The Alliance of American Football made it's grand debut this weekend and there were plenty of former Arizona State Sun Devils making an impact on the field.
Close to home, the Arizona Hot Rods, who play at Sun Devil Stadium, defeated the Salt Lake Stallions 38-22 on Sunday thanks to a pair of receiving touchdowns by wide receiver Rashad Ross. He made five catches for 103 yards and established himself as the Hotrods' No. 1 receiving option.
Ross' first touchdown broke a 8-8 first half time and with a field goal by former Arizona Wildcat Nick Folk, the Hotrods were up 19-8 in the second quarter. The Stallions closed the gap to three points with a 2-yard pass from quarterback Josh Woodrum to wide receiver Jordan Leslie with 13 seconds remaining in the half.
Ross' second touchdown in the third quarter capped off a 12-play, 85-yard drive kept them within a comfortable distance. The Hotshots outgained the Stallions 416-240.
Robert Nelson was one of two Hotrod defenders to intercept a pass from Stallions quarterback Josh Woodrum.
Arizona travels to Memphis in Week 2 of the inaugural season. Devin Lucien is the lone Sun Devil on the Express but was inactive in their loss to the Birmingham Iron.
Fleet fall to the Commanders
On his 26th birthday, former Sun Devil quarterback Mike Bercovici ushered in a new era of professional football in San Diego as the Fleet's starting quarterback. It was a memorable birthday but not the way he had in mind.
The AAF was introduced to the world at his expense when a blindside sack by San Antonio's Shaan Washington took his helmet clean off his head. The Fleet lost to the Commanders 15-6 on Saturday.
Bercovici completed 15 of 25 passes for 176 yards and two interceptions before being replaced by Philip Nelson, who didn't do that much better.
There may be a chance Bercovici gets a shot as redemption in their home opener against the Atlanta Legends.