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CRUSH ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RESULTS YEAR-BY-YEAR PLAYOFF RESULTS 2003 RECORD: 2-14

PCT: .125

PLACE: 4TH, WESTERN DIVISION

PLAYOFFS

DID NOT QUALIFY FOR PLAYOFFS

2004 RECORD: 11-5

PCT: .688

PLACE: 2ND, CENTRAL DIVISION

Playoff Seed: 5th AFL QUARTERFINALS 6/6/04

#5 Colorado 47, @ #4 New Orleans 44

New Orleans Arena (att. 14,369)

AFL SEMIFINALS 6/13/04

#5 Colorado 41, @ #1 Arizona 45

America West Arena (att. 13,151)

2005 RECORD: 10-6

PCT: .625

PLACE: 1ST, CENTRAL DIVISION

Playoff Seed: 1st AFL DIVISIONAL ROUND 5/29/05

#4 San Jose 48, @ #1 Colorado 56

Pepsi Center (att. 13,315)

AFL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP 6/5/05

#3 Chicago 43, @ #1 Colorado 49 OT

Pepsi Center (att. 13,719)

ARENABOWL XIX 6/12/05

#1 Georgia 48 vs. #1 Colorado 51

Thomas & Mack Center (att. 10, 822)

2006 RECORD: 11-5

PCT: .688

PLACE: 1ST, CENTRAL DIVISION

Playoff Seed: 1st AFL DIVISIONAL ROUND 5/28/06

#5 Chicago 63, @ #1 Colorado 46

Pepsi Center (att. 13,258)

2007 RECORD: 8-8

PCT:.500

PLACE: 3RD, CENTRAL DIVISION

Playoff Seed: 6th AFL WILD CARD ROUND 6/30/07

#6 Colorado 49, @ #3Kansas City 42

Kemper Arena (att. 9,539)

AFL DIVISIONAL ROUND 7/7/07

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#6 Colorado 67, @ #1San Jose 76

HP Pavilion (att. 12,719)


CRUSH ALL-TIME PLAYOFF HIGHS AND LOWS CRUSH HIGH 67 @ San Jose, 7/7/07 35 @ San Jose, 7/7/07 32 (2) last: @ San Jose 7/7/07 28 @ San Jose, 7/7/07 10 @ San Jose, 7/7/07 410, @ San Jose, 7/7/07 55 @ Arizona, 6/13/05 8.9, (2) last: @ San Jose, 7/7/07 26, @ San Jose, 7/7/07 406, @ San Jose, 7/7/07 52, @ Arizona, 6/13/04 29, (2) last: @ San Jose, 7/7/07 8, @ San Jose, 7/7/07 12, vs. Georgia, 6/12/05 9, vs. Chicago, 5/28/06 3, vs. Georgia, 6/12/05 5.2, vs. Georgia, 6/12/05 161, vs. Chicago, 5/28/06 1 (7), last vs. @ San Jose, 7/7/07 1 (5), last vs. @ San Jose, 7/7/07 5, vs. Chicago, 5/28/06 8 (3), last @ San Jose, 7/7/07 57 @ Arizona, 6/13/04 8, vs. San Jose (56-48), 5/29/05

LOW 41 @ Arizona, 6/13/04 10 @ Arizona, 6/13/04 10, vs. Chicago, 6/5/05 0 (4), last vs. Chicago (1st), 5/28/06 5 @ Arizona, 6/13/04 233 @ New Orleans, 6/6/04 35, @ Kansas City 6/30/07 5.4 @ New Orleans, 6/6/04 18 (2), Last @ Kansas City 6/30/07 231 @ New Orleans, 6/6/04 29, vs. San Jose, 5/29/05 19, vs. San Jose, 5/29/05 3 (2), last vs. Georgia, 6/12/05 3, vs. San Jose, 5/29/05 3 @ Arizona, 6/13/04 1 (2), vs. San Jose, 5/29/05 0.5, vs. San Jose, 5/29/05 22, vs. Georgia, 6/12/05 1 (6), last vs. Chicago, 5/28/06 0 (3), last @ Kansas City 6/30/07 0 (2), last vs. Georgia, 6/12/05 4, (2), last @ Kansas City 6/30/07 25, vs. Chicago, 5/28/06

HIGH 76, @ San Jose, 7/7/07 34, @ San Jose, 7/7/07 42, @ San Jose, 7/7/07 28, @ New Orleans (4th), 6/6/04 11, @ San Jose, 7/7/07 396, vs. San Jose, 5/29/05 62, @ Kansas City 6/30/07 7.0 @ Arizona, 6/13/04 32 vs. San Jose, 5/29/05 392 vs. San Jose, 5/29/05 55 vs. San Jose, 5/29/05 34 vs. San Jose, 5/29/05 9, @ San Jose, 7/7/07 31, vs. Georgia, 6/12/05 11, vs. Chicago, 5/28/06 3, vs. Georgia, 6/12/05 5.2, vs. Georgia, 6/12/05 155, @ San Jose, 7/7/07 2, (2) @ Kansas City 6/30/07 2, @ San Jose, 7/7/07 2, vs. Georgia, 6/12/05 13, vs. San Jose, 5/29/05 76, @ San Jose, 7/7/07 17, vs. Chicago (46-63), 5/28/06

LOW 42, @ Kansas City 6/30/07 16 @ New Orleans, 6/6/04 14, @ Kansas City 6/30/07 0 (3), last @ Kansas City 6/30/07 3, vs. San Jose, 5/29/05 260 @ Arizona, 6/13/04 37 @ Arizona, 6/13/04 5.1 @ New Orleans, 6/6/04 17, vs. Chicago, 5/28/06 247 (2), last vs. Chicago, 5/28/06 34 @ Arizona, 6/13/04 20 (2), last @ Kansas City 6/30/07 4 (2), last @ Kansas City 6/30/07 -2 @ New Orleans, 6/6/04 3 @ Arizona, 6/13/04 1 (6), last @ Kansas City 6/30/07 -0.3 @ New Orleans, 6/6/05 7, vs. Chicago, 5/28/06 0 (3), vs. Georgia, 6/12/05 0 (3), last @ Kansas City 6/30/07 1 (5), last vs. Chicago, 5/28/06 6, @ Arizona, 6/13/04 29, vs. Georgia, 6/12/05

PLAYOFFS

Points/Game Points (1st Half) Points (2nd Half) Points (Quarter) Touchdowns Total Offense (Yards) Total Plays Yards per Play First Downs Passing Yards Pass Attempts Pass Completions Touchdowns, Passing Rushing Yards Rushing Attempts Touchdowns, Rushing Yards per Rush Kickoff Return Yards Interceptions By Sacks By Turnovers Penalties Penalty Yards Margin of Victory

OPPONENT Points Points (1st Half) Points (2nd Half) Points (Quarter) Touchdowns Total Offense (Yards) Total Plays Yards per Play First Downs Passing Yards Pass Attempts Pass Completions Touchdowns, Passing Rushing Yards Rushing Attempts Touchdowns, Rushing Yards per Rush Kickoff Return Yards Interceptions By Sacks By Turnovers Penalties Penalty Yards Margin of Victory

163


PLAYOFFS

CRUSH INDIVIDUAL PLAYOFF HIGHS CATEGORY Pass Attempts Pass Completions Completion Pct. Passing Yards TD Passes Longest Pass Passes Intercepted Receptions Receiving Yards TD Receptions Longest Reception Rushing Attempts Rushing Yards TD Rushes Longest Rush Most Yards from Scrimmage Kickoff Returns Kickoff Return Yards Kickoff Return for TD Longest Kickoff Return Most MFG Returns Longest MFG Return Combined Kick Return Yards Sacks Tackles Interceptions Interception Return Yards Interception Returned for TD Longest Interception Return Pass Breakups Fumbles Forced Fumble Recoveries Longest Fumble Return Field Goals Made Field Goals Attempted Longest FG Made Longest FG Attempted PATs Made PATs Attempted

164

CRUSH 52, John Dutton @ Ari., 6/13/04 29, John Dutton @ Ari., 6/13/04 78.4% (29-37), John Dutton @ SJ, 7/7/07 416, John Dutton @ SJ, 7/7/07 8, John Dutton @ SJ, 7/7/07 45, John Dutton vs. Geo., 6/12/05 2, John Dutton vs. Chi., 5/28/06 11, Brad Pyatt, @ SJ 7/7/07 159, Damian Harrell vs. Chi., 5/28/06 4, Andy McCullough vs. Chi., 6/5/05 45, Willis Marshall vs. Geo., 6/12/05 4, Willis Marshall vs. Geo., 6/12/05 12, Willis Marshall vs. Geo., 6/12/05 3, Willis Marshall vs. Geo., 6/12/05 7, Anthony Dunn vs. Chi., 5/28/06 195, Willis Marshall vs. Chi., 5/28/06 7, Willis Marshall vs. Chi., 5/28/06 141, Willis Marshall vs. Chi., 5/28/06 1, Kevin McKenzie vs. SJ, 5/29/05 56, Kevin McKenzie vs. SJ, 5/29/05 1 (2), last Delvin Hughley vs. Chi., 5/28/06 17, Ahmad Hawkins vs. SJ, 5/29/05 141, Willis Marshall, vs. Chi., 5/28/06 1.0 (3), last by Saul Patu vs. Chi., 5/28/06 14.5, Rashad Floyd vs. SJ, 5/29/05 1 (6), last Rashad Floyd vs. Chi., 5/28/06 14, Ahmad Hawkins @ NO, 6/6/04 1, Ahmad Hawkins @ NO (14 yds), 6/6/04 14 (TD), Ahmad Hawkins @ NO, 6/6/04 4 (4), last Rashad Floyd vs. Geo., 6/12/05 1 (2), last Delvin Hughley vs. Geo., 6/12/05 1, Ahmad Hawkins vs. Geo., 6/12/05 0 3, Clay Rush vs. Geo., 6/12/05 4, Clay Rush vs. Geo., 6/12/05 26 (2), last Clay Rush vs. Geo., 6/12/05 46, last Clay Rush vs. Geo., 6/12/05 8, Clay Rush vs. SJ, 5/29/05 8, Clay Rush vs. SJ, 5/29/05

OPPONENTS 55, Mark Grieb, SJ, 5/29/05 34, Mark Grieb, SJ, 5/29/05 73.5% (25-34), Shedrick Bonner @ Ari., 6/13/04 392, Mark Grieb, SJ, 5/29/05 9, Mark Grieb, SJ, 7/7/07 37, Mark Grieb, 5/29/05 1 (5), last Matt D’Orazio, Chi., 5/28/06 14, James Roe, SJ, 7/7/07 164, Bobby Sippio, Chi., 5/28/06 3 (3), last Derek Lee, Geo., 6/12/05 37, James Roe, SJ, 5/29/05 8, Matt D’Orazio, Chi., 5/28/06 30, Kevin Aldridge, Geo., 6/12/05 1 (8), last Matt D’Orazio, Chi., 5/28/06 27, Kevin Aldridge, Geo., 6/12/05 203, C.J. Johnson, Chi., 6/5/05 5, Siaha Burley @ Ari., 6/13/04 103, Siaha Burley @ Ari., 6/13/04 Has never happened 29, Siaha Burley @ Ari., 6/13/04 1, Troy Bergeron, Geo., 6/12/05 0, Troy Bergeron, Geo., 6/12/05 103, Siaha Burley @ Ari., 6/13/04 1.0 (2), last John Moyer, Chi., 6/5/05 11.0, Tony Lukins, Chi., 6/5/05 1 (4), last Jeremy Unertl, Chi., 5/28/06 45, Dennison Robinson, Chi., 5/28/06 1, Dennison Robinson, Chi., 5/28/06 45, Dennison Robinson, Chi., 5/28/06 6, Kelvin Hunter @ Ari., 6/13/04 2, B.J. Cohen @ NO, 6/6/04 2, DeJuan Alfonzo, Chi., 5/28/06 20, DeJuan Alfonzo, 5/28/06 3, Keith Gispert, Chi., 5/28/06 4, Keith Gispert, Chi., 5/28/06 53, Keith Gispert, Chi., 5/28/06 57, Derek Schorejs, SJ, 5/29/05 6 (2), last Keith Gispert, Chi., 5/28/06 8, Keith Gispert, Chi., 5/28/06


CRUSH PLAYOFF GAME-BY-GAME RECAPS 2004 AFL QUARTERFINALS – COLORADO 47, NEW ORLEANS 44 SUN, JUNE 6, 2004 • NEW ORLEANS ARENA, NEW ORLEANS, LA. • ATTENDANCE: 14,369 Player of Game Awards Offensive - Damian Harrell (COL)

Defensive - Ahmad Hawkins (COL) 1 0 6

2 17 10

3 16 0

NEW ORLEANS – The Crush’s defense scored nine points via an interception return and a safety and held New Orleans scoreless on 4 of their first eight possessions, allowing the Crush enough room to overcome three turnovers and escape with a 47-44 victory in the quarterfinal round of the AFL playoffs at New Orleans Arena. The defensive effort helped the Crush withstand a sluggish first half from the usually potent offense, which turned the football over on two of its first three possessions and accounted for just 10 points before halftime. The offense awoke following intermission, scoring touchdowns on four consecutive drives -- including three scoring passes from John Dutton to Damian Harrell -- to grab a 17-point lead. New Orleans trimmed the Crush’s lead to three points with two touchdowns in the last 48 seconds, but an onside kick with six seconds left failed, allowing the Crush to drain the remaining time to clinch a win in their first-ever postseason game. The VooDoo went 7-1 inside the New Orleans Arena in the regular season, and roused the crowd of 14,369 several times during

Ironman - Lamont Moore (NO) 4 14 28

Score 47 44

the game, particularly late in the second quarter when they scored 10 points in a 39-second span of the last minute before halftime to take a 16-14 lead. But the advantage was short-lived, as Dutton completed passes of 20 and 17 yards to Kevin McKenzie and Harrell, respectively, to set up a 19-yard field goal by Anthony Brenner. The kick gave the Crush a 17-16 halftime lead, and they never trailed after that. Harrell led the Crush receiving corps by snagging 10 of Dutton’s passes for 134 yards. McKenzie added six grabs for 60 yards. Ahmad Hawkins led the defensive charge with nine unassisted tackles and scored on a 14-yard interception return 2:43 into the second quarter. The victory puts the Crush in the AFL’s semifinals just one year after finishing their inaugural season with a 2-14 record. Colorado moves on to face the No. 1 seed Arizona Rattlers at America West Arena in Phoenix. Colorado was the only lower seed to win in the first round.

Team Qtr Time

Scoring Play

NOV COL COL NOV NOV COL COL COL COL NOV COL NOV COL NOV NOV

BAILEY, Aaron, 16 yard pass from FITZGERALD, John (SCHMITZ, Brian kick failed) MARSHALL, Willis, 1 yard run (BRENNER, Anthony kick good) HAWKINS, Ahmad, 14 yard interception return (BRENNER, Anthony kick good) MOORE, Lamont, 17 yard pass from FITZGERALD, John (SCHMITZ, Brian kick good) SCHMITZ, Brian, 23 yard field goal BRENNER, Anthony, 19 yard field goal HARRELL, Damian, 23 yard pass from DUTTON, John (BRENNER, Anthony kick good) FITZGERALD, John intentional grounding in endzone, Crush Team Safety HARRELL, Damian, 24 yard pass from DUTTON, John (BRENNER, Anthony kick good) BRATTON, Jason, 1 yard run (SCHMITZ, Brian kick good) HARRELL, Damian, 10 yard pass from DUTTON, John (BRENNER, Anthony kick good) MOORE, Lamont, 9 yard pass from FITZGERALD, John (SCHMITZ, Brian kick good) REDD, Robert, 3 yard run (BRENNER, Anthony kick good) RUMPH, Jacques, 3 yard pass from FITZGERALD, John (SCHMITZ, Brian kick good) RUMPH, Jacques, 15 yard pass from FITZGERALD, John (SCHMITZ, Brian kick good)

1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4

05:25 14:35 12:17 00:55 00:16 00:00 11:52 08:22 04:31 14:54 13:14 07:38 03:02 00:48 00:06

First Downs Rushes-Yds Pass Yds Att-Comp-Int Plays-Total Yds Avg/Play Kick Ret-Yds INT-Ret Fumbles-Lost Penalties Possession 3rd Dn Eff 4th Dn Eff Sacks By

4-45 8-30

2:00 5:15

5-29 8-24 3-37 6-44

3:09 0:39 0:16 3:08

5-44 7-33 2-12 9-48 6-25 4-38 4-31

3:51 3:56 1:18 4:58 4:15 1:36 0:23

0-6 7-6 14-6 14-13 14-16 17-16 24-16 26-16 33-16 33-23 40-23 40-30 47-30 47-37 47-44

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

TEAM STATISTICS COL 18 7-2 231 35-23-1 42-233 5.55 5-61 1-14 2-3 7-32 27:45 4-7 0-0 0-0

Drive TOP Score

NOV 23 8--2 305 51-29-1 59-303 5.14 4-55 1-5 0-1 8-45 32:15 3-10 3-5 1-8

COLORADO Passing DUTTON, John TEAM Rushing REDD, Robert MARSHALL, Willis PATU, Saul DUTTON, John Receiving HARRELL, Damian McKENZIE, Kevin MARSHALL, Willis REDD, Robert

C-A-I 23-35-1 0-0-0 Att 2 1 2 2 Att 10 6 4 3

Yds. 239 -8 Yds 4 1 0 -3 Yds 134 60 27 18

TD 3 0 TD 1 1 0 0 TD 3 0 0 0

NEW ORLEANS Passing FITZGERALD, John Rushing BRATTON, Jason FITZGERALD, John Receiving BAILEY, Aaron MOORE, Lamont RUMPH, Jacques GOOCH, Ira BRATTON, Jason HAMILTON, Aaron

C-A-I 29-51-1 Att 4 4 Att 11 10 4 2 1 1

Yds. 305 Yd 2 -4 Yd 140 100 30 16 11 8

TD 5 TD 1 0 TD 1 2 2 0 0 0

Interceptions: COL - HAWKINS, Ahmad 1-14 (TD); NO - COLEMAN, Calvin 1-5. Sacks (Yds): COL - none; NO - COHEN, B.J. 1-8.

165

PLAYOFFS

Score by Quarters Colorado Crush (12-5) NEW ORLEANS VOODOO (11-6)


CRUSH PLAYOFF GAME-BY-GAME RECAPS 2004 AFL SEMIFINALS – ARIZONA 45, COLORADO 41 SUN, JUNE 13, 2004 • AMERICA WEST ARENA, PHOENIX, AZ • ATTENDANCE: 13,151

PLAYOFFS

Player of Game Awards Offensive - Tom Pace (ARI) Score by Quarters Colorado Crush (12-6) ARIZONA RATTLERS (13-5)

Defensive - Kelvin Hunter (ARI) 1 0 14

2 10 3

Ironman - Hunkie Cooper (ARI)

3 21 14

PHOENIX -- The Crush rallied from a 17-point deficit to take a lastminute lead, but the team’s comeback fell short when Siaha Burley caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Sherdrick Bonner with 17 seconds remaining, allowing the Arizona Rattlers to defeat the Crush 45-41 in front of 13,151 at the America West Arena. Colorado’s season ends one game shy of ArenaBowl XVIII with a 12-6 record. Arizona moves on to its third consecutive ArenaBowl with a 13-5 mark. The Crush had a chance to win the game on the final play, as three consecutive passes from John Dutton to Kevin McKenzie allowed the team to advance from its 5-yard-line to the Rattlers’ 9yard-line in just 13 seconds. But a final end-zone pass from Dutton flew out of play, sealing the team’s first-ever playoff defeat. The loss nullified a stirring comeback necessitated when the team fell behind 17-0 early in the second quarter. The Crush went

4 10 14

Score 41 45

scoreless on its first three possessions while Arizona notched two touchdowns and a field goal on its first three drives, allowing the Rattlers to build a commanding edge. Matters began to turn when Colorado defensive specialist Rashad Floyd intercepted a pass in the end zone with 4:11 left in the first half. The Crush promptly drove 45 yards in seven plays for its first touchdown of the game, then tacked on a field goal at the end of the first half after Floyd successfully recovered an on-side kick 51 seconds before intermission. The Crush opened the second half’s scoring with a 1-yard John Peaua TD run that tied the game at 17-apiece, beginning a run of 7 consecutive TD drives for both teams. The Crush finally broke the run by stopping Arizona on downs with 5:28 remaining, but could only respond with a 26-yd field goal by Anthony Brenner, setting the stage for the last-minute Bonner-to-Burley score.

Team Qtr Time

Scoring Play

ARI ARI ARI COL COL COL ARI COL ARI COL ARI COL COL ARI

PACE, Tom, 6 yard pass from BONNER, Sherdrick (GARNER, Nelson kick good) TRENTADUE, Frank, 3 yard run (GARNER, Nelson kick good) GARNER, Nelson, 31 yard field goal HARRELL, Damian, 6 yard pass from DUTTON, John (BRENNER, Anthony kick good) BRENNER, Anthony, 18 yard field goal PEAUA, John, 1 yard run (BRENNER, Anthony kick good) GATEWOOD, Randy, 7 yard pass from BONNER, Sherdrick (GARNER, Nelson kick good) HARRELL, Damian, 39 yard pass from DUTTON, John (BRENNER, Anthony kick good) PACE, Tom, 19 yard pass from BONNER, Sherdrick (GARNER, Nelson kick good) HARRELL, Damian, 11 yard pass from DUTTON, John (BRENNER, Anthony kick good) BURLEY, Siaha, 23 yard pass from BONNER, Sherdrick (GARNER, Nelson kick good) MARSHALL, Willis, 4 yard pass from DUTTON, John (BRENNER, Anthony kick good) BRENNER, Anthony, 26 yard field goal BURLEY, Siaha, 13 yard pass from BONNER, Sherdrick (GARNER, Nelson kick good)

1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4

13:24 05:12 12:05 00:53 00:00 10:25 06:14 04:10 02:26 00:31 13:10 10:00 00:56 00:17

First Downs Rushes-Yds Pass Yds Att-Comp-Int Plays-Total Yds Avg/Play Kick Ret-Yds INT-Ret Fumbles-Lost Penalties Possession 3rd Dn Eff 4th Dn Eff Sacks By

AZ 19 3-4 256 34-25-1 37-260 7.03 6-95 0-0 0-0 6-48 29:57 1-5 1-2 0-0

COLORADO Passing DUTTON, John Rushing PEAUA, John YOUNG, Rich Receiving McKENZIE, Kevin HARRELL, Damian REDD, Robert MARSHALL, Willis

C-A-I 29-52-0 Att 2 1 Att 9 7 7 6

Yds. 325 Yds 3 3 Yds 82 118 80 45

TD 4 TD 1 0 TD 0 3 0 1

ARIZONA Passing C-A-I BONNER, Sherdrick 25-34-1 Rushing Att TRENTADUE, Frank 1 KELLY, Bo 1 PACE, Tom 1 Receiving Att PACE, Tom 9 BURLEY, Siaha 7 GATEWOOD, Randy 4 COOPER, Hunkie 2 BRYANT, Orshawante 2 KELLY, Bo 1

Interceptions: COL - FLOYD, Rashad 1-minus; 6; ARI - none. Sacks (Yds): none.

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2-41 5-39 6-17 7-45 7-28 7-45 5-24 2-44 2-40 2-11 2-33 2-11 8-18 5-38

1:36 3:58 3:34 3:18 0:51 0:00 3:04 0:41 0:45 0:58 1:36 1:34 4:32 0:34

0-7 0-14 0-17 7-17 10-17 17-17 17-24 24-24 24-31 31-31 31-38 38-38 41-38 41-45

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

TEAM STATISTICS COL 23 3-6 325 52-29-0 55-331 6.02 4-87 1--6 0-0 7-47 25:28 5-9 0-3 0-0

Drive TOP Score

Yds. 256 Yd 3 2 -1 Yd 110 69 48 15 10 4

TD 5 TD 1 0 0 TD 2 2 1 0 0 0


CRUSH PLAYOFF GAME-BY-GAME RECAPS 2005 DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF – COLORADO 56, SAN JOSE 48 SUN, MAY 29, 2005 • FRONTIER AIRLINES FIELD AT PEPSI CENTER • DENVER, CO • ATTENDANCE: 13,315 Player of Game Awards Offense - John Dutton (COL)

Defense - Delvin Hughley (COL) 1 21 14

2 14 14

DENVER -- The Colorado Crush defense came up with a pair of fourth-quarter stops -- including one with 42 seconds remaining -to preserve a 56-48 first-round Arena Football League playoff win over the San Jose SaberCats in front of 13,315 at Pepsi Center on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Crush (11-6) advances to the American Conference championship game, where the team will face the Chicago Rush, who defeated the Los Angeles Avengers in a concurrent game Sunday afternoon. The SaberCats saw their bid for backto-back ArenaBowl titles end with the loss; their season concludes at 9-8. Colorado turned back three years of frustration in the win -- the team’s first in five tries against the SaberCats. The SaberCats won the previous four meetings in the series by an average of 31 points, and had throttled Colorado 89-41 just 37 days earlier at Pepsi Center. The Crush served notice early that the shellacking of April would not be repeated. Wide receiver/linebacker Kevin McKenzie

Ironman - Kevin McKenzie (COL)

3 7 14

4 14 6

opened the contest with a 56-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Colorado’s defense subsequently notched the first of four stops by holding San Jose to three yards on a 5-play opening drive. The Crush then scored on a 37-yard touchdown pass from John Dutton to Andy McCullough to take a 14-0 lead just 4:55 into the game -- a far cry from the teams’ last meeting, when the SaberCats scored 35 straight points en route to a 56-14 halftime lead. Colorado would not trail until the 4:27 mark of the third quarter, when San Jose’s Barry Wagner scored on a 1-yard run to put the SaberCats in front 42-35. But that lead lasted just one minute and 47 seconds, as the Crush responded by tying the score on a Dutton pass to Willis Marshall. San Jose would never lead again. McCullough and Damian Harrell each broke the century mark in receiving yardage with 122 and 102 yards through the air, respectively. Each scored twice. San Jose‘s Mark Grieb three for 392 yards and six touchdowns in the loss.

Team Qtr Time

Scoring Play

COL COL SJS COL SJS COL SJS COL SJS SJS SJS COL COL SJS COL

McKENZIE, Kevin, 56 yards kickoff return (RUSH, Clay kick) McCULLOUGH, Andy, 37 yard pass from DUTTON, John (RUSH, Clay kick) DAVIS, Rashied, 21 yard pass from GRIEB, Mark (SCHOREJS, Derek kick) McCULLOUGH, Andy, 3 yard pass from DUTTON, John (RUSH, Clay kick) ROE, James, 37 yard pass from GRIEB, Mark (SCHOREJS, Derek kick) McKENZIE, Kevin, 1 yard run (RUSH, Clay kick) DAVIS, Rashied, 12 yard pass from GRIEB, Mark (SCHOREJS, Derek kick) HAWKINS, Ahmad, 32 yard pass from DUTTON, John (RUSH, Clay kick) WRIGHT, Rodney, 6 yard pass from GRIEB, Mark (SCHOREJS, Derek kick) ROE, James, 4 yard pass from GRIEB, Mark (SCHOREJS, Derek kick) WAGNER, 1 yard run (SCHOREJS, Derek kick) MARSHALL, Willis, 9 yard pass from DUTTON, John (RUSH, Clay kick) HARRELL, Damian, 38 yard pass from DUTTON, John (RUSH, Clay kick) ROE, James, 14 yard pass from GRIEB, Mark (SCHOREJS, Derek kick failed) HARRELL, Damian, 17 yard pass from DUTTON, John (RUSH, Clay kick)

1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4

14:46 10:05 08:10 04:27 03:04 13:00 06:37 03:30 00:50 12:31 04:27 02:40 13:39 09:15 06:08

First Downs Rushes-Yds Pass Yds Att-Comp-Int Plays-Total Yds Avg/Play Kick Ret-Yds INT-Ret Fumbles-Lost Penalties Possession 3rd Dn Eff 4th Dn Eff Sacks By

Drive TOP Score 1-37 3-45 4-41 2-45 7-43 9-45 4-45 5-45 4-45 5-41 2-19 1-43 6-45 3-44

0:21 1:45 3:08 1:12 4:28 5:47 2:33 2:00 2:29 3:01 1:10 0:39 3:38 2:31

7-0 14-0 14-7 21-7 21-14 28-14 28-21 35-21 35-28 35-35 35-42 42-42 49-42 49-48 56-48

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

TEAM STATISTICS COL 20 6-3 308 19-29-0 36-311 8.6 6-135 1-4 1-1 6-36 24:51 4-5 0-1 0-0

Score 56 48

SJS 32 4-4 392 34-55-1 59-396 6.7 1-22 0-0 1-0 13-76 35:09 2-7 1-3 1-7

COLORADO Passing C-A-I DUTTON, John 19-29-0 Rushing Att MARSHALL, Willis 2 McKENZIE, Kevin 2 Receiving Att McCULLOUGH, Andy 7 HARRELL, Damian 5 McKENZIE, Kevin 4 MARSHALL, Willis 2

Yds. 315 Yds 5 1 Yds 122 102 46 13

TD 6 TD 0 1 TD 2 2 0 1

NEW ORLEANS Passing GRIEB, Mark Rushing WAGNER, Barry BUCK, Kevin DOZIER, Joey Receiving WAGNER, Barry ROE, James WRIGHT, Rodney DAVIS, Rashied

C-A-I 34-55-1 Att 2 1 1 Att 10 9 9 5

Yds. 392 Yd 4 1 -1 Yd 94 120 96 70

TD 6 TD 1 0 0 TD 0 3 1 2

Interceptions: COL: HUGHLEY, Delvin 1-4; SJS: None. Sacks (Yds): SJS: JACOBS, Joe 0.5-4, HERNANDEZ, Sam 0.5-3; COL: None.

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PLAYOFFS

Score by Quarters COLORADO CRUSH (11-6, 1-0) San Jose SaberCats (9-8, 0-1)


CRUSH PLAYOFF GAME-BY-GAME RECAPS 2005 AMERICAN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP – COLORADO 49, CHICAGO 43 SUN, JUNE 5, 2005 • FRONTIER AIRLINES FIELD AT PEPSI CENTER • DENVER, CO • ATTENDANCE: 13,719

PLAYOFFS

Player of Game Awards Offense - Andy McCullough (COL) Score by Quarters COLORADO CRUSH (12-6, 2-0) Chicago Rush (10-8, 1-1)

Defense - John Moyer (CHI) 1 13 0

2 20 20

DENVER -- Andy McCullough’s leaping, 22-yard touchdown grab in double coverage 9:44 into overtime sent the Colorado Crush to ArenaBowl XIX via a 49-43 win over the Chicago Rush. McCullough’s score came after both the Crush and Rush had gone scoreless on their opening overtime possessions, sending the already memorable contest into sudden death. It marked the first time that an AFL semifinal game had ever gone to that point; only two semifinals before had ever gone into overtime. Colorado’s initial overtime chance had gone astray when Chicago’s Todd Howard intercepted a John Dutton pass in the end zone. Five plays later, Chicago’s Bob McMillen rambled around left end for a 15-yard touchdown that could have ended the game, but an offsides penalty on the Rush nullified the score. Two plays later, Rush kicker Keith Gispert was wide right on a 36-yard field-goal attempt, sending the contest into sudden death and setting the stage for McCullough’s heroics. The events in the final moments of regulation that set up the overtime bordered on the bizarre. The Crush thought it had the game won when Rashad Floyd intercepted a pass on the last play of regulation. But a flag flew, signaling pass interference against Floyd that nullified the play. As the flag sailed to the turf, so too did a blizzard of confetti, as the worker responsible was not aware of the flag amidst the cele-

Ironman - Willis Marshall (COL)

3 0 13

4 10 10

OT 6 0

Score 49 43

bratory ruckus among the 13,719 on hand at Pepsi Center. The game paused as Rush players brushed the confetti aside as if it was snow to give Gispert space with which to attempt a 17-yard field goal, which he nailed to force overtime. Even without the rare sudden-death overtime and the premature dispensing of celebratory paper, the game was one of the most memorable in Arena Football history. Colorado sprinted to a 20-0 second-quarter lead and had possession of the football with a chance to push the lead to four scores midway through the period, but John Moyer sacked Dutton, forcing a fumble that Rush wide receiver/linebacker Etu Molden recovered. Two plays later, the Rush scored its first touchdown of the game, and its rally was under way. Colorado managed to work its lead back to 20 points in the final seconds of the half, but Chicago narrowed the Crush edge to 33-20 at intermission after Philyaw found Molden for a 26-yard, “Hail Mary” completion off the right rebound net as time expired before halftime. The score sent the Rush on a 27-3 run that eventually gave them a 40-36 lead midway through the fourth quarter. McCullough made a leaping, 8-yard reception in the back of the end zone to put the Crush back in front 43-40 with 2:52 remaining. Chicago got possession once again and drove to the brink of the end zone before the wild confluence of circumstances at the end of regulation.

Team Qtr Time

Scoring Play

Drive TOP Score

COL COL COL CHI COL CHI COL CHI CHI CHI COL CHI COL CHI COL

HARRELL, Damian, 14 yard pass from DUTTON, John (RUSH, Clay kick failed) McCULLOUGH, Andy, 26 yard pass from DUTTON, John (RUSH, Clay kick) DUTTON, John, 2 yard run (RUSH, Clay kick) JOHNSON, C.J., 36 yard pass from PHILYAW, Raymond (GISPERT, Keith kick) McCULLOUGH, Andy, 8 yard pass from DUTTON, John (RUSH, Clay kick failed) MOYER, John, 5 yard pass from PHILYAW, Raymond (GISPERT, Keith kick failed) PEAUA, John, 1 yard run (RUSH, Clay kick) MOLDEN, Etu, 26 yard pass from PHILYAW, Raymond (GISPERT, Keith kick) JOHNSON, C.J., 10 yard pass from PHILYAW, Raymond (GISPERT, Keith kick) JOHNSON, C.J., 17 yard pass from PHILYAW, Raymond (ALFONZO, DeJuan rush failed) RUSH, Clay, 18 yard field goal COOK, Charlie, 1 yard run (GISPERT, Keith kick) McCULLOUGH, Andy, 8 yard pass from DUTTON, John (RUSH, Clay kick) GISPERT, Keith, 17 yard field goal McCULLOUGH, Andy, 22 yard pass from DUTTON, John

2-19 1-26 7-45 2-31 7-45 7-45 3-5 4-45 6-45 5-29 6-39 6-45 6-45 10-43 5-45

1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 4 OT

13:27 07:52 14:56 10:22 05:22 00:40 00:17 00:00 10:27 02:21 11:31 07:37 02:52 00:00 05:16

First Downs Rushes-Yds Pass Yds Att-Comp-Int Plays-Total Yds Avg/Play Kick Ret-Yds INT-Ret Fumbles-Lost Penalties Possession 3rd Dn Eff 4th Dn Eff Sacks By

168

6-0 13-0 20-0 20-7 26-7 26-13 33-13 33-20 33-27 33-33 36-33 36-40 43-40 43-43 49-43

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

TEAM STATISTICS COL 22 5-9 299 28-43-1 49-308 6.3 3-51 1-0 1-1 8-41 33:22 3-6 1-2 1-9

1:33 0:18 4:02 1:19 4:21 4:02 0:23 0:17 4:33 3:54 4:58 3:54 4:03 2:09 2:59

CHI 26 5-10 341 29-51-1 57-351 6.2 2-38 1-0 0-0 10-64 36:22 4-9 0-1 1-0

COLORADO Passing C-A-I DUTTON, John 19-29-0 Rushing Att MARSHALL, Willis 2 McKENZIE, Kevin 2 Receiving Att McCULLOUGH, Andy 7 HARRELL, Damian 5 McKENZIE, Kevin 4 MARSHALL, Willis 2

Yds. 315 Yds 5 1 Yds 122 102 46 13

TD 6 TD 0 1 TD 2 2 0 1

CHICAGO Passing PHILYAW, Raymond Rushing COOK, Charlie JOHNSON, C.J. PHILYAW, Raymond Receiving JOHNSON, C.J. MOLDEN, Etu McDANIEL, Jeremy SHAW, Russell

Interceptions: COL: MARSHALL, Willis 1-0; CHI: HOWARD, Todd 1-0 Sacks (Yds): COL: WATTON, Chris 1.0-9; CHI: MOYER, John 1.0-0

C-A-I 29-51-1 Att 2 1 1 Att 11 10 5 2

Yds. 350 Yd 6 3 1 Yd 162 124 43 16

TD 5 TD 1 0 0 TD 3 1 0 0


CRUSH PLAYOFF GAME-BY-GAME RECAPS 2005 ARENABOWL XIX – COLORADO 51, GEORGIA 48 SUN, JUNE 12, 2005 • THOMAS & MACK CENTER • LAS VEGAS, NV • ATTENDANCE: 10,822 Player of Game Awards Offense - Willis Marshall (COL)

Defense - Ahmad Hawkins (COL) 1 21 7

2 14 13

LAS VEGAS -- Clay Rush drilled a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give the Colorado Crush a 51-48 ArenaBowl XIX win over the Georgia Force at the Thomas & Mack Center on Sunday afternoon, giving the Crush its first-ever Arena Football League championship in just its third year of existence. Rush’s connection gave the Crush its final lead of a game in which the team never trailed, building an 11-point lead in the second and third quarters before withstanding a rally in which the Force forged three tie scores in the final period -- at 34-, 41- and 48apiece. The final deadlock came with 18 seconds remaining after Matt Nagy found Chris Jackson for a 20-yard score, but it left just enough time for the Crush to strike back. Colorado got the ball back with 18 seconds left at its 5-yardline, and quarterback John Dutton capitalized on man-to-man coverage to find wide receiver/linebacker Kevin McKenzie for a 37-yard reception that moved the Crush to the Georgia 8-yard-line. An illegal-hands-to-the-face infraction against Georgia moved Colorado to the Georgia 4, setting up Rush’s final-play kick. The last-minute heroics wouldn’t have been possible without a third consecutive strong start by the Crush. The Crush bolted to a 100 lead over Georgia after a touchdown run and a 20-yard field goal that

3 7 7

Scoring Play

COL COL GEO COL GEO COL GEO COL GEO COL GEO COL GEO COL GEO COL

MARSHALL, WILLIS, 1 yard run (RUSH, Clay kick) RUSH, CLAY 20 yd field goal NAGY, MATT 1 yd run (GARNER, Nelson kick) MARSHALL, WILLIS 4 yd run (RUSH, Clay kick) ALDRIDGE, KEVIN 27 yd run (GARNER, Nelson kick failed) MARSHALL, WILLIS 3 yd run (RUSH, Clay kick) THOMAS, ROBERT 2 yd run (GARNER, Nelson kick) HARRELL, DAMIAN 12 yd pass from DUTTON, JOHN (RUSH, Clay kick) LEE, DEREK 2 yd pass from NAGY, MATT (GARNER, NELSON kick) RUSH, CLAY 26 yd field goal LEE, DEREK 34 yd pass from NAGY, MATT (GARNER, Nelson kick) MARSHALL, WILLIS 45 yd pass from DUTTON, JOHN (RUSH, Clay kick) LEE, DEREK 27 yd pass from NAGY, MATT (GARNER, Nelson kick) HARRELL, DAMIAN 30 yd pass from DUTTON, JOHN (RUSH, Clay kick) JACKSON, CHRIS 20 yd pass from NAGY, MATT (GARNER, Nelson kick) RUSH, CLAY 20 yd field goal

12:18 04:42 00:42 11:56 05:42 00:52 00:29 07:53 03:01 12:03 09:19 07:57 04:47 03:35 00:18 00:00

First Downs Rushes-Yds Pass Yds Att-Comp-Int Plays-Total Yds Avg/Play Kick Ret-Yds INT-Ret Fumbles-Lost Penalties Possession 3rd Dn Eff 4th Dn Eff Sacks By

Drive TOP Score 5-45 9-34 6-35 6-42 4-40 7-45 3-10 3-37 6-37 8-36 4-29 2-45 4-39 1-3 5-45 3-42

2:42 6:21 4:00 3:25 2:14 4:03 0:23 1:34 4:11 5:19 2:44 1:09 2:28 0:29 3:18 0:18

7-0 10-0 10-7 17-7 17-13 24-13 24-20 31-20 31-27 34-27 34-34 41-34 41-41 48-41 48-48 51-48

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

TEAM STATISTICS COL 23 5-12 341 23-41-0 49-353 7.2 8-451 1-(-3) 0-0 7-34 31:15 3-8 1-2 1-5

Score 56 48

was set up by an Ahmad Hawkins interception on the Force’s first play from scrimmage. Colorado’s defense kept the Force in check early, recording stops on two of Georgia’s first three drives. The Crush opened the second half with another defensive stand when Rashad Floyd swatted away a fourth-down pass at the goal line 5:33 into the third quarter. In a rare reversal of Arena Football form, it was the ground attacks that dominated throughout the first half, as all six of the touchdowns in the game’s first 30 minutes came on runs. Colorado’s Willis Marshall ran for three scores in the first half, the most for one player in an ArenaBowl since Detroit’s Art Schlichter ran for four touchdowns in ArenaBowl IV. He also snared six passes for 111 yards and a score, and added four total tackles as he took away Ironman of the Game and Offensive Player of the Game honors. Colorado’s win was also a milestone for co-owners Pat Bowlen and Stan Kroenke, as each pulled off an NFL-AFL double for their careers. The Denver Broncos have won two Super Bowls under Bowlen’s stewardship, while Kroenke is a minority owner of the St. Louis Rams, who won Super Bowl XXXIV in January 2000. Crush CEO and co-owner John Elway also won his first ArenaBowl after earning a pair of Super Bowls as a Broncos player.

Team Qtr Time 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Ironman - Willis Marshall (COL) 4 14 21

GEO 20 3-31 242 24-36-1 43-273 6.3 8-461 0-0 1-1 7-29 28:45 2-4 1-2 1-6

COLORADO Passing C-A-I DUTTON, John 23-41-0 Rushing Att MARSHALL, Willis 4 DUTTON, John 1 Receiving Att HARRELL, Damian 8 MARSHALL, Willis 6 McKENZIE, Kevin 3 McCULLOUGH, Andy 3 HAWKINS, Amhad 3

Yds. 347 Yds 12 0 Yds 122 111 62 41 11

TD 3 TD 3 0 TD 2 1 0 0 0

GEORGIA Passing NAGY, Matt Rushing ALDRIDGE, Kevin THOMAS, Robert NAGY, Matt Receiving LEE, Derek JACKSON, Chris BERGERON, Troy CAREY, Rob WILSON, Gillis

C-A-I 24-36-1 Att 2 1 1 Att 12 7 3 1 1

Yds. 247 Yd 30 2 1 Yd 133 84 25 8 -3

TD 4 TD 1 1 1 TD 3 1 0 0 0

Interceptions: COL: HAWKINS, Ahmad 1- (-3); GEO: None. Sacks (Yds): COL: McKENZIE, Kevin 1.0-5; GEO: THOMAS, Robert 0.5-3, SETZER, Bobby 0.5-3

169

PLAYOFFS

Score by Quarters COLORADO CRUSH (13-6, 3-0) Georgia Force (13-6, 2-1)


CRUSH PLAYOFF GAME-BY-GAME RECAPS 2006 DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF – COLORADO 46, CHICAGO 63 SUN, MAY 28, 2006 • FRONTIER AIRLINES FIELD AT PEPSI CENTER • DENVER, CO • ATTENDANCE: 13,258

PLAYOFFS

Player of Game Awards Offense - Dan Frantz (CHI) Score by Quarters CHICAGO RUSH (7-9, 1-0) Colorado Crush (11-5, 0-1)

Defense - Dennison Robinson (CHI) 1 13 0

2 20 14

DENVER -- Four turnovers -- including an interception returned 45 yards for a touchdown -- proved fatal for the Colorado Crush as its bid to become the Arena Football League’s first back-to-back champions since the 1995-96 Tampa Bay Storm ended in a 63-46 loss to the Chicago Rush at Pepsi Center on Sunday afternoon. The loss was the Crush’s first-ever home postseason defeat, and ends its season at 11-6. Chicago led the game start to finish, consuming exactly half of the first quarter on its game-opening touchdown drive and then pushing the edge to 13 points after Dennison Robinson returned an interception 45 yards for a score with 4:12 left in the first quarter. However, the Crush scratched back to within two points before the game turned against the defending champions for good, when Chicago scored 17 points in the last 3:28 of the first half to turn a two-point lead into a 33-14 halftime advantage. Colorado had possession at its 5-yard-line after Rashad Floyd made an end-zone interception on a pass tipped by Delvin Hughley

3 10 20

Ironman - DeJuan Alfonzo (CHI) 4 20 12

Score 63 46

to snuff out a Chicago drive. However, Dutton fumbled a snap two plays later, giving the ball back to Chicago and setting up a DeJuan Alfonzo touchdown that put the Rush up 23-14. The ensuing kickoff bounced off the iron at the bottom of the right rebound net and beyond the grasp of Willis Marshall, allowing Jeremy Unertl to recover the football at the goal line to increase Chicago's lead to 16 points. Chicago stopped the Crush at the 1yard-line on the game's next drive, and Dan Frantz kicked a 26-yard field goal as time expired. Colorado would narrow the deficit to single digits twice in the secnd half, pulling within 36-27 in the third quarter and 49-40 in the fourth. However, miscures continued to hinder the Crush, as two missed extra points and another fumbled center-snap exchange was returned 20 yards for a third-quarter touchdown by Chicago's DeJuan Alfonzo.

Team Qtr Time

Scoring Play

Drive TOP Score

CHI CHI COL CHI COL CHI CHI CHI COL CHI COL CHI COL CHI COL CHI COL CHI

D’ORAZIO, Matt 5 yd run (FANTZ, Dan kick failed) ROBINSON, Dennison 45 yd interception return (FRANTZ, Dan kick) MARSHALL, Willis 4 yd pass from John Dutton (Clay Rush kick) FRANTZ, Dan 53 yd field goal MCCULLOUGH, Andy 28 yd pass from John Dutton (Clay Rush kick) ALFONZO, DeJuan 4 yd pass from Matt D’Orazio (FRANTZ, Dan kick) UNERTL, Jeremy 0 yd net recovery (FRANTZ, Dan kick) FRANTZ, Dan 26 yd field goal MARSHALL, Willis 2 yd run (Clay Rush kick) FRANTZ, Dan 52 yd field goal MCCULLOUGH, Andy 32 yd pass from John Dutton (Clay Rush kick failed) ALFONZO, DeJuan 20 yd fumble recovery (FRANTZ, Dan kick) HARRELL, Damian 32 yd pass from John Dutton (Clay Rush kick) ROBINSON, D. 6 yd pass from Matt D’Orazio (FRANTZ, Dan kick blocked) HARRELL, Damian 14 yd pass from John Dutton (Clay Rush kick failed) ALFONZO, DeJuan 3 yd pass from Matt D’Orazio (FRANTZ, Dan kick) MARSHALL, Willis 2 yd run (John Dutton pass failed) SIPPIO, Bobby 36 yd pass from Matt D’Orazio (FRANTZ, Dan kick)

10-48

6:55

5-25 5-7 3-36 2-5

3:41 3:31 1:54 1:48

5-37 3-35 4-9 2-37

0:34 1:48 2:21 1:06

4-44 8-48 4-45 3-12 4-36 4-45

2:11 5:15 2:24 1:46 1:48 0:31

1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4

8:05 4:12 14:55 10:46 8:52 3:28 1:59 0:00 13:13 10:23 9:17 3:48 0:49 9:55 6:45 4:26 2:06 0:16

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

TEAM STATISTICS First Downs Rushes-Yds Pass Yds Att-Comp-Int Plays-Total Yds Avg./Play Kick-Ret-Yds INT-Ret Fumbles-Lost Penalties Possession 3rd Dn Eff 4th Dn Eff Sacks By

COL 21 9-6 337 25-37-2 46-343 7.5 6-303 1-0 3-3 4-25 26:02 5-6 0-1 1-4

0-6 0-13 7-13 7-16 14-16 14-23 14-30 14-33 21-33 21-36 27-36 27-43 34-43 34-49 40-49 40-56 46-56 46-63

CHI 17 11-16 247 20-35-1 46-263 5.7 11-582 2-45 0-0 8-56 33:58 5-10 2-2 0-0

COLORADO Passing C-A-I DUTTON, John 37-25-2 Rushing Att DUNN, Anthony 2 MARSHALL, Willis 2 MCCULLOUGH, Andy 1 DUTTON, John 1 PEAUA, John 3 Receiving Att HARRELL, Damian 10 MCCULLOUGH, Andy 7 MARSHALL, Willis 5 HAWKINS, Ahmad 2 HUNTER, Hugh 1

Yds. 337 Yds 8 4 1 0 -7 Yds 159 106 50 9 13

TD 5 TD 0 2 0 0 0 TD 2 2 1 0 0

CHICAGO Passing D’ORAZIO, Matt Rushing D’ORAZIO, Matt SIPPIO, Bobby COOL, Charlie SUMP, Brian Receiving SIPPIO, Bobby ALFONZO, DeJuan ROBINSON, Den. SUMP, Brian

C-A-I 35-20-1 Att 8 1 1 1 Att 10 7 2 1

Yds. 247 Yd 9 6 1 0 Yd 164 63 8 12

TD 4 TD 1 0 0 0 TD 1 2 1 0

Interceptions: COL: FLOYD, RASHAD 1-0; CHI: ROBINSON, Dennison 1-45 (TD), UNERTL, Jeremy 1-0. Sacks (Yds): COL: PATU, Saul 1-4.

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CRUSH PLAYOFF GAME-BY-GAME RECAPS 2007 WILD CARD PLAYOFF – COLORADO 49, KANSAS CITY 42 SAT, JUNE 30, 2007 • KEMPER ARENA • KANSAS CITY, KS • ATTENDANCE: 9,539 Player of Game Awards Offense - Damian Harrell (COL)

Defense - Rashad Floyd (COL) 1 16 7

2 7 21

Ironman - Robert Thomas (COL)

3 7 0

KANSAS CITY -- The sixth seeded Colorado Crush and their defense, which played strong the entire game, came up with a huge play as time expired to hold the third seeded Kansas City Brigade out of the end zone and capture a 49-42 victory in the Wild Card Round of the AFL playoffs. The Crush entered the game on a four-game losing skid to end the regular season, but with renewed postseason hopes Colorado will travel to San Jose next Saturday to face the SaberCats in the Divisional Round. The win was also the Crush’s third over the Brigade this season. Crush DB Rashad Floyd finished with a game-high 14 tackles, while DB Delvin Hughley contributed with nine tackles and one interception. On offense for Colorado, WR Damian Harrell ended with a game-high tying three touchdown on eight receptions for 106 yards. Kansas City QB Raymond Philyaw threw for 321 yards on 36-of-52 passes with four touchdowns and one interception. Brigade WR Anthony Hines chipped in 15 catches for 120 yards and three scores. Colorado jumped out to an early 13-0 lead after WR Brad Pyatt hauled in a 38-yard touchdown strike on the game’s first play and following a Hughley interception. The turnover was capitalized by the Crush as FB Robert Thomas rushed in from one-yard out. Both team traded scores throughout the rest of the first quarter and beginning of the second period before Brigade DB Isaiah Trufant intercepted a John Dutton pass leading to Kansas City’s first lead of

4 19 14

the game on a Hines 7-yard touchdown reception to put the Brigade up 28-23. Following another Colorado turnover on a fumble, Kansas City looked to end the first half up by double digits and would receive the ball to start the second half and in great position. K Gary Kral missed a 19-yard field goal as time expired at the break with the Brigade only up five points. Kansas City squandered another opportunity as Kral missed another field goal, this time again from 19-yards out, on the Brigade’s first possession of the third quarter. Colorado jumped on the chance and answered as Harrell scored on a 21-yard pass from Dutton. The Crush defense came away with their third straight stop, this time forcing a four-and-out of Kansas City to hold them scoreless in the third session. The Brigade slowly chipped away at the Crush lead in the fourth quarter as each team would trade scores, but Colorado K Jason Ball missed two PATs to bring the game within a one possession contest. Colorado looked again to have a hold on the game after a K.C. fumble but DB Kenny McEntyre intercepted Dutton and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown to knot the score at 42-42 with 4:57 remaining. Harrell’s 4-yard touchdown reception with 2:12 proved to be enough as the Crush defense stood strong again to lift the team to the next round of the playoffs.

Team Qtr Time

Scoring Play

COL COL KC COL KC COL KC KC COL COL KC COL KC COL

PYATT, Brad 38 yd pass from DUTTON, John (BALL, Jason kick failed) THOMAS, Robert 1 yd run (Jason Ball kick) MYERS, Jerel 7 yd pass from PHILYAW, Raymond (KRAL, Gary kick) BALL, Jason 19 yd field goal MOSS, Dawan 2 yd run (KRAL, Gary kick) KIRSCH, Brandon 5 yd run (BALL, Jason kick) HINES 7 yd pass from PHILYAW, Raymond 4-30 (KRAL, Gary kick) HINES 3 yd pass from Raymond Philyaw (KRAL, Gary kick) HARRELL,Damian 21 yd pass from John Dutton (BALL, Jason kick) QUINNIE, Willie 4 yd pass from John Dutton (BALL, Jason kick failed) HINES 6 yd pass from Philyaw (KRAL, Gary kick) HARRELL 4 yd pass from Dutton (BALL, Jason kick failed) MCENTYRE, Kenny 38 yd interception return (KRAL, Gary kick) HARRELL 4 yd pass from John Dutton (BALL, Jason kick)

1st 1st 1ST 1ST 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 4th 4th 4th 4th 4th

14:22 8:34 5:05 :53 12:51 10:07 7:12 3:18 8:40 13:11 8:05 7:11 4:57 2:12

First Downs Rushes-Yds Pass Yds Att-Comp-Int Plays-Total Yds Avg./Play Kick-Ret-Yds INT-Ret-TDs Fumbles-Lost Penalties Possession 3rd Dn Eff 4th Dn Eff Sacks By

Drive TOP Score 1-38 4-22 6-39 5-42 5-44 3-40 2:17 5-37 5-43 7-43 8-35 1-4 -3-19

:38 3:04 3:04 3:30 3:02 2:04 23-21 2:34 2:34 4:27 4:27 :17 -1:57

6-0 13-0 13-7 16-7 16-14 23-14 23-28 30-38 36-28 36-35 42-35 42-42 49-42

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

TEAM STATISTICS COL 18 5-7 253 30-20-2 35-260 7.4 5-82 1-12-0 1-1 4-22 25:21 4-5 0-0 0-0

Score 49 42

KC 25 10-6 320 52-36-1 62-326 5.3 6-118 2-38-1 2-1 9-54 34:39 5-10 1-2 0-0

COLORADO Passing DUTTON, John Rushing KIRSCH, Brandon DUTTON, John THOMAS, Robert Receiving HARRELL, Damian QUINNIE, Willie PYATT, Brad THOMAS, Robert

C-A-I 20-30-2 Att 1 2 2 Att 8 6 5 1

Yds. 253 Yds 5 1 1 Yds 106 64 79 4

TD 5 TD 1 0 0 TD 3 1 1 0

KANSAS CITY Passing PHILYAW, Raymond Rushing MOSS, Dawan FREDERICK, Charles PHILYAW, Raymond Receiving HINES, Anthony FREDERICK, Charles MYERS, Jerel MOSS, Dawan WARD, Jamarr

C-A-I 36-52-1 Att 7 1 2 Att 15 11 8 1 1

Yds. 320 Yd 12 0 -6 Yd 119 119 68 9 5

TD 4 TD 1 0 0 TD 3 0 1 0 0

Interceptions: COL: HUGHLEY, Delvin 1-12; KC: TRUFANT, Isaiah 1-0, MCENTYRE, Kenny 1-38. Sacks (Yds): COL: None; KC: None.

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PLAYOFFS

Score by Quarters COLORADO CRUSH (9-8, 1-0) Kansas City Brigade (10-7, 0-1)


CRUSH PLAYOFF GAME-BY-GAME RECAPS 2007 DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF – COLORADO 67, SAN JOSE 76 MON, JULY 7, 2007 • HP PAVILION AT SAN JOSE • SAN JOSE, CA • ATTENDANCE: 12,719

PLAYOFFS

Player of Game Awards Offense - Mark Grieb (SJ) Score by Quarters Colorado Crush (9-9, 1-1) SAN JOSE (14-3, 1-0)

Defense - Steve Watson (SJ) 1 7 7

2 28 27

Ironman - Phil Glover (SJ)

3 13 21

SAN JOSE -- The sixth seeded Colorado Crush put up their best showing in five trips to HP Pavilion this afternoon, but time was not on their side as the Crush fell to the top seeded San Jose SaberCats 67-76 in the Divisional Round of the AFL playoffs. The 67 points scored by the Crush were most in team history in a playoff contest. San Jose quarterback Mark Grieb threw for nine touchdowns on 30-of-41 passes for 316 yards to lead the SaberCats, while WR James Roe hauled in five scores on 14 catches with 135 yards. For Colorado, QB John Dutton amassed 416 yards on 29-37 passes with eight touchdowns and WR Brad Pyatt racked up 208 receiving yards (third most in AFL playoff history) on 11 receptions with three scores. Following a red-zone fumble by Colorado on their first drive of the game, each team traded touchdowns as the first quarter ended knotted at 7-7. The second period proved to be an offensive explosion as the two teams combined for 55 points with the Crush taking a on-point 35-34 lead at the break.

4 19 21

Score 67 76

Both San Jose and Colorado went back and fourth in the second quarter equaling touchdown for touchdown, then SaberCats’ K A.J. Haglund missed a PAT following a FB Phil Glover one-yard touchdown run to put San Jose up 34-28 with 43 seconds left on the clock. The Crush responded when Dutton hit Pyatt on a 16-yard touchdown strike with four ticks showing to give Colorado the advantage at the half. The third and fourth quarters were more back and fourth as neither team could pull away in a game that featured six ties. The SaberCats special teams started to make the difference coming up with two blocked PAT attempts on the Crush in the second half. Dutton, who played one of his best games of the season, only needed four plays in the fourth quarter to come away with 19 points. Grieb, however, had the final say finding WR Ben Nelson on a 25-yard score with 1:12 remaining to give San Jose a nine-point cushion at 76-67. Colorado’s last efforts fell short as they could not find the endzone as time expired.

Team Qtr Time

Scoring Play

Drive TOP Score

SJS COL SJS COL SJS COL SJS COL SJS COL SJS COL SJS COL SJS COL SJS COL SJS COL SJS

ROE, James 8 yd pass from GRIEB, Mark (HAGLUND, A.J. kick) QUINNIE, Willie 4 yd pass from DUTTON, John (BALL, Jason kick) NELSON, Ben 7 yd pass from GRIEB, Mark (HAGLUND, A.J. kick) HARRELL, Damian 5 yd pass from DUTTON, John (BALL, Jason kick) GLOVER, Phil 5 yd pass from GRIEB, Mark (HAGLUND, A.J. kick) THOMAS, Robert 1 yd run (BALL, Jason kick) ROE, James 16 yd pass from GRIEB, Mark (HAGLUND, A.J. kick) HARRELL, Damian 12 yd pass from DUTTON, John (BALL, Jason kick) GLOVER, Phil 1 yd run (HAGLUND, A.J. kick failed) PYATT, Brad 16 yd pass from DUTTON, John (BALL, Jason kick) GLOVER, Phil 2 yd run (HAGLUND, A.J. kick) HARMON, Jason 1 yd run (BALL, Jason kick blocked) ROE, James 8 yd pass from GRIEB, Mark (HAGLUND, A.J. kick) HARRELL, Damian 25 yd pass from DUTTON, John (BALL, Jason kick) ROE, James 7 yd pass from GRIEB, Mark (HAGLUND, A.J. kick) PYATT, Brad 44 yd pass from DUTTON, John (BALL, Jason kick blocked) NELSON, Ben 3 yd pass from GRIEB, Mark (HAGLUND, A.J. kick) PYATT, Brad 30 yd pass from DUTTON, John (BALL, Jason kick failed) ROE, James 7 yd pass from GRIEB, Mark (HAGLUND, A.J. kick) QUINNIE, Willie 36 yd pass from John Dutton (Jason Ball kick) NELSON, Ben 25 yd pass from Mark Grieb (A.J. Haglund kick)

7-45, 5-40 6-47 5-46 6-45 3-41 2-23 1-12 1-1 6-44 4-12 4-40 5-28 2-29 4-27 2-44 4-8 1-30 4-45 2-45 4-45

1st 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 4th 4th 4th 4th

07:02 02:32 13:16 9:13 04:41 02:12 00:56 :50 00:43 00:04 12:34 09:21 05:53 04:16 01:01 14:18 10:41 09:38 06:24 04:47 01:12

First Downs Rushes-Yds Pass Yds Att-Comp-Int Plays-Total Yds Avg./Play Kick-Ret-Yds INT-Ret-TDs Fumbles-Lost Penalties Possession 3rd Dn Eff 4th Dn Eff Sacks By

172

0-7 7-7 7-14 14-14 14-21 21-21 21-28 28-28 28-34 35-34 35-41 41-41 41-48 48-48 48-55 54-55 54-62 60-62 60-69 67-69 67-76

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

TEAM STATISTICS COL 26 7-4 406 37-29-0 46-410 8.9 9-499 0-0-0 2-1 8-55 26:10 2- 4 1-2 1-4

3:49, 3:52 3:42 3:27 4:00 1:54 :50 :06 :07 :39 2:26 2:37 2:52 1:02 2:45 1:07 2:48 :28 2:37 1:03 2:53

SJS 26 5-1 311 41-30-0 47 6.6 11-609 0-0-0 2-0 11-76 33:50 2-4 2- 2 2-10

COLORADO Passing DUTTON, John Rushing THOMAS, Robert HARMON, Jason KIRSCH, Brandon Receiving PYATT, Brad QUINNIE, Willie HARRELL, Damian NIX, Alonzo THOMAS, Robert

C-A-I 29-37-0 Att 4 1 2 Att 11 9 7 1 1

Yds. 416 Yds 3 1 0 Yds 208 94 95 12 7

TD 8 TD 1 1 0 TD 3 2 3 0 0

SAN JOSE Passing GRIEB, Mark Rushing GLOVER, Phil GRIEB, Mark Receiving ROE, James WRIGHT, Rodney NELSON, Ben KINSINGER, Matt GLOVER, Phil

Interceptions: COL: None; SJS: None. Sacks (Yds): COL: BARNO, Dustin 1.0-4; SJS: GLOVER, Phil 2.0-10.

C-A-I 41-30-0 Att 4 1 Att 14 7 7 1 1

Yds. 315 Yd 1 0 Yd 135 82 79 14 5

TD 9 TD 2 0 TD 5 0 3 0 1


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