nd season: Posted a pair of stops and assisted on one more in Indy's 24-7 win against Baltimore.

Steve Gleason, S, New Orleans, 5th season: Declared inactive for Saints' 23-20 victory against Carolina.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 14th season: Despite straining his right hamstring on an early kick-off, the Spokane native connected on a 21-yard FG and two PATs in Lions' 17-3 win against Green Bay.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo. 6th season: Connected on five FGs (from 35, 21, 42, 39 and 31 yards) and one extra-point in Bills' 22-7 win against Houston.

Rien Long, DT, Tennessee, 3rd season: Made one solo tackle and one assist in Titans' 34-7 loss to Pittsburgh.

Rob Meier, DE, Jacksonville, 6th season: Recorded two defensive stops in Jags' 26-14 win against Seattle.

Karl Paymah, CB, Denver, rookie: Declared inactive for Broncos' 34-10 loss to Miami.

McKenzi (nee:Jonathan) Smith, RB, Kansas City, 2nd season: Did not play. Assigned to Chiefs' practice squad.

Raonall Smith, LB, Minnesota, 4th season: . No stats from Vikings' 24-13 loss to Tampa Bay.

Lamont Thompson, S, Tennessee, 4th season: Notched four solo stops and assisted in five others during Titans' 34-7 fall to Pittsburgh.

Robbie Tobeck, C, Seattle, 13th season: Started for Hawks in 26-14 loss to Jacksonville.

Marcus Trufant, CB, Seattle, 3rd season: Led all Seahawk defenders with seven tackle—including one sack for a five-yard loss. Also defensed one pass in 26-14 loss to Jacksonville.

Cory Withrow, C, Minnesota, 7th season: Started at center in Vikings' 24-13 loss to the Bucs.


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