Crush Bow Out Of Playoffs

By: AP/11 Sports
By: AP/11 Sports

Mark Grieb threw for 283 yards and seven touchdowns, and the defending Arena Football League champion San Jose SaberCats advanced to the conference finals with a wild 64-51 victory over the Colorado Crush on Saturday.

San Jose will play the winner of Sunday's game between the Grand Rapids Rampage and the Chicago Rush next week for the right to play in the Arena Bowl on July 27 in New Orleans.

San Jose entered the fourth quarter with 36-24 lead, and the teams combined for 55 points in the final period.

Grieb's 10-yard touchdown pass to Saintil with 3:04 left gave San Jose a 57-37 lead.

Grieb went 25-for-34 and connected with James Roe for three touchdowns. Rodney Wright had nine catches for 116 yards and two TDs, and Saintil caught eight passes for 95 yards and two scores.

John Dutton went 38-for-58 for 369 yards with seven touchdown passes for the Crush. Ben Nelson caught 14 passes for 136 yards and four TDs, and Wendall Williams added 11 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown.


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