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Barry Werner

Renegades edge winless Guardians in dreary XFL contest

After his Arlington Renegades downed the Orlando Guardians, 10-9, Sunday in XFL 2023 play, coach Bob Stoops was asked about the victory.

“Barnburner” the former Oklahoma coach said sarcastically after the low-scoring contest that saw the Renegades improve to 2-1 while the Guardians fell to 0-3.

Stoops wasn’t kidding.

Kyle Sloter threw for 124 yards and a TD in his first start for Arlington. The TD pass to Tyler Vaughns tied the game in the fourth quarter.

Stoops recognized there weren’t going to be many points scored and went for the 1-point conversion. The Renegades ran the ball in — there are no kicking PATs in the XFL — and Arlington held on for the victory.

Paxton Lynch threw for 219 yards and rushed for 43 in the loss as Terrell Buckley has yet to find a winning combination.

A last-ditch deep pass from Lynch to Charleston Rambo was completed but the receiver was unable to get one foot down inbounds.

The XFL plays by college rules and one foot in would have been enough to keep the drive going. It was not to be.


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