CARSON, Calif. — Former North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick zipped his first NFL preseason touchdown pass for the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday night, Aug. 24, at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Stick scored two touchdowns in the Chargers' 23-15 loss against the Seattle Seahawks. Stick threw an 8-yard scoring pass to receiver Andre Patton with 9 minutes, 26 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.
"I started to look left and just didn't see anybody open," Stick said of the touchdown pass, according to a transcript on the Chargers website. "The line protected really well, I had all the time in the world. Andre did a good job or separating form his guy and made a play."
Stick's pass to Patton cut the Seattle lead to 23-9. Stick capped his performance with a 4-yard touchdown run that sliced the Seattle lead to 23-15 with 3:22 remaining.
"In the fourth quarter, I thought Stick came in and did a good job they way he led the guys down the field the way they competed," Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said.
Stick completed 12 of 16 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks. He also rushed for 14 yards and a touchdown on three attempts. He led the Chargers on their only two touchdown drives of the game.
"It's fun going in there and getting in the huddle," Stick said. "The guys did a really good job of helping me out. Fed off the crowd's energy and we were able to make a push there at the end."
The Chargers drafted Stick in the fifth round (No. 166 overall) of the NFL Draft in April. Stick was 49-3 as a starter for the Bison, capping his college career with back-to-back NCAA Division I FCS national championships. His 49 wins as a starter set an FCS record.
The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Stick has scored three touchdowns during the preseason. He rushed for a 31-yard touchdown in his preseason debut against the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 8.
Daniel Popper is the Charges beat writer for The Athletic: