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Stephen Hauschka Kicks Game Winning Field Goal For Bills As Time Expired

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Former NC State place kicker Stephen Hauschka kicked the game winning field goal for Buffalo yesterday as the final seconds of regulation ticked off the clock.

Hauschka’s 46-yard field goal gave the Bills a 13-12 victory over the Titans.

2018 marks Hauschka’s 2nd season in Buffalo (3-year $8.85 million contract), and his 11th year in the NFL after spending one year at NC State.

Hauschka’s story is really a crazy one.

He was a soccer player at Middlebury College, but was cut from the varsity team during his freshman season, and was demoted to junior varsity. Heading into his sophomore season, instead of continuing on the JV squad, he tried out for the football team, and earned a spot. In three seasons at Middlebury, he earned All-NESCAC honors twice. Instead of following his plans to go to dental school, Hauschka came to NC State as a Graduate Senior, with one year of eligibility remaining.

He made 16 field goals for NC State in 2007, which is the 8th most in a single season by a Wolfpack place kicker. He also connected on 10 straight, which is the fourth longest streak in school history.

No one could have projected that Hauschka would end up being a place kicker in the NFL for the past 11 seasons, even himself.

In an amazing story, Hauschka’s 87.209% field goal percentage, is the 5th best percentage in NFL history.

Yesterday’s game winner was the 6th of Haushka’s career.

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Jaylen Samuels Snags 7 Receptions in 1st NFL Start

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Former NC State Swiss Army Knife Jaylen Samuels started the first game of his NFL career on Sunday in the Steelers 24-21 loss to the Raiders.

Even though Samuels was technically going to get the start, it was projected to be a running back-by-committee situation, splitting carries with Stevan Ridley. The end result was much more lopsided than the projection, with Samuels playing 48 snaps, and Ridley playing 8.

Truthfully, JaySam wasn’t very effective running the ball, picking up 28 yards on 11 carries (2.5 yards per carry), but he was more effective than Ridley, who averaged 0.8 yards per carry. Samuels shined the most in the passing game, pulling in all 7 balls that were thrown his way for 64 yards. All but 2 of his receptions were behind the line of scrimmage, and he managed to pick up an impressive 76 yards after the catch against the Raiders.

James Conner hasn’t been ruled out of Pittsburgh’s crucial matchup against New England this Sunday, so we will have to wait and see what his involvement will look like.

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Nyheim Hines is Close To Breaking Colts Rookie Receptions Record

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Former NC State Running Back Nyheim Hines has 3 games left in his rookie season, and his 52 receptions are the 5th most by a rookie in Colts history. If he keeps his current pace, he will finish the regular season with 64 receptions, which would tie Marvin Harrison for the 2nd most in a Colts uniform as a rookie. With that being said, he has had 7+ receptions in 4 games thus far, which could lead him to blow past Bill Brooks record.

He currently is projected to finish the year with the most receptions by a Colts rookie running back.

Hines will likely finish his rookie season ranked in the Top-10 for the most receptions by a rookie running back in NFL history. The fact that he has managed to do this while only starting 3 games is remarkable.

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Former NC State OL Ted Larsen Lands Key Block in the Miami Miracle

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A 69-yard “circus” play orchestrated by the Miami Dolphins with no time left on the clock, that led to the game-winning touchdown over the New England Patriots, has been dubbed the “Miami Miracle.”

Here’s what it looks like in written form.

Kenyan Drake wouldn’t have made it into the end zone if former NC State Offensive Lineman Ted Larsen didn’t run 40 yards down the field, and make the key block on Patrick Chung on the 30-yard line.

Even though Drake scored the touchdown, the Dolphins were chanting Larsen’s name at the end of the game.

Larsen was transparent after the game. There wasn’t a single ounce of him that wanted the ball tossed in his direction.

“It looked like we had a little action,” Larsen said. “You just try to get down there. I was kind of hoping they wouldn’t pitch me the ball. I was looking forward to making the block. I ended up making the block and it worked. He had a great run.” (Link)

The former Wolfpack lineman helped make history yesterday.

It was the first time in the 52-year history of the Dolphins that they scored the winning touchdown with no time left on the clock. At 69 yards, it was the NFL’s longest play from scrimmage to win a game with no time left since at least the 1970 merger. (DeadSpin)

Larsen has been in the league 9 years now, and his key block in the Miami Miracle is his shining moment of his tenure, and will likely go down as the most epic play of his career.

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Bradley Chubb Breaks Broncos Rookie Sack Record

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Former NC State Consensus All-American Bradley Chubb picked up 2 sacks in Denver’s 20-14 loss to the 49ers today, bringing his season total to 12, breaking Von Miller’s Broncos rookie record (11.5 – 2011).

Sack #11

Sack #12

Here’s a survey of company he joined today, and the 6 players he is still has to pass to claim the NFL Rookie Sack record.

Not bad company to be keeping.

If you’re wondering if the record matters to Chubb, he does.

It’s on his bathroom mirror.

Watch out Mr. Kearse. Chubb is coming for you.

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