Cyclones in the NFL: Kelechi Osemele-Ahtyba Rubin battle didn’t disappoint in close finish


All four former Iowa State football players had terrific games in Week 3. Take a look at what happened between Kelechi Osemele vs. Ahtyba Rubin in Ravens-Browns, Leonard Johnson in the Tampa Bay beatdown, and A.J. Klein in the eventual Pittsburgh runaway.

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Ravens 23, Browns 21

— BAL: Kelechi Osemele stood out once again in a terrific day on the field, battling his former college teammate. From the Ravens blog on ESPN:

Left guard Kelechi Osemele and right tackle Rick Wagner stood out the most. The line didn’t allow a sack for a second consecutive game, but [Joe] Flacco was hit three times and was pressured early in the game.

— CLE: One of those hits came from Ahtyba Rubin, who also added four tackles (two solo). Even though Rubin got a lick on Flacco in Baltimore’s first drive, the QB was still able to hit Torrey Smith for an 18-yard strike.

Falcons 56, Buccaneers 14

— TB: Leonard Johnson recorded five tackles (three solo). His first came on Atlanta’s second drive of the game holding Julio Jones from picking up a first down on the first play.

The best tackle came in the second quarter, where Johnson stripped Antone Smith at the goal line and forced a fumble. Down 28-0, Tampa Bay picked it up and could have gained some sort of momentum, but they eventually punted and Devin Hester ran it into the endzone to make it 35-0 with 8:50 to go in the second quarter.

Johnson had three more tackles in the game; two more in the second quarter and then his final one in the 3rd quarter pushing Devin Hester out of bounds after the receiver picked up a 25-yard pass. The Falcons scored on a 40-yard pass to Jones to make it 42-0 as the rout continued.

Steelers 37, Panthers 19

CAR: A.J. Klein had five tackles (three solo). Three of those tackles came in the first drive, where Pittsburgh was  eventually forced to punt after an 8 play, 21-yard drive. Klein then had back-to-back tackles on Pittsburgh’s first drive of the second half, stopping Le’Von Bell on both plays and holding him to six total yards.

A Ben Roethlisberger incomplete pass on third down forced what people believed to be just a field goal, but an encroachment penalty ended up being costly. Antonio Brown immediately caught a 7-yard touchdown and the rout was on.