LOCALS IN THE NFL

Rams WR Puka Nacua Flies For 50-Yard Touchdown In First Playoff Game

Jan 14, 2024, 7:05 PM

Puka-Nacua-Los-Angeles-Rams-NFL...

Puka Nacua #17 of the Los Angeles Rams runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs at Ford Field on January 14, 2024 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY РFormer BYU Cougars wide receiver Puka Nacua scored a touchdown on a 50-yard reception during the first half of the NFL Wild Card playoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions.

Puka Nacua scores touchdown during NFC Wild Card game

The Lions hosted the Rams at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan on Sunday, January 14.

With 13:24 remaining in the first half, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford hit Nacua with a deep pass down the sideline. The former BYU star took it to the house for a 50-yard score and the Rams’ first touchdown.

Nacua’s touchdown cut Detroit’s lead to 14-10.

The score capped a six-play, 72-yard drive that took 3:07.

After the touchdown, Nacua had four receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown.

During the regular season, Nacua recorded 105 catches (ranks ninth in the NFL) for 1,486 yards (fourth in the NFL) and six touchdowns.

Los Angeles’ game against Detroit is televised on KSL 5 TV.

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

Kyle Ireland is a Sports Producer and Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com. Listen to Ireland on Yards After College: An NFL Podcast. Follow him on X (@kyleireland), Threads (@kyleirelandksl), and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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

Julian-Blackmon-Indianapolis-Colts-NFL...

Kyle Ireland

Colts Safety Julian Blackmon Announces Engagement To Former Jazz Dancer

Former Utah Utes and current Indianapolis Colts safety Julian Blackmon announced his engagement with a post on social media.

4 days ago

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

Kyle Ireland

Top Plays From Jordan Love During First Season As Packers’ QB1

Former USU standout Jordan Love seized his opportunity to be an NFL starting quarterback and became a rising star for the Packers in 2023.

6 days ago

Garett-Bolles-Broncos...

Michelle Bodkin

Garett Bolles In Attendance For Utah Basketball Game Against Colorado

The Runnin' Utes had Utah football alum Garett Bolles and his family in attendance for their game against the Colorado Buffaloes.

6 days ago

NFL-Scouting-Combine-Logo...

Kyle Ireland

How To Watch Local Players At 2024 NFL Scouting Combine

Multiple local college football products received invitations to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine as part of the pre-draft process.

9 days ago

Kiel-McDonald-Utah-Utes-Football...

Kyle Ireland

Report: Chargers Hiring Former Utah Coach Kiel McDonald To Lead Running Backs

The Chargers reportedly plan to hire former Utah running back coach Kiel McDonald to the same position on Jim Harbaugh's coaching staff.

9 days ago

Puka-Nacua-Los-Angeles-Rams-NFL...

Kyle Ireland

Top Plays From Puka Nacua During 2023 NFL Season

Here are the top plays made by former BYU and current Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua during his rookie season in the NFL.

12 days ago

Sponsored Articles

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!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

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 Flies For 50-Yard Touchdown In First Playoff Game