Former Iowa star Adrian Clayborn goes nuts, notches record six sacks in Falcons win

Tyler J Davis
Hawk Central

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott got real familiar with Falcons defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn.

Like, waaaay too familiar for any Cowboys fan's liking. 

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn (99) in the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The former Hawkeyes' standout recorded six sacks during Atlanta's 27-7 win over Dallas on Sunday. That's the most by any Falcons player of all-time and he became just the fourth NFL player to ever record six QB takedowns in a game.

He'd amassed 4.5 sacks in all of 2016.

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Adrian Clayborn (99) sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Zac Dysert (4) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Atlanta. This is the fifth sack of Clayborn of the game. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

You'll remember Clayborn from his memorable 2009 season in which he had 20 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks and ended the season as Orange Bowl MVP. Then, of course, there's the '09 Penn State game (more on that below).

Adrian Clayborn not only hassle quaterbacks and running backs, he even blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown during a Hawkeyes' game vs. Penn State.

He followed that year up with a 2010 season that included first-team all-American honors, first-team all-Big Ten honors and 7.0 tackles and 3.5 sacks despite seeing double- and triple-teams all season.

Just look at that quickness. Dallas' Byron Bell, who didn't get abused half as bad as Chaz Green, never had a chance on this one. 

As you'd imagine, the tweets — some of which came from Hawkeye fans — were almost as entertaining as the former first-round draft pick's performance.


It wouldn't be a Clayborn post without this gem. Watch Clayborn's blocked punt-turned-touchdown, which helped Iowa upset Penn State in 2009.

But back to the present.