BYU’s all-time leading rusher Jamaal Williams had a professional first Monday night as the rookie scored his first NFL touchdown in the Green Bay Packers’ 30-17 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Love seeing Jamaal Williams get some touches... it's not garbage time for guys trying to make a name in league. 2 rec 31 yds, 1-yd rush TD pic.twitter.com/ebQGS6n34q— Dave Noriega (@davenoriega) November 7, 2017
Williams, the third-string back behind starter Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery, had 32 total yards on the Packers’ final drive of the game, after Green Bay had fallen behind 30-10 with 1:46 to play.
The former Cougar caught a short pass from Green Bay quarterback Brett Hundley on the first play of the 75-yard drive and gained 13 yards. Two plays later, Williams again caught a pass, this time for 18 yards to the Detroit 23 with under a minute to play.
Three plays later, the Lions were called for pass interference in the end zone as the game clock hit triple zeros, and the penalty gave Green Bay one untimed down from the 1-yard line. Williams got the carry, scoring up the middle on the game’s final play.
It’s the first time a former BYU player has scored an NFL touchdown since Dennis Pitta scored two touchdowns in Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins in 2016.
A look at how the other NFL locals did in Monday night’s game:
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU: Started at defensive end and had two solo tackles and a quarterback hurry on a fourth-day play, forcing a turnover on downs from Green Bay.
Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah: Had a solo tackle on a third-down play that forced a punt and a special teams tackle.
Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State: Started at cornerback and had three solo tackles.
Marwin Evans, S, Utah State: Had three tackles, including two solo stops and an assisted special teams tackle.
Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State: Had two assisted tackles and a pass deflection on a third-down play.
Devante Mays, RB, Utah State: Did not play.