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NFL Week 3: Former Spartans Hoyer, Sims deliver in clutch


A pair of former Michigan State football players had the winning scores in the final minute of Week 3 NFL games.

Making just his second career NFL start, Brian Hoyer threw the game-winning touchdown pass to lift the Cleveland Browns to a victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Rookie tight end Dion Sims also was clutch for the Miami Dolphins, catching the game-winning touchdown pass in their victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Dolphins rookie tight Dion Sims (right) celebrates winning score with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)


Here’s a look at how former MSU players fared over the weekend.

Brian Hoyer, Cleveland – The third-string QB completed 30 of 54 passes for 321 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. His touchdown pass with 51 seconds remaining lifted the Browns to their first victory – a 31-27 win over the Vikings.

Dion Sims, Miami – His lone catch, a 1-yard touchdown reception with 38 seconds remaining in the game, was the game-winning score in the Dolphins’ 27-23 victory over Atlanta. It was his first career touchdown and helped Miami improve to 3-0.

Brandon Fields, Miami – Had three punts for an average of 51.7 yards with one landing inside the 20-yard line. His longest punt of the game was 56 yards.

Keshawn Martin, Houston – The second-year receiver had two catches for 35 yards, had two kickoff returns for 27 yards and two punts returns for 11 yards in a 30-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Kellen Davis, Seattle – The tight end had two catches for 31 yards in the Seahawks’ 45-17 win over Jacksonville.

Garrett Celek, San Francisco – The tight end had a catch for 30 yards in the 49ers’ 27-7 loss to Indianapolis.

Domata Peko, Cincinnati – Had two tackles, including a sack, in the Bengals’ 34-30 victory over Green Bay.

William Gholston, Tampa Bay – The rookie defensive end saw his first game action of the season and made a tackle in the Buccaneers’ 23-3 loss to New England.

KevinĀ  Vickerson, Denver – The defensive tackle registered a tackle in a 37-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night.

Johnny Adams, Buffalo – Saw action on special teams for the Bill likely to see more action on s in a 27-20 loss to the New York Jets. The rookie corner is likely to see action on defense when Buffalo faces Baltimore.

Previous weeks
NFL Week 2: A look at how former Spartans fared
NFL Week 1: A look at how former Spartans fared

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2 Responses to NFL Week 3: Former Spartans Hoyer, Sims deliver in clutch

  1. avatar SpartyOn says:

    I enjoy these updates, but I wouldn’t mind also knowing which Spartan alum were on NFL rosters but didn’t see playing time, just out of curiosity.

    • avatar Brian Calloway says:

      SpartyOn – Besides the above listed individuals, Le’Veon Bell (Pit.), Plaxico Burress (Pit.), Kyle Cook (Cin.), Drew Stanton (Ariz.), Kirk Cousins (Wash.) and Jerel Worthy (Green Bay) are also on NFL rosters. Bell, Burress and Worthy are all out with injuries. Cook is a center for the Bengals and has played for them.

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