Trent Murphy played high school football at Brophy Prep in the Phoenix area. On Sunday, No. 93 returned to his old stomping grounds at University of Phoenix Stadium, where he had played two high school championship games. In front of over 30 friends and family members, TM delivered his eighth sack of the season—further extending his career high. Unfortunately, he and his squad weren’t unable to secure a victory and fell to the Cards, 31-23.
Despite the personal significance of his homecoming, Trent was disappointed in the loss following the game.
“Anytime you get a sack, and disrupt the quarterback it can swing things your way, wish we could have taken advantage of it a little more. It’s a pivotal moment in the season. Would have been a big win on the road. Every game matters now. If you want to stay relevant, you’ve got to keep winning,” Trent said. “There are positives to take away. I got another sack in the books, I had over 30 family members here that were able to see the game, it’s just tough to take that loss on the road and have to take the long trip back.”
Arizona took a first quarter lead on a 1-yard run from running back David Johnson, who leads the NFL in touchdowns with 15. Washington knew how dangerous the tailback was entering the contest, making him a key of their defensive game plan.
“He’s a really good player and a great back,” Trent said of Johnson.
The Redskin offense answered with two field goals in the second quarter to make the score 7-6, before the Cards converted a field goal try of their own to take a 10-6 lead at halftime.
Following the break, Washington signal-caller Kirk Cousins led a five-play, 74-yard drive that culminated with him calling his own number to score a 1-yard rushing TD, putting his team up 13- 10. Sensing a momentum shift, Trent delivered his timely eighth sack on the ensuing Cards drive, bringing down Carson Palmer for a 10-yard loss that led to a missed Arizona field goal attempt.
“Used a cross-chop, you kind of cross-chop to his outside hand, dip low and get around the edge, and fortunately it was set up to work that play,” No. 93 commented.
Unfortunately, the Redskin offense fumbled on its next possession, leading to another Arizona touchdown. The Cardinals had retaken the lead, 17-13. Washington responded with a score of its own before Johnson tacked on another touchdown, this time through the air. Cousins and his offense responded with a field goal to make it a one-point game, 24-23, but that was the final Washington score of the contest. Arizona iced the game with another six points through the air, this time a pass to speedy receiver J.J. Nelson—before intercepting Cousins to end the contest.
“I think anytime we lose we’re underachieving,” said TM following the game. “I think the talent and potential that we have in the locker room when we’re playing together and playing hot, I mean I don’t know if there’s a team we can’t beat when we’re playing well. So, it’s frustrating when we come away with a loss.”
Washington will return to action next Sunday against the Eagles in a crucial divisional matchup. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.