LOCALS IN THE NFL

Rams WR Puka Nacua Scores Touchdown On Fourth Down Against Saints

Dec 21, 2023, 6:47 PM | Updated: Dec 26, 2023, 3:36 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – Former BYU Cougars wide receiver Puka Nacua scored a touchdown on fourth down during the Week 16 NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints.

Puka Nacua converts 4th down for TD

The Rams hosted the Saints at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Thursday, December 21.

With 2:28 remaining in the first quarter and Los Angeles facing a 4th & Goal from the two-yard line of the Saints, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford connected with Nacua at the goal line for the game’s first points.

It was Nacua’s fifth touchdown reception of his rookie campaign.

Nacua’s catch capped a 14-play, 95-yard drive that took 7:56.

After the score, Nacua had two receptions for 19 yards and a touchdown.

The former BYU standout entered the contest with 87 receptions for 1,163 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Los Angeles’ game against New Orleans is broadcast on Prime Video.

About Puka Nacua

Before his college career, the Provo, Utah native played high school football at Orem High School. He finished his career with the Tigers as the owner of multiple state records.

Nacua helped the Tigers win back-to-back 4A state titles in 2017 and 2018.

After high school, the receiver attended the University of Washington and played a couple of seasons for the Huskies.

During his two years in Seattle, Nacua had 16 catches for 319 yards and three touchdowns.

After the 2020 season, Nacua returned home to Provo and transferred to BYU. He immediately became a star for the Cougars.

In 2021, Nacua hauled in 43 receptions for 805 yards and six touchdowns. Despite battling injuries last season, Nacua recorded 48 catches for 625 yards and five touchdowns in 2022. He also ran for 209 yards and five touchdowns in his final season at BYU.

Nacua finished his BYU career with a total of 91 catches for 1,430 yards and 11 touchdowns as a receiver. He added 39 carries for 357 yards and five touchdowns with his legs.

In April, the Rams selected Nacua with the No. 177 overall pick during the fifth round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

Kyle Ireland is a Sports Producer and Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com. He’s also co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Threads (@kyleirelandksl), Instagram (@kyleirelandksl). and X (@kyleireland).

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

Locals In the NFL

Jordan-Love-Green-Bay-Packers-NFL...

Chandler Holt

Five Locals In The NFL Looking To Have A Big Year In 2024

While some locals look to make a name for themselves, others will look to solidify themselves as top players at their position.

20 hours ago

Utah Utes Football Zack Moss Locals In The NFL...

Chandler Holt

Former Utah RB Zack Moss Attends RSL Game Against Atlanta

Former Utah Football standout Zack Moss was in attendance for Real Salt Lake's home game against Atlanta on Saturday.

10 days ago

Zack-Moss-Indianapolis-Colts-NFL...

Chandler Holt

Former Utah RB Zack Moss Speaks On NFL Start, Transition To Cincinnati

Former Utah RB Zack Moss joined the KSL Sports Zone to talk about his time in Indianapolis and whats next with the Cincinnati Bengals.

12 days ago

Zach-Wilson-Denver-Broncos-NFL...

Kyle Ireland

Former BYU Quarterback Zach Wilson Gets Engaged During Trip To Italy

Former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson got engaged to his girlfriend, Nicolette Dellanno, during a trip to Italy.

16 days ago

Green Bay Packers Utah State Aggies Locals In The NFL Jordan Love...

Chandler Holt

Former Utah State QB Jordan Love Announces Engagement On Social Media

Former Utah State Aggie and current Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love announced his engagement on social media on Sunday.

21 days ago

Zach Wilson Denver Broncos BYU game...

Chandler Holt

Zach Wilson Shows Off New Number, Hairstyle, Denver Broncos Uniform

It's been the summer of change for Zach Wilson and he has leaned into that trend in his first offseason with the Broncos.

21 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...

KSL Sports

Utah Hockey Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Want to get the latest info on Utah's newest sports franchise? Sign up for the Utah Hockey newsletter!

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...

KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Rams WR Puka Nacua Scores Touchdown On Fourth Down Against Saints