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UFL Attendance: 6K Attend A Field Goal Fiesta in Houston

UFL Attendance: 6K Attend A Field Goal Fiesta in Houston
UFL Attendance: 6K Attend A Field Goal Fiesta in Houston

The 1-6 Houston Roughnecks hosted the 4-2 San Antonio Brahmas in this defensive struggle that saw numerous kicking accolades.

Per Mike Mitchell of Sports Illustrated, a little over 6,000 fans visited Rice Stadium in the nightcap of Sunday’s XFL-USFL cross-conference match.

Similar to the theme of the earlier contest, this game featured a battle between backup quarterbacks. San Antonio struggled against the Roughnecks’ pass rush, and starter Quinten Dormady was benched. The Brahmas pulled him in the fourth quarter in favor of the recently signed Kevin Hogan. San Antonio then marched downfield in just over 10 minutes to score the game-tying touchdown and three-point conversion.

The Roughnecks named former Tennessee star passer Jarrett Guarantano the starter heading into this game before he left due to a broken wrist. He bravely soldiered on through the injury before bowing out to starter-turned-backup Reid Sinnott. These two teams were defensively on their “A” game, causing numerous turnovers and offensive miscues.

The Importance of Special Teams pt. 1

J.J. Molson of the Roughnecks added to his lore by drilling a 62-yard field goal, adding to the UFL’s kicking renaissance. The field goal from a long distance gave him three 50+ yard successes on the season to date. It gave the Houston franchise a 9-3 lead it ultimately could not hold.

The Importance of Special Teams pt. 2

After tying the game at 12 in the dying minutes of the Lone Star State showdown, San Antonio came up with a large forced fumble on the ensuing kick return. The returner was questionable as to whether he touched the ground before fumbling the ball. Dean Blandino ruled that the evidence was in not in favor of an overturn.

The Importance of Special Teams pt. 3

Ryan Santoso walked it off with a dramatic 51-yard game-winning field goal for the Brahmas, who are in contention for the XFL crown.

What’s next for these teams?

As a result of today’s games, the Michigan Panthers have clinched the second seed in the USFL division. San Antonio remains fighting for the top seed in the XFL division with the Battlehawks. The Brahmas will host another Lone Star rival, Arlington, next Sunday. Houston continues its search for a second win to avoid the basement in their division against the red-hot Stallions on Saturday night.

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