LOS ANGELES — Two former North Dakota State teammates squared off during an NFL preseason game Sunday night, Aug. 22, at SoFi Stadium.

Former Bison quarterback Easton Stick started for the Los Angeles Chargers against the San Francisco 49ers. Stick's former teammate Trey Lance entered the game in the second quarter in relief of San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo, who started the game at QB for the 49ers.

Stick and Lance both played in the second quarter for their respective teams. Stick completed 10 of 14 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown in the first half to help the Chargers build a 10-8 halftime lead. Lance completed 5 of 10 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown with one interception in the second quarter. Stick didn't play in the second half.

Lance was Stick's understudy during the 2018 season when Stick, who was a senior, led the Bison to a 15-0 record and a Division I FCS national championship. During his redshirt freshman season in 2019, Lance led the Bison to a 16-0 record and an FCS national championship. Lance was the No. 3 overall selection in the most recent NFL Draft, while the Chargers selected Stick in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

“How about North Dakota State? We’ve got Easton Stick starting for the Chargers and this No. 1 pick (Trey Lance) and don’t forget about Carson Wentz,” said former Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts on the NFL Network broadcast. “You talk about a quarterback factory, three in a row like that, and they never do anything but win games there for the Bison.”

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 Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) looks to pass the ball in the first half of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) looks to pass the ball in the first half of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports

Stick threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Joshua Palmer with 5 minutes, 49 seconds to play in the second quarter to give the Chargers at 7-2 lead after he was sacked for a safety earlier in the quarter.

“I hate to make a wild comparison, but isn’t this Joe Montana to Dwight Clark in ‘The Catch.’ I know it’s not, but it’s a heck of a play by Stick," Fouts said on the NFL Network broadcast.

Below are highlights, photos and reactions to Stick and Lance from Sunday's preseason game:

Stick connected with wide receiver Jalen Guyton for a 39-yard completion late in the second quarter.

A general overall view as Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) drops back to pass in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers SoFi Stadium. Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports
A general overall view as Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) drops back to pass in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers SoFi Stadium. Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports

Lance connected with wide receiver Trent Sherfield for a 41-yard completion late in the second quarter that set up a Lance TD pass to wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) scrambles in the pocket during the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) scrambles in the pocket during the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) in the pocket as he throws a touchdown pass to San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Travis Benjamin (17) in the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) in the pocket as he throws a touchdown pass to San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Travis Benjamin (17) in the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports

Lance zipped a 16-yard TD pass to wide receiver Travis Benjamin to give the 49ers a 15-10 lead with 5:01 to play in the third quarter. Lance completed 8 of 14 passes for 102 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Lance didn't return to the game after his TD pass to Benjamin.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) scrambles in the pocket before throwing a pass in the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA TODAY Sports
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) scrambles in the pocket before throwing a pass in the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) scrambles for a first down as he escapes the grasp of San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) scrambles for a first down as he escapes the grasp of San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) warms up before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium. The former North Dakota State QB made his first NFL preseason start. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) warms up before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium. The former North Dakota State QB made his first NFL preseason start. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) scrambles in the pocket before throwing a pass in the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) scrambles in the pocket before throwing a pass in the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) throws the ball in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium. Kirby Lee / USA Today Sports
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) throws the ball in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium. Kirby Lee / USA Today Sports

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) scrambles to get away from San Francisco 49ers defensive end Kentavius Street (95) in the first half of the game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) scrambles to get away from San Francisco 49ers defensive end Kentavius Street (95) in the first half of the game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) warms up before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium. The former North Dakota State QB made his first NFL preseason start. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick (2) warms up before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium. The former North Dakota State QB made his first NFL preseason start. Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports