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SALT LAKE CITY -- Former BYU Cougar Austin Collie continues to make a name for himself in the NFL with a career-high game against the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon. Collie had 12 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns to help the Indianapolis Colts beat the Broncos 27-13.
His first touchdown came early in the second quarter when Peyton Manning found Collie for five yards to put the Colts up 13-0. In the fourth quarter, Collie caught a deep pass from Manning for 48 yards, which eventually led to the Colts' second touchdown- a 23-yard touchdown from Manning to Collie.
"This year I feel a little more confident, a little bit more comfortable," commented Collie. "Now I can actually focus on the technique of running around catching balls rather than thinking about my assignments and hoping not to screw up."
This is the second time this season that Collie has broken his career-high in receiving yards. He currently is the NFL leader in that category with a total of 359 yards on the season.
Alex Smith and his San Francisco 49ers came off of a rough week one loss against the Seattle Seahawks. In their second game the 49ers lost a close battle with the defending champion New Orleans Saints on Monday NIght Football.
Smith showed well in that game, going 23-32 for 275 yards and a touchdown with 1:19 left in the game to tie it up 22-22. But San Francisco eventually lost to New Orleans 25-22 in regulation.
On Sunday, however, Smith and the 49ers struggled against the surging Kansas City Chiefs, losing 31-10 and giving the 49ers their third straight loss on the season. Smith was 23-42 for 232 yards and one touchdown, which came on the last play of the game. Smith also threw an interception and was sacked five times.
"We were pretty ineffective the entire game," Smith said. "I don't know if there is anything to point to. I think it is everything. We were pretty inept all the way around, throwing the ball, running the ball, protecting, penalties, it was all in there."
Because of the struggles on offense, San Francisco has fired their offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye.
On the first play of the fourth quarter of the Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay game, former Cougar defensive lineman Brett Keisel intercepted a pass by Buccaneer quarterback Josh Freeman at the Pittsburgh 21-yard line, then ran 79 yards for a touchdown. That score put the Steelers up 38-6 in a game they eventually won 38-13. Keisel also deflected a pass and had one tackle.
Other notable locals in play:
- Koa Misi (Utah), LB, Miami Dolphins: Had two tackles in Miami's loss to the New York Jets
- Steve Smith (Utah), WR, Carolina Pathers: Smith struggled, with only three receptions for 22 yards
- Bryan Kehl (BYU), LB, St. Louis Rams: As a new member of the Rams, Kehl had five tackles and a QB hit
- Stewart Bradley (Highland HS), LB, Philadelphia Eagles: Returning from a concussion in week one, Bradley had four total tackles
- Eric Weddle (Utah), S, San Diego Chargers: Had six tackles with one for a loss of yards
- Chris Cooley (Utah St.), TE, Washington Redskins: Caught five passes for 53 yards
- Sean Smith (Utah), CB, Miami Dolphins: Had four total tackles
- Haloti Ngata (Highland HS), DT, Baltimore Ravens: Deflected a pass and had three tackles
- Sione Pouha (Utah), DT, New York Jets: Deflected a pass and had one tackle
- Ma'ake Kemoeatu (Utah), DT, Washington Redskins: Had five total tackles with one for a loss of yards
- Paul Soliai (Utah), DE, Miami Dolphins: Had three total tackles with one for a loss of yards
- Brice McCain (Utah), CB, Houston Texans: Had three total tackles
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