Arlington Renegades, Coach Bob Stoops Win XFL Title 35-26

Head coach Bob Stoops captured his fifth championship between the college and professional ranks, while Perez took home game MVP honors. 

Saturday, May 13th 2023, 10:51 pm

By: CBS Sports


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The Arlington Renegades are the XFL champions, completing one of the most improbable playoff runs in football.

Just 4-6 entering the postseason and going through multiple quarterback changes throughout the season, the Renegades -- led by quarterback Luis Perez -- beat the heavily favored D.C. Defenders 35-26 for the XFL title. 

The Renegades, who entered the game as 8.5-point underdogs via Caesars Sportsbook, are the XFL first champion since the Los Angeles Xtreme won the title in 2001.

Perez, who started the season with the Las Vegas Vipers, was traded to Arlington in Week 7 as the Renegades had an outside shot at the postseason -- due to playing in a subpar division.

He completed 26 of 36 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday championship as the Renegades scored more than 30 points for the first time all season en route to the title. 

Arlington scored on all five first half possessions and never relinquished the lead, scoring on the first possession and leading wire to wire.

Head coach Bob Stoops captured his fifth championship between the college and professional ranks, while Perez took home game MVP honors. 

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