The Alliance of American Football continues to be exciting in the desert.
The Arizona Hotshots travelled to Memphis for their first ever road test. With the support of former Sun Devils, they came out of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium with a 20-18 victory on Week 2.
The Hotshots were down 12 points going into halftime. A 16-yard touchdown reception by former ASU wide receiver Rashad Ross in the third quarter sparked the comeback.
“We knew they were going to be a stout defense,” Hotshots quarterback John Wolford said. “In the second half, we started to get the running game going. Certainly not how we drew it up going into the game, but a win is a win.”
The Hotshots defense held the Express to only six points in the second half in order to make the comeback possible. Memphis quarterback Christian Hackenberg wasn't intercepted but the Hotshots forced him to fumble twice and held the former Penn State star to 102 passing yards.
Former ASU defensive stalwart Will Sutton tackled Hackenberg on fourth-and-1 with 3:29 left in the fourth quarter to secure the win for the Hotshots.
“Found out a little bit about my team. Kind of suspected we had that grit and resolve,” Hotshots head coach Rick Neuheisel said. “More really, really hard playing by our defense. Certainly mindful that we have got to fix a lot of things if we’re going to get to where we want to be.”
Arizona's next opponent looks a lot like its first. That's because the Hotshots are traveling to Salt Lake to take on the 0-2 Stallions in a Week 1 rematch, in which they won 38-22.