Atlanta Legends quarterback Aaron Murray (11) throws down field against the Arizona Hotshots Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Sun Devil Stadium in Phoenix.
Photo: Rick Scuteri/AP
Photo: Rick Scuteri/AP

Aaron Murray takes over at quarterback, leads Atlanta Legends to first win

The Atlanta Legends have a win.

Former Georgia star Aaron Murray replaced Matt Simms, who left Sunday’s game against Arizona in the first quarter with an unspecified injury. Murray took over an offense that had until then had two red-zone possessions end in turnovers.

Simms was hit hard on a strip-sack in the red zone. He was led into the  locker room and did not return.

Murray got the offense moving, leading Atlanta to a tough, 14-11, road win versus the Hotshots (2-2). It was Atlanta’s first win of its inaugural season.

 

The Legends began the scoring with the first safety in Alliance of American Football history, a tackle in the end zone by defensive back Ed Reynolds Jr. 

Legends running back Denard Robinson scored the first touchdown of the night, a nine-yard run that put the Legends up 8-0. 

 

Hotshots kicker Nick Folk hit a 39-yard field goal to end the half, cutting the Legends lead to 8-3. 

Arizona Hotshots quarterback John Wolford threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to his favorite target, wide receiver Rashad Ross, and then converted the two-point conversion, to tie the game 11-11 with 5:20 remaining. 

The Legends drove down the field in the ensuing drive, and kicker Younghoe Koo nailed a 33-yard field goal to win the game with less than 2 minutes to play. 

 

Murray completed 20-of-33 passes for 254 yards while also leading the team with 54 rushing yards on seven attempts.

The Legends (1-3) next face Memphis (1-3) Sunday, March 10 (4 p.m.) at Georgia State Stadium.

 

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