Kyler Murray has flawless history in AT&T Stadium ahead of Cardinals-Cowboys
Rolling in with three losses in a row, the Arizona Cardinals can hope a visit to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is as good as a therapy session.
For quarterback Kyler Murray, it’s as good of a place as any for him to feel comfortable, find answers and ultimately leave feeling damn good.
After posting a 43-0 career record in high school that ended with three state titles in Jerry’s World, two college stops at Texas A&M and Oklahoma, and in one game against the Dallas Cowboys as a member for the Cardinals, Murray is 8-0 at the building now called AT&T Stadium.
He makes another visit to the stadium for the 10-5 Cardinals on Sunday. With that, here’s a peek back at all of Murray’s previous games at AT&T Stadium.
Allen 35, Lamar 21 – Dec. 22, 2012
Murray attended Allen High School, less than 50 miles up the road from the Cowboys’ home. Closing his sophomore year there, 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, yet 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 passing. 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 Washington Football Team backup 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 — by the way, this was the first but not the only multi-touchdown game at AT&T Stadium in Kirk’s career. The second score came in overtime and gave Texas A&M the victory.
Two games later, Murray would take a starting job 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.
Cardinals 38, Cowboys 10 – Oct. 19, 2020
In Murray’s second NFL season, Arizona’s defense carried the team to a blowout win by forcing four turnovers, but the offense made it count with three red zone touchdowns in four tries.
Murray didn’t have the most accurate day, going 9-of-24 for 188 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard connection with Kirk, who had two receiving scores on the day.
The quarterback, however, took 10 carries for 74 yards and another score, part of a 261-yard rushing effort for the Cardinals.