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Recap: Houston Roughnecks 27, Dallas Renegades 20

Highlights: Houston Roughnecks 27, Dallas Renegades 20


WEEK 4: NY 17, LA 14 | STL 23, SEA 16TB 25, DC 0

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Throwdown felt like a hoedown with how much the Houston Roughnecks were recording takeaways.

Forcing five turnovers made up for a quieter offensive day than usual, but Houston (4-0) held on to defeat the Dallas Renegades (2-2) 27-20 Sunday at Globe Life Park.

The Roughnecks defense recorded three interceptions and recovered two fumbles -- including one returned for a touchdown. 

Dallas hung around until their final fourth-quarter drive. However, Landry Jones sustained an apparent injury to his left leg and had to be helped off the field. Philip Nelson took over, but Houston recovered a fumble near their own goal line to hang on and win by a touchdown.


Two Roughnecks defensive plays carried the day: Linebacker Edmond Robinson churned out a sack-strip-scoop-score I the fourth quarter.

Edmond Robinson does it all for the TD

The second was the game-ending takeaway by DeMarquis Gates:

Game. Over.


"We talk about those takeaways all the time. Our defense just kept hanging in there. We needed to score more points when we had our chances with those takeaways, but it’s a team game and did enough on each side of the ball to win and thats gonna be the start of a pretty good rivalry.”

Roughnecks head coach June Jones

“I thought the defense played exceptional today. They carried us in. Offensively, we played decent and we gotta play next week moving into the next week. Just play our game."

Roughnecks QB P.J. Walker


No surprise there.



Robinson had the game-breaking strip-sack-scoop, but cornerback Deatrick Nichols registered two of the three early interceptions against Jones.

Though Dallas shut down Cam Phillips, Walker and Nick Holley took advantage. The RB/WR was a magnet, seeing 10 targets and catching eight for 97 yards and a touchdown. 

Walker was quieter with his production but proved effective in finding what the defense gave him; Kahlil Lewis had 13 targets, and Blake Jackson contributed a score.


Flynn Nagel converted a key three-point catch in the third quarter and caught six of seven targets for a team-high 76 yards.

The versatile Lance Dunbar added 65 scrimmage yards to his score. Dallas continued to rely on a sound run game, which may become more important if Jones misses time.

Renegades discuss defeat

“I so appreciate the great fans that were out there this afternoon. We had a great crowd, great environment and we got to get them a win. Hopefully they hang in there with us. ... Just looking at the game I find it amazing that with two minutes remaining we were on the three yard line with a chance to tie the game or take the lead.” - Stoops

Renegades head coach Bob Stoops

“When you have an explosive player like that, it's about everyone really getting to the ball and for those secondary guys, it's about staying in your coverage longer because he can extend plays. Up front, we knew we had to disrupt him."

Renegades LB Greer Martini on trying to stop P.J. Walker


Up Next: Week 5

  • The Roughnecks travel back home for a West clash with the Seattle Dragons (1-3) that kicks off Week 5. Catch it on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. ET, on ABC.
  • Dallas hosts the New York Guardians (2-2) later in the day (Saturday, March 7, at 5 p.m. ET on FOX).

WEEK 4: NY 17, LA 14 | STL 23, SEA 16 | TB 25, DC 0