LOCALS IN THE NFL

Colts Safety Julian Blackmon Seals Victory With Interception Of Bengals QB Joe Burrow

Oct 18, 2020, 2:38 PM | Updated: 2:56 pm
Julian Blackmon - Indianapolis Colts...
Julian Blackmon #32 of the Indianapolis Colts intercepts a pass intended for Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Utah Utes and current Indianapolis Colts safety Julian Blackmon picked off Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow for a game-clinching interception.

The Colts hosted the Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday, October 18.

Cincinnati was down four points and driving in Colts territory when the rookie from Utah intercepted the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner on 3rd and 6 to clinch the game for Indianapolis.

The Colts finished the contest with a 31-27 result.

Blackmon ended the game with a pair of tackles, one pass breakup, and an interception.

It was the former Ute safety’s second career interception and it came in only his fifth NFL game.

Blackmon helped the Colts come back from a 21-0 first half deficit to win and improve to 4-2 on the season.

“We’re a team that can handle adversity,” Blackmon said after the win. “We can handle anything.”

Through five games, he has recorded 10 total tackles, six pass breakups, and two interceptions.

Next up for Blackmon and the Colts is a game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, November 1 at 11 a.m. (MDT). The game will broadcast on CBS.

Julian Blackmon at Utah

The Layton, Utah native started his college career at Utah in 2016. During his first season, he appeared in 9 games on special teams and four games on defense.

Blackmon’s sophomore season in 2017 saw him start in all 13 games at cornerback. He racked up 4 interceptions, 10 passes defended, 6 pass breakups, and 48 tackles. Blackmon was named second-team All-Pac-12.

In 2018 at cornerback, Blackmon started in all 14 games while leading Utah with 10 pass breakups and 11 passes defended. He also had one interception, 48 tackles, and 4 tackles for loss which led to him being named second-team All-Pac-12.

Last season in 2019 as a senior, Blackmon started in 12 games, missing the game against Idaho State and the Alamo Bowl. Blackmon had a Pac-12-best 4 interceptions along with 8 passes defended, 4 pass breakups, 60 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. The former Layton star had a pick-six against BYU in the season opener. He was named an All-American and first-team All-Pac-12.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Locals In the NFL

Dalton Schultz - Dallas Cowboys...
Kyle Ireland

Former Bingham TE Dalton Schultz Scores Thanksgiving Touchdown For Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz caught a game-tying touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders.
2 days ago
Taysom Hill - Turkey Leg...
Kyle Ireland

Top Performances By Local Players In NFL On Thanksgiving Day

Watch some of the top moments and plays made by local players in the NFL that have played on Thanksgiving.
2 days ago
Pick A Winner NFL...
KSL Sports

Pick A Winner: NFL Edition – Week 12

Make your picks for the 12th week of the 2021 NFL regular season.
3 days ago
Zach Wilson - New York Jets - Atlanta Falcons...
Trevor Allen

Jets QB Zach Wilson To Start Sunday Against Houston Texans

The New York Jets will start rookie quarterback Zach Wilson on Sunday when they battle the Houston Texans in the Lonestar state.
4 days ago
Steve Young - Monday Night Football...
Kyle Ireland

ESPN Shares Steve Young’s Special Connection With Cancer Survivor

ESPN's Jeff Darlington shared a story about Steve Young and his connection to cancer survivor Noah Reeb of Highland, Utah.
5 days ago
Jakob Robinson - BYU Cougars - Georgia Southern Eagles...
Kyle Ireland

BYU DB Jakob Robinson Earns Top Spot On Randy Moss’ ‘You Got Mossed’

Robinson earned the No. 1 spot on NFL legend Randy Moss' "You Got Mossed' segment during Monday Night Countdown.
5 days ago
Colts Safety Julian Blackmon Seals Victory With Interception Of Bengals QB Joe Burrow