CO ICE Lose to Beef in Final Second
FORT COLLINS, CO - The ICE (3-3) had their victory snatched away in the final second by the Omaha Beef (5-2) Saturday, May 2, 2009, ending their three-game winning streak and generating a new heated rivalry between the two teams with the Beef winning 70-68.
Scoring went back and forth between the two teams the entire game. The Beef began the scoring right away with a 39-yard pass from QB James McNear to WR Mike Jones at the 14:30 mark. ICE RB Terry Washington answered with a 26-yard touchdown run at the 12:48 mark, making the score 6-6. DB Cortney Grixby of Omaha intercepted a pass from ICE QB Justin Holland at the 6:25 mark, running 15 yards into the endzone, making the score 13-6. ICE WR Cory Sleeth caught a 19-yard pass from Holland at the 5:16 mark, tying the score 13-13. Omaha answered with a 15-yard touchdown run by RB R.J. Rollins at the 2:23 mark and a 27-yard interception return by LB Spetlar Tonga at the 1:45 mark, making the score 27-13 Beef at the end of the 1st quarter.
Colorado started the scoring in the second quarter at 13:30 with a 25-yard field goal by K Rocky Stevens. Beef WR Allen Burrell caught a 8-yard pass from McNear, increasing the score to 34-16. ICE answered with a 2-yard pass from Holland to Sleeth at the 8:59 mark making the score 34-23. McNear connected with Beef WR Javon Bell at the 2:16 mark for another touchdown. ICE RB Eugene Reed ended the scoring of the first half at the 0:22 mark with a 4-yard run, making the score 41-30 Beef at halftime.
The ICE opened the 3rd quarter scoring at the 12:44 mark with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Holland to WR Justin Gallas, making the score 41-37. ICE DL Wayne Wilder gave the ICE their first lead with a 1-yard touchdown run at the 9:34 mark. With the score 44-41 ICE, Omaha K Ricky Lebeda tied the score at 3:53 with a 20-yard field goal. ICE regained the lead with Stevens' 44-yard field goal at the 1:16 mark, making the score 44-47.
The fourth quarter got intense with scoring literally going back and forth. Beef RB Rollins had a 2 yard run at the 11:46 mark, making the score 50-47 Beef. At the 9:54 mark, ICE RB Reed scored from 2-yards out, to put the ICE ahead 54-50. At 9:03 Beef QB McNear ran 16-yards for a touchdown, and at 8:22 ICE Gibson caught a 37-yard pass from Holland, allowing ICE to take the lead once more, 61-57. Omaha's Rollins answered with a 1-yard touchdown run at the 4:41 mark, but ICE answered with a 3-yard pass from Holland to Gibson with 44 seconds left, making the score 64-68 ICE. With 0:00.4 left on the clock, the Beef's McNear threw a 23-yard TD pass to Rollins in the endzone ending the game on a controversial play, followed by the Beef coaching staff running onto the field taunting and cursing the ICE home crowd. Final score 70-68 Beef.
The ICE take on Fairbanks Grizzlies for the second time this season this Saturday, May 9th at home. Kick-off is at 7 pm at the Budweiser Events Center.
The Colorado ICE are members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). All home games are played at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado. All ICE games are broadcast live on the Internet on the B2 Network (B2TV.com) and on the radio at Northern Colorado's ESPN affiliate KJUMP AM 870. Single, group, and season tickets for the 2009 season are available at the Colorado ICE headquarters by calling (970) 472-0128. Season ticket packages start at just $120 per seat and include all parking, ticketing, and facility fees.
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