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Cody Wallace makes impression against Dolphins, Randy Starks in particular

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Steelers center Cody Wallace will be remembered for something after making the first start of his NFL career Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Randy Starks will certainly remember him.

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Steelers center Cody Wallace reached for a ball quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fumbled in a Week 14 loss to the Miami Dolphins and instead, grabbed two.

Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks is calling Wallace out for bush league tactics, claiming the newly minted Steelers starting center grabbed his restricted area while both players were in a pile fighting to recover the fumble. Starks didn't let go, despite Wallace's persuasive tactics, making a critical play for the Dolphins at a point Pittsburgh was looking to take control of the game.

Perhaps Wallace was fighting for the fumble. USA Today, among other outlets, has a GIF of the incident, and we'll let you postulate as to what Wallace's intentions were.

Wallace certainly isn't making history, Such scrums are known for such unholy activities, with horror stories ranging from the pro level to freshman football. Starks wasn't happy about it (not surprising), saying he didn't immediately know who the offender was, but was teased about it after watching it on replay on the plane flight back to Miami.

"It’s tough not to react," Starks said, according to USA Today. "I’m sure I would’ve did something and I would’ve got thrown out and then they would have understood. But I’m just glad I didn’t know who it was, because it might have got kind of ugly out there."

It was ugly out there, just not based on the specific actions of Starks. The Steelers lost the game, and essentially ending their playoff hopes for the 2013 season.

But Wallace, who picked up two penalties in his first career start, will be remembered for something, at least.