Green Bay Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive And Topples Nebraska 53-47
Derek Earls Returns Blocked FG as Time Expires
May 10, 2013 -
GREEN BAY, Wis.-The Green Bay Blizzard won its third consecutive game Friday night, defeating the top ranked team in the IFL Coaches Poll Nebraska Danger, 53-47, in front of 3,074 at the Resch Center.
After Blizzard running back Lucien Walker scored on third and goal from the one-yard line to tie the game with six seconds left, Nebraska had a chance to win the game with a field goal after a squib kick left the Danger with reasonable field position. Nebraska kicker Joe Houston lined up for what would have been the game winning field goal with three seconds left. Green Bay defensive back Kenny Viser came clean up the middle and blocked the kick and linebacker Derek Earls recovered the ball for his third recovery of the game and returned it for a touchdown as time expired.
Things looked promising for Green Bay in the early going with the Blizzard taking a 10-0 lead. A questionable call in the end zone early in the game, however, seemed to be a turning point as the Danger would go on 19-0 run after what initially appeared to be a B.J. Hill touchdown, was ruled an interception and touchback for Nebraska.
Danger running back Randy Bell, who played for the Blizzard in 2010, accounted for 81 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the first half. Bell led Green Bay in rushing during the 2010 regular season with 597 yards and 17 touchdowns in just 14 games.
Green Bay took a bit of momentum into halftime after Spencer Ohm found Charles Dowdell open for the touchdown with three seconds left, cutting the Nebraska lead to 26-17 right before half. This score was one of three during a 21-0 run controlled by the Blizzard moving into the third quarter.
After trading field goals, Nebraska found itself trailing 39-34 with just over eight minutes to play in the game. Danger Head Coach Mike Davis called an onside kick and Nebraska caught the Blizzard off guard as they recovered the ball and would later score the go-ahead touchdown.
B.J. Hill would score minutes later to give Green Bay a one point advantage, as he made it look easy on a 22-yard receiving touchdown from his quarterback. Ohm would finish the night completing 16 of 35 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns, despite throwing two costly interceptions. He also added a score on the ground and was the team's leading rusher with 39 yards on just eight carries.
Danger quarterback Jameel Seweel, another former Blizzard player, was a MVP candidate coming into Friday's game with 1,587 passing yards and 32 touchdowns, both good for first in the IFL. He would throw both of his touchdowns in the fourth and final quarter, after completing his first pass with just 6:10 left in the first half. His second touchdown pass came with 1:39 remaining in the game, as he found receiver Kayne Farquharson wide open down the sideline for a 29-yard strike, giving Nebraska a 47-40 advantage.
Ohm would calmly lead his team down the field en route to the Walker touchdown, and kicker Jered Fohrman drilled the PAT to tie the game, moments before the Blizzard earned one its most exciting and critical wins in franchise history.
Green Bay will take its three game winning streak into next Saturday when it faces the Cedar Rapids Titans (5-4), the same team the Blizzard defeated back in week 6 for its first victory of the season. The final game of the four-game home stand will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. at the Resch Center.