NFL Cougar Highlights, Week 16
RAONALL SMITH Managing Editor
Posted Dec 27, 2005

FOR THE SECOND week in a row, Washington State alum Drew Bledsoe kept his Dallas' Cowboys post-season hopes alive by engineering another winning touchdown drive in the waning moments. Check out how the Walla Walla native and the rest of the NFL Cougars played -- including one gutty performance by Raonall Smith -- in our weekly highlights.

Hamza Abdullah, S, Denver, rookie: Declared inactive for Broncos’ 22-3 victory against Oakland.

Calvin Armstrong, OT, Philadelphia, rookie: No stats from the Eagles’ 27-21 fall to Arizona.

Drew Bledsoe, QB, Dallas, 13th season: Kept the Cowboys’ playoff chances alive by connecting on 15 of 23 passes for 209 yards, one touchdown and one pic in their 24-20 victory against Carolina. Tossed the game-winning touchdown with just 24 ticks remaining on the clock. Also ran the ball one time for zero yards. Stands to receive a $250,000 bonus should Dallas make the playoffs.

Erik Coleman, S, New York Jets, 2nd season: Tallied four solo tackles and assisted on five more during the Jets' 31-21 Monday night fall to New England. Recently named the team’s 2005 winner of the the “Kyle Clifton Good Guy Award.”

Devard Darling, WR, Baltimore, 2nd season: No stats from the Ravens’ 30-23 victory against Minnesota.

James Darling, LB, Arizona, 9th season: The Kettle Falls native posted four solo tackles in the Cards’ 27-21 defeat of Philly.

Jason David, CB, Indianapolis, 2nd season: Posted two solo tackles during Indy’s 28-13 loss to Seattle.

Steve Gleason, S, New Orleans, 5th season: Notched one solo defensive stop in the Saints’ 13-12 loss to Detroit.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 14th season: The Spokane native booted a game winning 39-yard field goal as time expired to give the Lions a 13-12 victory against New Orleans. Also connected from 21-yards and was true on his lone extra-point attempt.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo. 6th season: Connected on three of four field goal attempts (from 21, 22 and 24 yards) and all four extra-point tries in the Bills’ 37-27 upset of Cincy.

Rien Long, DT, Tennessee, 3rd season: No stats from the Titans’ 24-10 fall to Miami.

Rob Meier, DE, Jacksonville, 6th season: Posted three solo stops in the Jags’ 38-20 defeat of Houston.

Karl Paymah, CB, Denver, rookie: Recorded two solo tackles and one assist in Broncos’ 22-3 defeat of Oakland.

McKenzi (nee: “Jonathan”) Smith, RB, Kansas City, 2nd season: Did not play. Assigned to Chiefs’ practice squad.

Raonall Smith, LB, Minnesota, 4th season: Posted four tackles—including a sack—tow assists and a fumble recovery in the Vikes’ 30-23 loss to Baltimore. This despite being plagued by an abdominal injury.

Lamont Thompson, S, Tennessee, 4th season: Posted three tackles, one assist and an interception in the Titans’ 24-10 loss to the Dolphins.

Robbie Tobeck, C, Seattle, 13th season: Paved the way for another big rushing day for Shaun Alexander, as the Seahawks defeated Indy, 28-13.

Marcus Trufant, CB, Seattle, 3rd season: Tallied two solo stops and two assists in the Hawks’ 28-13 victory against the counterfeit Colts. Left the game in the first quarter with a lower back bruise. He won’t suit up next weekend but is expected to be ready for the playoffs.

Cory Withrow, C, Minnesota, 7th season: The Spokane native started for the Vikes in their 30-23 loss to the Ravens.

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