GLENDALE, Ariz. — Former North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick found the end zone during his NFL preseason debut Thursday night, Aug. 8, for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Stick bolted for a 31-yard touchdown run in a 17-13 loss against the Arizona Cardinals. He also completed 7 of 11 passes for 78 yards with an interception. Stick finished with 51 rushing yards on two attempts.
"Boy is that Stick or Doug Flutie? Holy cow," said one of the announcers on the television broadcast.
Stick's 31-yard scoring run capped an 87-yard drive and cut the Arizona lead to 17-13 with 7 minutes, 23 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.
Anthony Lynn on Easton Stick's 31-yard TD dash: “I saw him do it in college. He has that element to his game, where he can create, throw on the move, and he can run.”
Anthony Lynn on Easton Stick's 31-yard TD dash: “I saw him do it in college. He has that element to his game, where he can create, throw on the move, and he can run.”— Jeff Miller (@JeffMillerLAT) August 9, 2019
Stick discussed his performance after the game.
"It's part of my game and if something's not there, having the ability to tuck it and move the chains when we have to, it's just another thing that people have to defend," Stick said of his running. "Something, the way I've always played, so that was cool."
Stick finished his career at NDSU with a 49-3 record as a starter, the most wins by a quarterback in Division I FCS history. He passed for nearly 8,700 yards and rushed for more than 2,500 yards during his Bison career.
The Chargers drafted Stick in the fifth round (No. 166 overall) of last April's NFL Draft.
Eric D. Williams covers the Chargers for ESPN. Here is his reaction to the TD run.
Easton Stick with the 31-yard TD run. Dude's got juice.
Easton Stick with the 31-yard TD run. Dude's got juice.— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) August 9, 2019