Joey Mbu, Jayrone Elliott give Commanders’ defense its first TD: photo gallery

Commanders defensive lineman Joey Mbu and the San Antonio fans celebrate as he scores his third-quarter touchdown on a fumble return Sunday at the Alamodome. - photo by Joe Alexander
Commanders defensive lineman Joey Mbu and the San Antonio fans celebrate as he scores his third-quarter touchdown on a fumble return Sunday at the Alamodome. – photo by Joe Alexander
The San Antonio Commanders recorded their first defensive touchdown in franchise history in Week 2.

Here is the scene Sunday:

The Commanders had just boosted their lead to 21-17 over the Orlando Apollos in the third quarter after a Nick Rose field goal. The Apollos have a second-and-16 at their own 19-yard line.

Apollos quarterback Garrett Gilbert drops back in an obvious passing situation. Commanders linebacker Jayrone Elliott gets to Garrett from his backside, hitting Garrett in the right shoulder and arm. Garrett, who was set to throw, has the ball jarred up in the air.

Joey Mbu, moving in from his defensive line position, gets around the pile of Garrett, Elliott and Apollos offensive lineman Aaron Evans. The 332-pound Mbu scoops up the ball and takes off for the end zone – setting off a celebration in the Alamodome.

The touchdown and the successful two-point conversion gave the Commanders a 29-17 lead with 8:10 left in the third quarter.

That, however, was the last time the Commanders scored. The Apollos put up 20 points in the fourth quarter to take a 37-29 victory.

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