Cardinals QB Kyler Murray has history in AT&T Stadium before MNF visit
A visit to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, stands above the rest of the Arizona Cardinals’ 2020 games.
It’s a Monday Night Football contest against the Dallas Cowboys, a Texas return for Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray. The latter attended Allen High School, less than 50 miles up the road from the Cowboys’ home stadium.
Murray will also be squaring off against former Oklahoma teammate CeeDee Lamb, the Cowboys’ 2020 first-round pick.
“Kyler will be fired up, that’s for sure,” Kingsbury said Monday. “He’s won some state championships there. I don’t know if he’s ever lost in that building.”
From the looks of it, he hasn’t.
In two college stops at Texas A&M and Oklahoma, plus a 43-0 career in high school that ended with three state titles in Jerry’s World, Murray just wins at AT&T Stadium, which in the past held the name Cowboys Stadium.
Allen 35, Lamar 21 – Dec. 22, 2012
Closing his sophomore year of high school, Murray put together a performance that signaled what was to come. Thinner in those days, he rushed for 143 yards, including 55- and 68-yard touchdown runs to set the tone for the game early on.
Murray only accumulated 49 passing yards, including a touchdown, and it was enough for him to push Allen High School to its first state title since 2008.
Allen 63, Pearland 28 – Dec. 21, 2013
The second state championship was about efficiency. Murray went 11-of-14 but for 280 yards (20 yards per attempt). Though he had an interception, he tallied four touchdowns.
He also rushed 13 times for 188 yards (14.5 yards per carry).
Allen 59, Keller Central 21 – Nov. 15, 2014
In the opening round of the 2014 postseason, the senior went 16-of-25. At 25.3 yards per attempt, he threw for 404 yards and six touchdowns, additionally rushing four times for 26 yards.
Allen 25, DeSoto 22 – Nov. 22, 2014
When Murray’s been off, he’s always at least brought the drama.
In the playoffs of his senior year, he made enough plays to steal one from another Texas powerhouse in the Region 1 showdown. He led his team on an eight-play, 64-yard drive to set up a 25-yard field goal as time expired, according to the Allen American.
It was far from a good game for Murray. He completed 7 of 23 passes for just 97 yards with a pick but rushed 25 times for 196 yards and three touchdowns. Here’s the play-by-play from the Allen American that shows Murray sometimes gets a little lucky in his gunslinging:
Regaining possession with 2:27 to play, senior Kyler Murray moved Allen past midfield after a downfield heave led to two DeSoto defensive backs colliding in midair on an interception attempt. The ball bounced off the DeSoto players and into the waiting arms of senior Jalen Guyton for a 40-yard gain that set Allen up just outside the red zone.
Murray weaved his way to the DeSoto 4-yard line, only to be sacked for minus-4 yards with roughly 14 seconds to play. In lieu of spiking the ball, Allen hurried its field-goal unit onto the field and in the closing seconds of regulation, Williams knocked home a 25-yarder to ice the team’s 39th consecutive victory.
Allen 47, Cypress Ranch 16 – Dec. 20, 2014
Murray’s final high school performance showed how elite of a pocket passer he’d become.
Going for Allen’s third title win in a row, Murray went 22-of-32 for 316 yards and five scores, adding 63 yards on the ground for the state title in front of 52,308 fans.
Texas A&M 28, Arkansas, 21 – Sept. 26, 2015
Losing playing time to current Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen at Texas A&M, Murray didn’t throw a pass but rushed five times for 27 yards in the win.
It was current Cardinals teammate Christian Kirk who stole the show, catching 44- and 20-yard touchdowns in the game. The second score came in overtime and gave Texas A&M the victory.
Two games later, Murray would take a starting role for the Aggies, and he held a significant role for three games. Both he and Allen opted to transfer out of coach Kevin Sumlin’s program at the end of the year.
Oklahoma 39, Texas 21 – Dec. 1, 2018
The Big 12 title game acted as a rematch for the Sooners and Longhorns, who had already met midseason in the Cotton Bowl.
Texas won the first game but not the second as Murray, who eventually won the Heisman, went 25-of-34 for 379 yards and three touchdowns while adding 10 carries for 39 yards.