Locals in the NFL: Aggies' Nevin Lawson celebrates 1st career INT as Jaguars stop 20-game slide

Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Matthew Wright (15), center, celebrates after kicking a field goal to win the match during the second half of an NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, England, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (Matt Dunhan, Associated Press)



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AROUND THE SHIELD — With just over a minute left in the third quarter and his Dolphins trailing Jacksonville 17-13, Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hurled a perfect dart down field, connecting with a pair of hands perfectly and precisely.

The only problem? Those hands belonged to Nevin Lawson, the Jaguars' recent signing who playing in just his third game with the franchise as they visited London.

It was just the second interception on the season for the league-worst Jaguars — the fewest in the NFL — but it belonged to Lawson, the first in his career.

The eighth-year veteran from Utah State had his most productive game in a Jags uniform with four tackles, two pass breakups and the interception with an 11-yard return that helped Jacksonville to its first regular-season win since the first game of the 2020 season.

It was also the first NFL win of former Utah coach Urban Meyer's career, and the first for quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the top pick in April's NFL draft.

"At my age, I'm just so excited for the guys," Meyer told reporters Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. "I know how hard they worked. I've been talking about this locker room, and I've been talking about the team. I know it's one game. I know, I know, I know …

"I just know I love these players and it was great to see their faces after the game."

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) celebrates on the field after an NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, England, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. The Jaguars won the match 23-20.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) celebrates on the field after an NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, England, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. The Jaguars won the match 23-20. (Photo: Ian Walton, Associated Press)

Tagovailoa went on to give the Dolphins a 20-17 lead with a 2-yard strike to Jaylen Waddle to open the fourth quarter. But Matthew Wright booted a 54-yard field goal with 3:40 remaining to tie the game, then smashed a 53-yarder as time expired to end the Jaguars' 20-game losing streak — the third-longest skid in NFL history and the longest since the Buccaneers' 26-game skid from 1976-77.

"We hate losing, and it's been tough," Lawrence said. "We've had some games that we felt could've gone our way and didn't. So to get a win, especially in that fashion, it feels good.

"I keep telling everyone to stick with us. We'll be fine, and going into a bye week, it's exciting for sure."

But before all that, Lawson made perhaps the biggest play in his eight seasons in the league. At the very least, his drive-ending pick off Tagovailoa was his first interception in eight years. The former Aggie cornerback was signed by the Jaguars a month ago after spending the first two games of the season on the suspended list with the Las Vegas Raiders for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Lawson and Meyer weren't the only people with ties to the Beehive State to celebrate on NFL Sunday. Here's a look at how other former Utah high school and college standouts fared in Week 6 of the 2021 season.

Tennessee 34, Buffalo 31

Titans (3-2)

  • No locals on active roster.

Bills (4-1)

  • Zack Moss, RB, Utah: Ran for 24 yards on eight carries, caught two passes for 15 yards.
  • Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah/Bingham/Snow College: Starting defensive tackle made two tackles, one tackle for loss.
  • Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State: Starting nickel had six tackles.

Jacksonville 23, Miami 20

Jaguars (1-5)

  • Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State: Starting cornerback made four tackles, two pass breakups and first interception in Jaguars' uniform in 70 defensive snaps, three on special teams.
  • Jay Tufele, DT, Bingham: Active, but did not play.

Dolphins (1-5)

  • Eric Rowe, DB, Utah: Made two tackles, one pass breakup in 19 defensive snaps.

Baltimore 34, LA Chargers 6

Ravens (5-1)

  • Tyler Huntley, QB, Utah: Ran for 10 yards on three carries in four offensive snaps.
  • Ty'Son Williams, RB, BYU: Inactive for Week 6.

Chargers (4-2)

  • Michael Davis, CB, BYU: Starting cornerback had five tackles, one sack, quarterback hurry in 38 defensive snaps.
  • Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State: Made one tackle in 26 defensive snaps, seven on special teams.
  • Alohi Gilman, S, Orem: Made two tackles in 30 defensive snaps, one tackle in 20 snaps on special teams.

Minnesota 34, Carolina 28

Vikings (3-3)

  • Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State/Fremont: Starting linebacker played nine snaps on defense, 25 on special teams.

Panthers (3-3)

  • Brady Christensen, OT, BYU/Bountiful: Played four snaps on special teams.

Green Bay 24, Chicago 14

Packers (5-1)

  • Jordan Love, QB, Utah State: Active, but did not play.

Bears (3-3)

  • Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah: Starting cornerback had three tackles in 59 defensive snaps, one on special teams.
  • Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State/Weber: Played six snaps on special teams.
  • Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU/Granger: Inactive for Week 6.

Cincinnati 34, Detroit 11

Bengals (4-2)

  • Jalen Davis, CB, Utah State: Made two tackles in 14 defensive snaps, one tackle in 10 special teams snaps.

Lions (0-6)

  • Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU: Starting running back ran for 11 yards on six carries in 19 offensive snaps.
  • John Penisini, DL, Utah/West Jordan/Snow College: Made one tackle in 22 defensive snaps, six on special teams.
  • Penei Sewell, OT, Desert Hills: Starting left tackle played all 63 offensive snaps.

Indianapolis 31, Houston 3

Colts (2-4)

  • Julian Blackmon, FS, Utah/Layton: Starting free safety made four tackles, one tackle for loss in 75 defensive snaps, one tackle in eight special teams snaps.

Texans (1-5)

  • No locals on active roster.

LA Rams 38, NY Giants 11

Rams (5-1)

  • Terrell Burgess, S, Utah: Starting defensive back played nine defensive snaps, made one tackle in 18 snaps on special teams.
  • Matt Gay, K, Utah/UVU/Orem: Booted 32-yard field goal, five extra points in 13 special teams snaps.
  • Jonah Williams, DE, Weber State: Made one tackle for loss in 26 defensive snaps, three on special teams.

Giants (1-5)

  • Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: Ran for 41 yards on 12 carries, caught four passes for 28 yards in 54 offensive snaps.

Kansas City 31, Washington 13

Chiefs (3-3)

  • Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU: Made one tackle in 19 defensive snaps, eight on special teams.
  • Marcus Kemp, WR, Layton: Made two tackles in 20 special teams snaps, six on offense.

Football Team (2-4)

  • Dax Milne, WR, BYU/Bingham: Targeted one time in 12 offensive snaps.
  • Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State/Jordan: Played four snaps on special teams.

Arizona 37, Cleveland 14

Cardinals (6-0)

  • Kylie Fitts, LB, Utah: Made one tackle in 13 special teams snaps, added nine snaps on defense.
  • Leki Fotu, DT, Utah/Herriman: Starting defensive tackle played 29 defensive snaps, nine on special teams.

Browns (3-3)

  • Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU: Had one tackle for loss in 10 defensive snaps, 13 on special teams.

Las Vegas 34, Denver 24

Raiders (4-2)

  • Jackson Barton, OT, Utah/Brighton: Inactive for Week 6.
  • Dallin Leavitt, S, Utah State: Made one tackle in 16 defensive snaps, two tackles in 23 special teams snaps.
  • Andre James, OL, Herriman: Starting center played all 56 offensive snaps.

Broncos (3-3)

  • Tim Patrick, WR, Utah: Starting wide receiver caught three passes for 42 yards, including 23-yard touchdown from Teddy Bridgewater in 72 offensive snaps.
  • Garett Bolles, OL, Utah/Westlake/Snow College: Starting left tackle played 71 offensive snaps, added three on special teams.

Dallas 35, New England 29

Cowboys (5-1)

  • Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham: Starting tight end caught five passes for 79 yards in 75 offensive snaps, added six snaps on special teams.
  • Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah: Inactive for Week 6.
  • Simi Fehoko, WR, Brighton: Inactive for Week 6.

Patriots (2-4)

  • Harvey Langi, LB, BYU/Bingham: Made one tackle in 18 special teams snaps.
  • Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Had four tackles, one fumble recovery in 71 defensive snaps.

Pittsburgh 23, Seattle 20

Seahawks (2-4)

  • Cody Barton, LB, Utah/Brighton: Made two tackles in 25 special teams snaps, added two snaps on offense.
  • Marquise Blair, S, Utah: Made two tackles in 31 defensive snaps, added 13 snaps on special teams.
  • Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State: Starting middle linebacker had team-high 14 tackles in 75 defensive snaps, added five snaps on special teams.
  • Bryan Mone, DT, Highland: Made two tackles in 24 defensive snaps.

Steelers (3-3)

  • Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah: Made one tackle in 25 special teams snaps.

Tampa Bay 28, Philadelphia 22

Buccaneers (5-1)

  • No locals on the active roster.

Eagles (2-4)

  • Noah Togiai, TE, Hunter: Active, but did not play.

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