Vikings RB Matt Asiata rushes for 3 TDs in first career start

By Ryan Wilson |

Matt Asiata had a nice little coming-out party vs. the Eagles. (USATSI)
Saturday night, Matt Asiata was known to family, friends, a probably a handful of his Vikings teammates. But now, after starting for injured running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, Asiata is a household name, at least in NFL and fantasy football circles.

The former undrafted free agent out of Utah, who had three career carries coming into Sunday's matchup against the Eagles, ended the day with three rushing touchdowns as Minnesota whipped Philadelphia, 48-30.

Asiata managed just 51 yards on 30 carries (1.7 YPC) but no one thought he and Matt Cassel (26 of 35 for 385 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) would provide enough offensive to take down the high-powered Eagles while Adrian Peterson watched from the sideline in street clothes. But that's exactly what happened. (Of course it did -- welcome to the NFL.)

Some fun facts:

Who knows how long the magic lasts; Peterson could return to the lineup next week.

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