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Kyle Van Noy called his own 3-sack game

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Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Brandon Allen (8) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Wilfredo Lee, Associated Press

Kyle Van Noy already had his own place in BYU Cougars lore for his one-man wrecking crew performance in the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl.

That night eight years ago, he scored two touchdowns on defense — one via interception, the other on a strip sack in the end zone — in the Cougars’ 23-6 win over San Diego State. His final stat line: a forced fumble and fumble recovery, one interception, a blocked punt, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and eight total tackles. 

On Sunday, the former BYU linebacker had another eye-popping game in helping the Miami Dolphins beat the Cincinnati Bengals 19-7. This time, Van Noy had three sacks, five tackles for loss and a team-high eight total tackles, to go with three quarterback hurries and a pass deflection.

It gets better. Van Noy actually called his own three-sack day.

“I called my shot. I told wifey (wife Marissa) the night before, I told her the time I woke up, and I told the players on the bench, and luckily I was mic’d up, so they got to actually get it in real life,” Van Noy said Monday during an appearance on the “Pat McAfee Show.”

“I said I’m about to get a 3 piece today.”

Van Noy’s first sack came in the second quarter, when he dropped Cincinnati quarterback Brandon Allen for a 2-yard loss on a third-and-2 play, forcing the Bengals to punt.

His second came during the third quarter, just a few plays after Miami had increased its lead to 16-7 on a field goal. Again, Van Noy sacked Allen on a third-down play, this time for a 9-yard loss on third-and-11 play deep in Bengals territory.

Van Noy’s final sack, like the other two, came on third down. This time, he dropped quarterback Ryan Finley, who replaced Allen one play prior, for a 7-yard loss on a third-and-11 play midway through the fourth quarter.

To cap off an already momentous day, Van Noy tipped a Finley pass inside the Dolphins red zone with under two minutes to play and teammate Nik Needham picked it off, extinguishing the Bengals’ last hope for a comeback. From there, Miami ran out the clock and improved to 8-4. If the playoffs started today, the Dolphins would be the No. 6 seed in the AFC, and they trail AFC East leader Buffalo by just one game after the win.

The three-sack day gives Van Noy six on the season, his first as a Dolphin.

Van Noy wasn’t the only Utah tie to have a memorable Week 13 of the NFL season. Here’s a look at each of the local ties on active rosters performed during the 13th week of the 2020 season:

Saints 21, Falcons 16

New Orleans

  • Kaden Elliss, LB, Judge Memorial High: Played as a reserve. 
  • Taysom Hill, QB, BYU: Started at quarterback, 27 of 37 passing, 232 yards, 2 touchdowns; 14 carries, 83 yards, 1 fumble lost (3 fumbles total).

  • Marcus Williams, FS, Utah: Started at free safety, 7 tackles, 1 pass deflection.


  • No locals on roster.

Lions 34, Bears 30


  • Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah: 1 special teams tackle.
  • John Penisini, DT, Utah, Snow College and West Jordan High: Started at defensive tackle, 3 tackles (2 solo), 1 fumble recovery.


  • Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah: Started at cornerback, 4 tackles (3 solo), 1 pass deflection.
  • Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State and Weber High: Played 9 special-teams snaps.

Colts 26, Texans 20


  • Julian Blackmon, FS, Utah and Layton High: Started at free safety, 4 tackles (3 solo).


  • No locals on roster.

Dolphins 19, Bengals 7


  • Eric Rowe, S, Utah: Started at safety, 4 tackles (3 solo).
  • Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Started at linebacker, 8 solo tackles, 3 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, 3 quarterback hurries, 1 pass deflection.


  • LeShaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah: Started at cornerback, 8 tackles (4 solo).

Vikings 27, Jaguars 24


  • No locals on roster.


  • No locals on active roster.

Raiders 31, Jets 28

Las Vegas

  • Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: Started at running back, 16 carries, 50 yards; 1 reception, 1 yard.
  • Andre James, OT, Herriman High: Played as a reserve.
  • Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State: 3 solo tackles.
  • Dallin Leavitt, S, Utah State and BYU: 2 tackles (1 solo), 1 pass deflection.

New York

  • Javelin Guidry, CB, Utah: 6 tackles (4 solo), 2 forced fumbles.
  • Harvey Langi, LB, BYU, Utah and Bingham High: Started at inside linebacker, 8 tackles (4 solo).

Browns 41, Titans 35


  • Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU: 4 tackles (2 solo, 1 solo special teams, 1 special teams assisted).


  • No locals on roster.

Rams 38, Cardinals 28

Los Angeles

  • Matt Gay, K, Utah and Orem High: 1 of 2 field-goal attempts (made 39, missed 37), 5 of 5 extra-point attempts. 


  • Kylie Fitts, OLB, Utah: Played as a reserve.
  • Leki Fotu, DT, Utah and Herriman High: 2 solo tackles, 2 tackles for loss.

Giants 17, Seahawks 12

New York

  • Jackson Barton, OT, Utah and Brighton High: Not active for game.


  • Cody Barton, LB, Utah and Brighton High: 1 special teams tackle.
  • Bobby Wagner, MLB, Utah State: Started at middle linebacker, 6 tackles (3 solo), 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass deflection.

Packers 30, Eagles 16

Green Bay

  • Jordan Love, QB, Utah State: Not active for game.
  • Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU: 5 carries, 26 yards; 2 receptions, 10 yards.


  • No locals on active roster.

Patriots 45, Chargers 0

New England

  • No locals on roster.

Los Angeles

  • Michael Davis, CB, BYU: Started at cornerback, 4 tackles (2 solo).
  • Alohi Gilman, S, Orem High: Played as a reserve.
  • Sam Tevi, OT, Utah: Not active for game.
  • Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State and Fremont High: Started at linebacker, 9 tackles (3 solo, 1 special teams assisted), 1 tackle for loss.

Chiefs 22, Broncos 16

Kansas City

  • Marcus Kemp, WR, Layton High: Played as a reserve.
  • Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU: Started at free safety, 5 tackles (3 solo), 2 quarterback hurries.
  • Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State: Played as a reserve.


  • Garett Bolles, OT, Utah, Snow College and Westlake High: Started at left tackle.
  • Tim Patrick, WR, Utah: Started at wide receiver, 4 receptions, 44 yards, 2 touchdowns.

Football Team 23, Steelers 17


  • Jared Norris, LB, Utah: 1 special teams tackle.
  • Alex Smith, QB, Utah: Started at quarterback, 31 of 46 passing, 1 touchdown. 


  • No locals on roster.

Bills 34, 49ers 24


  • Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State: Started at cornerback, 6 tackles (3 solo), 1 tackle for loss.
  • Zack Moss, RB, Utah: 3 carries, 9 yards; 1 reception, 5 yards.

San Francisco

  • Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Started at Mike linebacker, 6 tackles (3 solo), 1 quarterback hurry, 1 fumble recovery. 
  • Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah: 2 punts, 45.0-yard average, 1 inside 20.

Ravens 34, Cowboys 17


  • No locals on active roster.


  • Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah: Not active for game.
  • Francis Bernard, LB, Utah, BYU and Herriman High: Played as a reserve.
  • Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham High: Started at tight end, 4 receptions, 44 yards.