It had been a long time since Cardale Jones lost a game as a starting quarterback.
Jones, 27, had a rough day for the D.C. Defenders on Sunday afternoon. The former Ohio State quarterback threw four interceptions in his team’s 39-9 loss to the Los Angeles Wildcats in Week 3 of the XFL season. The loss dropped D.C. to 2-1 on the season, while L.A. picked up its first win.
This was actually Jones’ first loss as a starting quarterback since high school. Yes, you read that sentence correctly. Jones hadn’t lost a game as a starting QB in almost 10 years.
Jones was 11-0 as a starter at Ohio State, including a 3-0 streak during the 2014 postseason, in which he led the Buckeyes to the first-ever College Football Playoff national championship.
The D.C. Defenders quarterback did not start any games in the NFL. He led D.C. to two straight wins to open the 2020 XFL season.
Cardale Jones completed 23 of 37 passing attempts for 276 yards and two touchdowns with one interception today, and the D.C. Defenders improve to 2-0 to start the XFL season.
Jones still hasn't lost a game as a starting quarterback since he was in high school.
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) February 15, 2020
A loss was coming eventually, though, and it came in harsh fashion on Sunday afternoon.
Jones went 13-of-26 for 103 yards and four interceptions in the loss on Sunday. He added six carries for 19 yards and was replaced by backup QB Tyree Jackson with his team down by 36 points late in the fourth quarter.
D.C. is set to take on Tampa Bay next Sunday at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN2.