Sunday, May 13, 2012
Power fumbling away season, lose 68-52 to San Antonio.
Pittsburgh came into this game against the San Antonio Talons (6-3) tied with the Talons with a -12 turnover margin. After losing the battle in that category tonight, Pittsburgh is all but dead in the playoff hunt. They would likely need to win all of their remaining games and still need help to secure a wild card spot.
This time around, it was two fumbles lost by quarterback Bryan Randall, as well as a third lost fumble by Tyre Young. San Antonio also had three fumbles in the game, but lost none of them.
Fumbles weren't the only story of this game. Power kicker Seth Burkholder went 0-for-3 on his extra point attempts before the team chose to go for two points after all of their remaining touchdowns. Two onsides attempts failed to go ten yards, and were returned by the Talons for touchdowns.
The Power offensive line struggled mightily to contain the Talons ferocious pass rush, yielding 7 sacks against Randall.
If you take away all of these negatives, we can finally look at some of the positives in the game.
Randall set a Power franchise record with 387 yards passing, and he threw for 7 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Aside from his fumbles, he outplayed AFL legend Aaron Garcia, who threw for 268 yards and 6 TD's.
Also setting a Power record with 19 receptions, P.J. Berry finished the day with 188 yards and 2 TD's, plus 148 return yards. He was one catch away from tying the AFL record of 20 catches. Oderick Turner continued his strong play from last week with 10 catches for 96 yards and 2 TD's. Mike "Joystick" Washington had 5 catches for 82 yards and 3 TD's.
Pittsburgh will look to end this losing streak next week at home against the winless Kansas City Command.