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XFL roundup: Vipers force 3 turnovers, handle Brahmas

Field Level Media
02 Apr 2023, 11:40 GMT+10

Jalan McClendon threw two touchdown passes as the Vegas Vipers notched their second win, 26-12 over the visiting San Antonio Brahmas on Saturday.

McClendon was 21 of 31 for 264 yards, no interceptions and touchdown passes of 33 yards to Sean Price and 17 yards to Rod Smith.

The Vipers (2-5) outrushed the Brahmas 90-30 and had a 3-0 advantage in turnovers. Defensive back Deontay Anderson picked off one pass for Vegas.

For San Antonio (2-5), Fred Brown scored the game's first touchdown on a 1-yard pass from Kurt Benkert in the first quarter. Brown added a second TD on a 96-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.

Benkert was 22 of 31 for 179 yards, one TD and one interception. Jawon Pass was 2 of 6 for 32 yards.

Vegas led 19-12 at halftime, with the only points of the second half coming on John Lovett's 1-yard run early in the third quarter.

Guardians 37, Defenders 36

Quinten Dormady connected with Cody Latimer on a 44-yard touchdown pass with 8:50 remaining to give Orlando its first victory of the season while also handing D.C. its first loss.

Defenders kicker Matthew McCrane missed a 63-yard field-goal attempt with four seconds remaining. On their previous possession, Defenders running back Abram Smith had a costly fumble on Orlando's 33-yard line with 4:13 remaining.

Dormady threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns for the Guardians.

Smith rushed for 127 yards and a TD for the Defenders. His fumble was the only turnover of the game for D.C. Jordan Ta'amu threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns.

--Field Level Media

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