Last night the Rush did the impossible as they went into Salt Lake City and walked out with a victory. Something that they failed to do against the Utah Blaze last year. The Rush who only won three road games all of last season have already won two this year. And in the process they have now won three in-a-row after starting the season with back-to-back home losses.
The game was a back and forth affair for pretty much the whole night. Both teams were tied at 28 at halftime, and when the second half began these two conference rivals continued to score at will. It seemed like defense on both sides would be left out in the cold. Especially when the Rush had a 56-48 lead with 2:57 remaining.
The Blaze managed to tie the game with a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Utah would try to take the lead on their next possession, but a big interception by Rush defensive back Jorrick Calvin would stop the Blaze momentum. Bob McMillen’s group would win the game with a last second field goal from kicker Jose Martinez. The Rush would be triumphant with a 59-56 victory.
Aside from Calvin’s interception, Rush linebacker Kelvin Morris had a pick as well. It was Calvin’s second INT of the season while Morris picked up his first. The Rush now have seven interceptions on the season all within the last few weeks. The Rush failed to grab any during the first two weeks of the season.
Defensive lineman Brian McNally and linebacker Tyus Jackson had a half sack each. The Rush now have four total sacks on the season, a category they also struggled in at the beginning of the season. The Rush defense continues to improve on a week to week basis. In the last two weeks the Rush have only allowed 70 points compared to the 139 total points they allowed in the first two weeks.
Of course we can’t forget about the offense as the Rush were once again in the drivers seat. Carson Coffman completed 22-of-37 passes for 275 yards and 5 touchdowns. Two of those touchdown passes went to “Big Play” Reggie Gray, he now has 12 touchdown catches on the season.
Rodney Wright also had two touchdown receptions as well giving him eight on the year. The other scoring catch went to receiver Jared Jenkins. The running game also continues to have a presence as fullback J.J. Payne had yet another touchdown run, he now has 5 scores and 47 yards on the 2013 campaign.
Credit must also be given to the offensive line as they only gave up one sack this week. The Rush now sport a record of 3 wins and 2 losses and they still hold first place in the Central Division. First place will be on the line this Friday when the Rush travel to Iowa to take on the Barnstormers one more time.
Iowa pulled off the upset over the Rush on opening night and will be looking to do so again. With the top spot in the division at stake this game has a little more meaning. For all things sports you can follow me on Twitter @GabeSalgado82 #Q101Sports