After two agonizing home losses to start the season, the Rush hit the road with a lot of uncertainty on Friday night. It was their first road game of 2013 and the Rush had a ton of weight on their shoulders. They would go up against their division foes the San Antonio Talons.
The Rush lost both meetings to the Talons last year who went on to win the division. The Rush also had the burden of only winning three road games all of last season on them as well. But fear not, the Rush went on the road and did the unthinkable. They went to the Alamodome, and defeated San Antonio 48-41.
The Rush defense showed significant improvement from the previous two weeks, they held San Antonio to just three touchdowns in the first half. The Rush had a 28-21 lead at halftime. Bob McMillen’s group would continue to put on the pressure as they held the Talons to just one touchdown in the third quarter.
The Rush outscored the Talons 14-7 in the third quarter. The Talons would break through in the fourth as they outscored the Rush 13-6 and came within a hair of taking the lead. With 4:30 left in the game, Talons quarterback Rohan Davey threw a 12-yard-touchdown pass to wide receiver Burl Toler. The Rush led 42-41 and the Talons just needed the extra point to tie.
But the PAT was blocked by the Rush special teams unit, their second blocked PAT of the season. The Rush would finish the game with Carson Coffman throwing a 15-yard touchdown pass to fullback J.J. Payne. They attempted a two point conversion but it failed. The Rush defense would get a couple more stops to seal the deal.
The Rush would hang on to win, 48-41. Reggie Gray did not catch a touchdown, his first game without a score this year. Carson Coffman also had a rough night as he only completed 16-of-38 passes for 199 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also threw an interception and was sacked three times.
Rodney Wright was the leading receiver as he caught 6 passes for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns. The rushing game also chipped in as J.J. Payne, Rodney Wright, and Carson Coffman combined for 7 carries and 20 yards. Coffman had two rushing touchdowns in the game.
The defense also finally managed to get some turnovers, four of them to be exact. But they are still looking for their first sack of the season. Defensive back Joe Phinisee led the Rush in tackles with 9. The Rush can return home in a good mood as they have finally tasted victory.
They have a chance to get to the .500 mark with their second win of the season a week from Sunday when the winless Pittsburgh Power makes it’s way to Rosemont. It looks like the Rush are finally starting to get things together.