Former University of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen will start for the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers, head coach Sean McDermott announced Tuesday.
Allen made his NFL debut in Buffalo's season-opening 47-3 loss to Baltimore, completing six of 15 passes for 74 yards off the bench. Nathan Peterman struggled as the Bills' starter, completing five of 18 passes for 24 yards with two interceptions -- giving him a passer rating of 0.0.
Allen is the first UW quarterback to ever throw a pass in the NFL. None of the three UW quarterbacks drafted before Allen recorded any NFL statistics. He will be the first UW quarterback to start an NFL game, Wyoming athletics confirmed.
The Bills drafted Allen seventh overall in April's NFL Draft, trading up to do so. Allen became the highest drafted player in UW history.
At Wyoming, Allen threw for 5,066 yards and 44 touchdowns with a 56.2 completion percentage in three seasons. He started for Wyoming in 2016 and '17, leading the Cowboys to 16 wins and a 2016 Mountain Division championship. Following the Cowboys' Potato Bowl win in December, Allen announced he would forgo his final college season to enter the NFL.