HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Another week, another win for former Saint Louis Crusader Tua Tagovailoa, who led the Miami Dolphins to a 29-21 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers — now 3-0 as Miami’s starting quarterback.
Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida was the site of the first battle between two of the league’s rising quarterbacks in Tagovailoa and LA’s Justin Herbert. The Ewa Beach native getting the better of the duo, finishing the game with 169 passing yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and the win, while Herbert was contained by the Fins defense.
The Miami D has been playing lights out since Tagovailoa took over under center, forcing a three-and-out in their opening possession on Sunday, then blocked a punt inside of Chargers territory — leading to Miami’s first score of the game with a 1-yard rushing TD by Slavon Ahmed.
The Fins would extend their lead late in the first quarter with a 3-yard pass from Tagovailoa to wide receiver Jakeem Grant.
The former Alabama sensation would get his second touchdown of the game in the third quarter, after a laser-pass to tight end Durham Smythe to give Miami a 26-14 lead.
After a 49-yard field goal by the Dolphins spread their lead to 29-14 late in the fourth quarter. Herbert and the Bolts would score the following drive on a 13-yard pass to Keenan Allen, but it was too little, too late and the Dolphins would head to victory formation.
The Dolphins are now 6-3 on the season, after winning their last five straight games, three of them with Tua as the starter.
Next Week, Miami hits the road to take on the Denver Broncos next Sunday, Kick off set for 11:05 a.m. Hawaii time on CBS.