Cowboys in the NFL: Week 12
LARAMIE -- "You almost got me a couple times. You got me once."
Yes, Carl Granderson did sack his former Wyoming teammate Josh Allen on Thanksgiving night in front of a national television audience.
Yes, that quote above is what the Bills quarterback said to the Saints defensive end postgame as the two swapped jerseys at midfield.
The sack itself, well, it was a tad unorthodox.
The 6-foot-5, 261-pound defensive end blew around the edge, beating Buffalo's left tackle Dion Dawkins with the help of a forceful arm swat. When Dawkins knew he was beat, he pulled Granderson down by the back of the shoulder pads, forcing him to the ground -- and into the back of Allen's legs.
Here's how it went down:
For Granderson, that was his second sack of the season. He also has 16 tackles and a blocked punt in just eight games.
Allen completed 23-of-28 passes (82.1%) for 260 yards and four touchdown passes. He did throw a pair of interceptions, but added 43 rushing yards on eight attempts. Allen has now thrown for 3,071 yards and 25 touchdowns this season.
Granderson and Allen played in Laramie together from 2015-17. In their final game as teammates, Wyoming rolled Central Michigan 37-14 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho. Allen tossed three touchdown passes and was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
Granderson finished with five tackles and a sack in the blowout win over the Chippewas. He also scooped up a fumble and rumbled 58 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown.
By the way, the Bills cruised to a 31-6 victory in New Orleans.
Let's see how the other Pokes in the pros performed in Week 12:
Logan Wilson -- Linebacker -- Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals leading tackler racked up six more of those in a 41-10 rout of the rival Steelers Sunday afternoon in the Queen City. Logan Wilson now has 89 tackles in his second NFL season, to go along with a sack, 4.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions and a forced fumble.
Marcus Epps -- Safety -- Philadelphia Eagles
The former walk-on at Wyoming didn't register any stats in the Eagles 13-7 road loss to the Giants Sunday afternoon in the Meadowlands. Marcus Epps was on the field for just 14 snaps. Philly's safety has 47 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and three pass breakups this fall.
Andrew Wingard -- Safety -- Jacksonville Jaguars
Speaking of snaps, Epps' former running mate in Laramie, Andrew Wingard, was on the field for all 60 Atlanta Flacons plays Sunday in Jacksonville. He racked up five tackles in a 21-14 loss to the Falcons. Wingard now has 59 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack, an interception and a pass breakup through 11 games.
Tashaun Gipson -- Safety -- Chicago Bears
When Tashaun Gipson wasn't busy sticking up for his head coach Matt Nagy this week, he was taking part in what is almost a Thanksgiving tradition -- beating the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. The former UW safety tallied a pair of tackles in the 16-14 win in the Motor City. He now has 29 of those on the season to go along with an interception and a fumble recovery. The Bears -- and their embattles head coach -- are now 4-7. That victory over the Lions snapped a five-game skid.
Jacob Hollister -- Tight end -- Jacksonville Jaguars (Inactive)
Mike Purcell -- Nose tackle -- Denver Broncos (Active - no stats vs. Chargers)
Eddie Yarbrough -- Defensive end -- Minnesota Vikings (Active - no stats)
Austin Fort -- Tight end -- Tennessee Titans (Injured reserve)
Chase Roullier -- Center -- Washington Football Team (Injured reserve)
Tyler Hall -- Defensive back -- Los Angeles Rams (Practice squad)
Rico Gafford -- Wide receiver -- Denver Broncos (Practice squad)
Tanner Gentry -- Wide receiver -- Buffalo Bills (Practice squad)