STORM 77 - BLAZE 65

Final 

EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

Attendance - 6,014

Saturday, April 6, 2013 

Score By Quarters 

Team
1st 
2nd
3rd
4th
Total
Storm
7
21
29
20
77
Blaze
14
14
13
24
65

GAME RECAP

Adrian McPherson threw five touchdown passes and rushed for three more, and receiver Joe Hills set a franchise single-game record with 259 yards receiving as the Tampa Bay Storm claimed a victory over the Utah Blaze, 77-65. It was the second-straight victory for the Storm and first road win of the season. Tampa Bay improved to 2-1 on the season.

The two teams played to a 28-28 tie at the end of the first half. Keyed by a defense that forced a season-high five turnovers and a Demarcus Tyler safety, the Storm broke open the game with 29 points in the third quarter. Hills caught three of his game-high five touchdown passes during the third stanza as the Storm raced out to a 57-41 lead.

Hills hauled in 16 receptions in the contest.

McPherson finished 20-of-31 passing for 294 yards and ran nine times for 41 yards. Fullback Terrence Crosby rushed for three more scores on the night.

Storm defensive back Jean Fanor had a breakout performance defensively as he forced two fumbles and also intercepted Utah quarterback Tommy Grady. 

Team Stats

Storm 
 
Blaze
26
First Downs
22
53
Net Yards Rushing
6
14
Attempts
4
290
Net Yards Passing
344
31
Attempted
38
na
Completed
na
2
Intercepted
0
343

Total Net Yards 

350
2-2
Fumbles: No./ Lost
3-3
10/43
Penalties: Number/Lost
12/102
2-0
Interceptions: No./Yards
0-0
30:34
Possession Time
29:26
5-7
3rd Down Conversions
3-4
0-1
4th Down Conversions
1-1

Individual Player Stats

Storm    Blaze
Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT   Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT
Adrian McPherson 20/31 295 5 0   Tommy Grady 23/38 355 6 2
                     
Rushing ATT Yds TD LG   Rushing ATT Yds TD LG
Adrian McPherson 9 41 3 14   Ben Stallings 4 6 2 2
                     
Terrence Crosby 5 12 3 3            
                     
Receiving  REC Yds TD LG   Receiving  REC Yds TD LG
Joe Hills 16 259 5 36   Brandon Tompkins 8 127 1 40
Greg Ellingson 2 20 0 14   Aaron Lesue 7 103 2 26
Michael Lindsey 2 15 0 9   Mario Urrutia 5 90 2 27
            Chase Deadder 3 35 1 16
Kick Returns No. Avg. TD LG   Kick Returns No. Avg. TD LG
Michael Lindsey 3 42 0 19   Adrian Trevino 7 54.6 0 15
Joe Hills 1 2 0 2   Brandon Thompkins 3 28.3 1 53

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Time Scoring Play TBY-UTA
11:02 UTA - LESUE, Aaron 26 yd pass from GRADY, Tommy (TREVINO, Adrian PAT good) 0-7
8:28 TBY - MCPHERSON, Adrian 14 yd run (BONGARRA, Juan PAT good) 7-7
5:24 UTA - LESUE, Aaron 5 yd pass from GRADY, Tommy (TREVINO, Adrian PAT good) 7-14
3:08 UTA - Stallings, Ben 1 yd run (TREVINO, Adrian PAT good)

7-21

2nd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TBY-UTA
12:43 TBY - CROSBY, Terence 3 yd run (BONGARRA, Juan PAT Good) 14-21
9:34 TBY - CROSBY, Terence 2 yd run (BONGARRA, Juan PAT Good) 21-21
1:01 UTA -DEADDER, Chase 12 yd pass from GRADY, Tommy (TREVINO, Adrian PAT good) 21-28

3rd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TBY-UTA
12:12 TBY -HILLS, Joe 23 yd pass from MCPHERSON, Adrian (BONGARRA, Juan PAT good) 35-28
10:22 UTA - THOMPKINS, Brandon 40 yd pass from GRADY, Tommy (TREVINO, Adrian PAT good) 35-35
5:42 TBY - HILLS, Joe 5 yd pass from MCPHERSON, Adrian (BONGARRA, Juan PAT good) 42-35
4:15 TBY - TYLER, DeMarcus safety 44-35
3:49 TBY - MCPHERSON, Adrian 6 yd run (BONGARRA, Juan PAT Good) 51-35
1:41 UTA - URRUTIA, Mario 10 yd pass from GRADY, Tommy (2-pt conversion by GRADY, Tommy failed) 51-41
00:14 TBY - HILLS, Joe 36 yd pass from MCPHERSON, Adrian (BONGARRA, Juan PAT failed) 57-41

4th Quarter

Time Scoring Play TBY-UTA
8:29 TBY -HILLS, Joe 26 yd pass from MCPHERSON, Adrian (BONGARRA, Juan PAT good) 64-41
7:56 UTA - THOMPKINS, Brandon 53 yd kickoff return ((2-pt conversion by STALLINGS, Ben good) 64-49
5:58 TBY - CROSBY, Terence 1 yd run (BONGARRA, Juan PAT Good) 71-49
1:52 UTA - STALLINGS, Ben 2 yd run (2-pt conversion by LESUE, Aaron good) 71-57
00:56 TBY - HILLS, Joe 10 yd pass from MCPHERSON, Adrian 77-57
00:30 UTA - URRUTIA, Mario 10 yd pass from GRADY, Tommy (2-pt conversion by THOMPKINS, Brandon good) 77-65

Game Notes

  • The Storm has continued its multi-rushing touchdown streak, increasing it to eight games.
  • The Storm has had a receiver with 100+ yards in 10 consecutive games.
  • The Storm held the Utah Blaze to 20 points over the 2nd and 3rd quarter combined.
  • Palmetto H.S. product, WR Joe Hills, has increased his streak of multi-touchdown games to seven.
  • Hills set a Storm single-game receiving yards record with 259.
  • Hills' 259 receiving yards are the most receiving yards in a single-game this season in the AFL.
  • Hills' 259 receiving yards put him in a tie with Siaha Burley for 3rd overall in AFL history.
  • Hills' 16 receptions are the second-most receptions in a game in Storm history behind DeAndrew Rubin.
  • Hills's 259 receiving yards and 16 receptions are career highs for him.
  • Hills 16 receptions on the night are the most receptions by a receiver in a single-game in the AFL this season.
  • Hills leads the league in receiving yards per game with 155.7.
  • Utah's Mario Urrutia is fifth in the league in receiving yards per game with 112.7.
  • Storm quarterback Adrian McPherson rushed for three touchdowns, and has now rushed for multiple touchdowns in three consecutive games… He now leads the AFL with 130 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
  • McPherson is number one in the league in total offense with 1,004 yards, 45 yards ahead of Spokane Shock QB Erik Meyer.
  • McPherson is the first player in the league to crack over 1,000 yards of total offense this season.
  • McPherson has thrown for 5 or more touchdowns in two consecutive games.
  • Storm defensive back Jean Fanor leads the league with three forced fumbles.
  • Fanor had two forced fumbles this game, matching the mark Deonte Bolden set last season versus the Cleveland Gladiators.
  • This is Fanor's second consecutive game with an interception.
  • Storm DB Chris Smith has had an interception in two consecutive games.
  • The Storm got its first sacks of the season behind Rodney Beamon and Demarcus "Tank" Tyler.
  • Storm DE RJ Roberts has recovered a fumble in two consecutive games.
  • Tampa Bay has had a forced fumble in two consecutive games.
  • Tampa Bay is now 16-2 when scoring more than 70 points in a game.
  • Tampa Bay is now 78-11 when scoring more than 60 points in a game.
  • Tampa Bay has scored the most points by any team this season with 77, also ties for the seventh highest in Storm history.
  • Tampa Bay is in the top three for rushing attempts this season, 15 versus Jacksonville, and 14 at Utah.
  • Tampa Bay is in the top-two for rushing TDs in a single-game this season.
  • Tampa Bay is tied for most fumbles recovered in a single-game this season (3).

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