CHICAGO, Illinois — Former Sheperd University star quarterback and Martinsburg, West Virginia native Tyson Bagent got his first opportunity to start in the NFL and boy did he make it count!
Bagent, who broke the record for touchdown passes across all NCAA divisions with 159, got the start at quarterback for the Chicago Bears in place of Justin Fields today against the Las Vegas Raiders. Fields has a dislocated finger on his throwing hand and it’s unclear how long he will be out.
In his first start, led the Bears (now 2-5) to a 30-12 victory over the Raiders (3-4) at home. Bagent went 21/29 for 162 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions in his debut as the team’s starter. Bagent finished the game with a quarterback rating of 97.2. Bagent was not drafted, signing with the Bears as an undrafted free agent, and was 4th on the team’s depth chart to enter the season. However, he earned the position of backup quarterback to Fields in the offseason and is now the team’s starter while Fields is out with an injury.
BEARS WIN BEARS WIN BEARS WIN!!!
Chicago finally snaps their losing streak at home & Tyson Bagent gets his first win in his first NFL start! LETS GOOO! The whole team looked great!
— Bearsszn (@bearssznn) October 22, 2023