The Last NFL QB With Four 4th Quarter TDs Was From Iowa
Unless you're a land-locked Miami Dolphins fan or a fantasy football participant, you might have missed a record-tying performance in the NFL this past weekend. Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw four, 4th quarter touchdown passes to lead the Dolphins to a comeback win over the Baltimore Ravens. He joined an elite list of NFL quarterbacks to accomplish the feat. The last NFL quarterback to do it? The pride of Maquoketa, Iowa!
We mentioned that Tua joined some pretty big names on the list of NFL quarterbacks to throw four touchdown passes in the 4th quarter of a game. I can't think of one bigger than Joe Montana. Kenny Stabler and Vinnie Testaverde also appear on the list. But another name will get the attention of Iowans, especially Iowa State Cyclone fans.
We're of course talking about Sage Rosenfels. Sage starred at Maquoketa High School in Eastern Iowa and then went on to be a three-year starter at Iowa State, according to Wikipedia. Rosenfels was drafted by Washington in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. Sage enjoyed an eleven-year playing career in the NFL starting for teams including Miami, Houston, Minnesota, and the Houston Texans. His record-setting performance came while playing for Houston in 2007.
Rosenfels and the Texans trailed the Tennessee Titans 32-7 heading into the fourth quarter. That was when Rosenfels went off. He led a furious 29-3 run with four, 4th quarter touchdown passes. He threw an interception in for good measure. He led Houston all the way back to take a 36-35 lead with just 57 seconds left in the game, according to Battle Red Blog. But in the NFL, a minute is an eternity. Tennesse drove down for an eventual game-winning field goal.
Rosenfels might not have won the game, but his name is forever etched into the NFL record book. Some people over the weekend called Tua closer to Rosenfels than Joe Montana. Lasting over a decade in the NFL? Sounds like a winning career to me.