Bear’s Tyson Bagent Beats Raiders In His First Career Start

Bear’s Tyson Bagent who played as quarterback to kick start his career, filling in for the injured Justin Fields helped to beat the Raiders 30-12 on Sunday. 

Bagent went to Martinsburg High School in West Virginia before attending Shepherd from 2018 to 2022. 

He was the starting quarterback for the Shepherd Rams as a freshman and in his first game with the team, he threw for 518 yards, going 36-for-54 with three touchdowns. 

He holds the NCAA record for most touchdown passes in a career (159) — a record for all divisions. 

He also holds the record for the most touchdowns responsible for in a single game (7), most games with 300+ passing yards in a single season (11), most passing yards in a single season (5,000,) and most touchdown passes in a career (159).

Bagent was not selected in the NFL 2023 draft, but he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Bears. 

He made his NFL debut in Week 6 at home against the Minnesota Vikings after Fields went out with an injury.

Speaking about his NFL career, Tyson knew his journey was going to pay off. 

“Yeah, oddly I always thought it was gonna happen,” Bagent said of having an athletic career. “I think really me and my dad were the only ones who thought this was gonna happen. After that, it was just figuring out how I could outwork everybody that maybe had more things than I did.”

He is also a two-time first-team DII All-American, Mountain East Conference (MEC) Offensive Player of the Week, and first-team All-MEC.

The rookie completed 21 of 29 pass attempts for 162 yards and a touchdown (97.2 passer rating) and rushed three times for 24 yards, including a 12-yard scramble on a second-and-11 in the third quarter to keep a drive alive that led to a touchdown and a 21-3 lead.

“He took what they were giving him,” wide receiver DJ Moore said of Bagent. “He stayed within himself, he didn’t go out and do nothing extraordinary and he stayed calm, collected. Did what he had to do.”