February 8, 2020
The Houston Roughnecks scored 25 unanswered points as the home team went on to win 37-17 over the L.A. Wildcats.
Roughnecks QB P.J. Walker stuffs the stat sheet, passing for 272 passing yards (23/39) and four touchdowns.
The undrafted OB out of Temple in 2017, Phillip “P.J.” Walker spent time on and off the Indianapolis Colts practice squad and signed two reserve/future contracts before ultimately being waived by the team for the third and final time in August 2019.
The 5-foot-11 Walker played under current Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule at Temple and led the Owls to back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2015 and 2016.
Walker is Temple’s all-time leader in virtually every passing statistic, including yards (10,668), touchdowns (74) and completions (830).
Roughnecks running back James Butler joined in on the touchdown fun for his second end zone-trip, and a Kahlil Lewis 2-point catch extends Houston’s lead to 37-17.
Wildcats WR Nelson Spruce became the XFL’s first 100-yard receiver with 11 receptions for 103 yards. Spruce managed to establish himself as a go-to target despite QB Charles Kanoff (21/40, 214 yards, TD, INT) having a poor night.
After playing in the preseason for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019, running back Elijah Hood took the field for the first time since last August, and contributed 12 carries, 43 yards and one insane hurdle on a short run in the second quarter. Hood played four preseason games for the Panthers in 2018 and spent time with the Oakland Raiders the year prior; he’s been hampered by injuries for most of his pro career.