Two hours before game-time between Orlando and Atlanta, traffic flowed freely and there were few visible signs that the league was about to make its debut at Spectrum Stadium on the campus of UCF, where the Apollos have chosen to play in a more intimate setting than the larger Citrus Bowl near downtown Orlando. Spurrier said. "They saw enough good plays after the first quarter or so, and we finally put on a little bit of a show". "But 20,000 is pretty good". Better than I expected.
Hackenberg told the paper: "I don't think I've ever thrown the football this good".
This was supposed to be Richardson's comeback, but the former Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts running back got off to a slow start with eight carries for 17 yards through the first half.
The Apollos quarterback Garrett Gilbert led the home team to a pair of touchdowns on two of the team's first three drives. The score was initially ruled incomplete but with the sky judge reviewing the play, the call on the field was reversed.More news: Huawei would accept European Union 'supervision'
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Orlando built a 22-6 lead at halftime and never looked back to win its season opener. He also caught a touchdown pass from Marshall on Orlando's own version of the famous "Philly Special". Akeem Hunt was the team's leading rushing with 73 yards on 10 carries.
Defensively, Orlando dominated Atlanta. The right tackle and left tackles seemed to be trying to hold on for dear life at times, leading to Atlanta having to chip the Orlando edge rushers with a tight end or running back. Be sure to go to there site and support them.
Overall, this game was a promising start for the league and Orlando. So he's been with the team since before its players arrived. Once an National Football League season comes to an end on the first Sunday in February, fans of the spot have to go months before any college or professional games occur. Every AAF game will be available to watch thanks to the league's media partners - CBS, Turner Sports, and NFL Network. Meanwhile, NBA games in February aren't usually must-see television. Singletary also has some offensive weapons to lean on, including quarterback Christian Hackenberg as well as running back Zac Stacy, who ran for almost 1,000 yards as a rookie for the St. Louis Rams back in 2013.