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BYU in the NFL - Week 12: Ziggy Ansah has career performance on Thanksgiving Day

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Another week of the NFL season is in the history books and it was an individually historic week for several former Cougars. Both Ziggy Ansah and Kyle Van Noy set new career highs in the Lions' big Thanksgiving Day victory over the Eagles.

Ansah's three and a half sacks in the victory are a new career high for the talented pass rusher. But Ansah didn't stop there, adding four tackles, two tackles for loss, three QB hits, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery to go with his impressive sack totals. Please Ziggy, don't hurt 'em.

Ansah's dominate Thanksgiving Day performance move him into second on the NFL sack leaders list and to the top of forced fumbles leaders. Ansah will also haunt the nightmares of Eagles' QB Mark Sanchez on Thanksgiving for years to come.

Playing a supporting role to Ansah on the Lions, Van Noy recorded a career-high three tackles of his own. Van Noy's performance also included a tackle for loss.

Here's how all the BYU alumni in the NFL performed for their respective teams in Week 12:

Dennis Pitta (Ravens) #88: Pitta is out for the season as he continues to recover from the hip injury he suffered last season.

Ziggy Ansah (Lions) #94: Ansah played 32 snaps, tallying four tackles, three and a half sacks, two tackles for loss, three QB hits, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in Detroit's 45-14 victory over Philadelphia.

Kyle Van Noy (Lions) #53: Van Noy played 35 snaps, recording three tackles and a tackle for loss in Detroit's 45-14 win over Philadelphia.

John Denney (Dolphins) #92: Denney played 11 special teams snaps, handling long snapping duties in Miami's 20-38 loss to the New York Jets.

Uani 'Unga (Giants) #47: 'Unga did not play in week 12 due to a neck injury that has kept him out of a number of games this season.

Dallas Reynolds (Giants) #61: Reynolds played 71 snap, but did not record any stats in New York's 14-20 loss to Washington.

Daniel Sorensen (Chiefs) #49: Sorensen played 22 special teams snaps, recording two tackles in Kansas City's 30-22 win over Buffalo.

Alani Fua (Cardinals) #59: Fua played 15 special teams snaps and recovered a fumble in Arizona's 19-13 win over San Francisco.

De'Ondre Wesley (Ravens) #77: Wesley played five special snaps and did not record any stats in Baltimore's 33-27 win over Cleveland.

Cougars currently on NFL practice squads: Rob Daniel (Packers) and Paul Lasike (Bears).