Bengals in the NFL: Last-second field goal lifts Marvin Lewis’ Bengals past Dirk Koetter’s Buccaneers
Throughout the NFL season, we’ll check in with former Idaho State football players currently in the NFL. Here’s an update after the eighth week of the regular season.
Marvin Lewis (1978-80)
Head coach Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals beat Tampa Bay 37-34 on Sunday thanks to a last-second field goal by kicker Randy Bullock.
The Bengals never trailed and led by as many as 21 points. Bullock’s game-winning field goal was a 44-yarder to answer the Buccaneers’ 18-point, fourth-quarter rally that tied the score 34-34.
Sunday marked the first meeting between Lewis and Tampa Bay head coach Dirk Koetter, a Pocatello native and Lewis’ former teammate at Idaho State.
Cincinnati (5-3) has a bye and hosts New Orleans on Nov. 11.
Dirk Koetter (1977, 79-81) and Evan Smith (2004-08)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay lost to the Cincinnati Bengals on a last-second field goal Sunday, 37-34 in Cincinnati.
The Buccaneers trailed 21-0 midway through the second quarter. Starting quarterback Jameis Winston was benched after throwing four interceptions.
Tampa Bay rallied with 18 straight points to start the fourth quarter and tied the game at 34-34 when Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to O.J. Howard with 1 minute, 5 seconds remaining. Bengals kicker Randy Bullock made a 44-yard field goal to win the game as time expired.
Former Idaho State offensive lineman Evan Smith played for the Bucs as a backup.
Head coach Dirk Koetter and the Buccaneers (3-4) play Sunday at NFC South rival Carolina.
Josh Hill (2009-12)
New Orleans Saints
Former Idaho State tight end Josh Hill did not record a catch for the Saints in Sunday’s 30-20 win at Minnesota.
Saints teammate Taysom Hill, who is a Pocatello native and BYU alumnus, completed his lone pass of the game for 44 yards. The former Highland High standout added three carries for minus-2 yards, one reception for 5 yards and two kick returns for 50 yards.
New Orleans (6-1) hosts the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.