Trey Lance's final college game was far from his best. But context matters here.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, North Dakota State played just one game in 2020. It essentially was a showcase for Lance, who already was a top draft prospect after one season, and all eyes were on the young quarterback. He wound up throwing his first and only interception in college, completed just 50 percent of his passes and threw for only 149 yards.
Adam Peters, the 49ers' top scout, assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel, sees the bigger picture.
"There was probably as much pressure on him in that game as anybody in any game except for maybe the championship game," Peters said to The Athletic's Matt Barrows. "It was really a one-off. You can’t throw it out, but you can weigh it less, I think.”
In the end, Lance actually found plenty of ways to impress Peters and Co. in a 39-28 comeback win over Central Arkansas.
North Dakota State trailed 20-18 going into the fourth quarter before Lance rallied the Bison to 21 fourth-quarter points. Two of the three NDSU touchdowns were scored by Lance -- one rushing and one passing. Even on a down day, he added 143 rushing yards and scored four total TDs -- two rushing and two passing.
"When it came to crunch time and he had to take the game into his own hands, that’s what he did. And he ended up making some big plays in the fourth quarter," Peters said to Barrows.
With Lance's ability to change the game through the air or on the ground, the 49ers know they can trust him when they're trailing once he takes over as the team's starting QB.