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Roughnecks Remain Undefeated with 32-23 Win over Seattle

March 7, 2020 - XFL (XFL) - Houston Roughnecks News Release


Houston - The Houston Roughnecks rallied from an early 14-0 deficit and then from a 23-14 margin in the third quarter to defeat the Seattle Dragons 32-23 and remain the lone undefeated team in the XFL in front of a season-high 19,773 fans at TDECU Stadium.

The Roughnecks (5-0) scored twice in the final six minutes of the second quarter tie the game at 14. The first score came when Nick Holley caught a season-long 50-yard TD pass from P.J. Walker to make it 14-6. James Butler then scored with :13 to play in the half on a 1-yard run. Holley's two-point conversion on a pass from Walker tied the game at 14.

Seattle (1-4) opened the scoring in the third quarter on a 47-yard field goal by Ernesto Lacayo and quarterback B.J. Daniels rushed for one yard to give the Dragons a 23-14 lead with 8:56 on the clock. From that point on, it was all Houston.

Houston answered immediately when Butler scored his second touchdown of the game at 6:58. Then, Walker connected with Cam Phillips for the game's last two scores, a five-yard strike at 9:08 in the fourth and an 11-yard pass with 3:28 to play.

On Seattle's subsequent and last drive, Houston's DeMarquis Gates came up with his third-straight big play on defense. This time he recovered B.J. Daniels' fumble on 3-10 on the Houston 40-yard line. Last week in Dallas, Gates recovered a fumble on the Houston three-yard line and two weeks ago in Tampa, he intercepted Tampa Bay quarterback Taylor Cornelius to seal the victory.

Andre Williams's 13-yard rush up the middle on third and 10 gave Houston a first down with 1:31 to play and the Roughnecks were able to run out the clock for their fifth win of the season. Williams concluded the game with a season-high 54 rushing yards.

For the game, Houston totaled a season-high 444 net yards as Walker completed a season-high 27 passes for a season-high 351 yards. Also, Phillips had his second 100+ yard receiving game of the year with 122 yards on 10 receptions.

Seattle hosts Los Angeles next Sunday at 4 p.m. (PT).

Houston is in action next Saturday, March 14 when it plays at the New York Guardians inside MetLife Stadium. Kick-off is set for 1:04 p.m. (CT) and will be broadcasted on ABC.

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