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Sun Devils in the NFL: Former Sun Devils lift Texans, while Burfict, Gronk go at it like it’s 2009

Here is your update for Sun Devils in the NFL from Week 6.

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ASU alumni shine in Texans' comeback win against Colts


After three quarters on Sunday night, it looked like a nightmare for the Houston Texans and quarterback Brock Osweiler.

The Texans were trailing the Indianapolis Colts, headed toward a loss that would have dropped them from first place in the AFC South. Osweiler was struggling, again, throwing his eighth interception of the season in the third quarter. Texans fans were booing him, and many left before the end of the game.

Instead, he showed why he signed an $18 million contract this offseason, and the Texans turned things around late, led by Osweiler.

Houston engineered 75- and 53-yard touchdown drives in the final 5:17 of the game to tie the score. Then in overtime, Osweiler set up a game-winning field goal by delivering a perfect 36-yard pass to wide receiver and fellow ASU alum Jaelen Strong.

Osweiler proved clutch in Sunday night's win, going 14-for-17 passing for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and overtime. He went 25 of 39 for 269 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, while Strong had the one catch for 36 yards in the Texans 26-23 win over the Colts.

Next up is a trip to Denver to face his former team and reigning Super Bowl champion Broncos in Week 8.

Territorial Cup or Bengals vs. Patriots?


It’s always entertaining when a Sun Devil and a Wildcat are mixing it up at the next level, which is what happened during the New England Patriots' 35-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

In the third quarter Burfict appeared to take a low shot at Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett on a pass play in which the ball was going away from Bennett, but it was thrown in his vicinity, with Burfict in coverage, so he may have thought the ball was coming his way if he didn’t see it when it was thrown.

The hit did not result in a penalty flag for Burfict, but a lot of Patriots players weren’t too happy about the call. In the fourth quarter, Gronkowski, an Arizona alum exchanged words with the ASU alum following a 29-yard gain, barking at the linebacker in the middle of the field. Burfict responded by approaching Gronkowski and gently head-butting him as the two kept yapping at one another.

Tom Brady went right back to Gronk over the middle for 12 yards. As he got up, he stood over Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and started talking some more. As Burfict was running up to him putting a finger in his face, Gronk walked away and flipped the football to the turf, which the crowd enjoyed.

The officials did not, and Gronkowski was flagged for taunting.

Bennett said Burfict apologized to him postgame for the low hit, but this wasn’t an isolated incident, he has received more then 30 personal fouls going back to his days as a Sun Devil.

Rookies

Name/Position/Number

Team

Selected

Standing

This Week's Stats

Christian Westerman, OG - No. 63

Cincinnati Bengals

5th round, 24th pick

Second-team right guard

N/A

D.J. Foster, RB - No. 27

New England Patriots

undrafted

Third-team running back

1 KR. 30 yds.

Other Alumni on Active Rosters

Name/Position/Number

Team

Years at ASU

Standing

This Week's Stats

Lawrence Guy, DT - No. 93

Baltimore Ravens

2008-10

Starting defensive end

1 tackle

Terrell Suggs, LB - No. 55

Baltimore Ravens

2000-02

Starting outside linebacker

5 tackles, 1 sack

Will Sutton, DT - No. 93

Chicago Bears

2009-13

Second-team nose tackle

N/A

Vontaze Burfict, LB - No. 55

Cincinnati Bengals

2009-11

Suspended

8 Tackles, 1 sack

Marcus Hardison, DL - No. 91

Cincinnati Bengals

2013-14

Placed on injured-reserve (Sep. 3)

N/A

Damarious Randall, CB - No. 23

Green Bay Packers

2013-14

Starting left cornerback

2 Tackles

Brock Osweiler, QB - No. 17

Houston Texans

2009-11

Starting quarterback

25/39, 269 yd, 2 TD, 1 INT

Jaelen Strong, WR - No. 11

Houston Texans

2013-14

Second-team left wide receiver

1 rec. 36 yds. 1 TD

Shawn Lauvao, LG - No. 77

Washington

2005-09

Starting left guard

N/A

Rashad Ross, WR - No. 19

Washington

2011-12

Second-team left wide receiver; starting KO RET

N/A

Notes

Patriots rookie running back DJ Foster was active for the second week in a row and returned one kick for 30 yards in New England’s 35-17 win over the Bengals.

Foster has been active for three weeks and inactive for another three while a member of the Patriots. Despite their abundance of running backs, with Brandon Bolden out for consecutive weeks Foster has taken his place on the roster.

In Week 5, Foster was on the field for 12 of the Patriots' 80 snaps on offense and carried the ball six times for 17 yards against the Browns.