SPOKANE, WA – In a matchup of West Division rivals, with playoff implications on the line, the Shock lost an 11-point lead in the final 40 seconds, losing 58-55 to the Utah Blaze.
Spokane took control in the fourth quarter when Kyle Rowley hit Rod Harper for a 19-yard touchdown to give the Shock a 41-38 lead. Less than two minutes later Utah quarterback Tommy Grady had the ball knocked from his hand by Spokane defensive lineman Mike Alston, which was recovered and returned for a touchdown by Shock linebacker Terence Moore.
Moore scored on a four-yard run with 40 seconds on the clock to give Spokane a 55-44 advantage. Grady led the Blaze downfield and into the end zone just 14 seconds later to bring Utah within five. Utah then recovered an onside kick and drove deep into Shock territory. With just over six seconds left Grady looked to be wrapped up for a sack in the pocket, but tossed the ball into the stands. There was no intentional grounding penalty on the play, which would have backed the Blaze up another 10 yards. Instead, Grady tossed a three-yard touchdown pass to Tysson Poots to give Utah a late lead. They added a two-point conversion to go up 58-55.
Spokane received the ensuing kickoff with 3.2 seconds left, and attempted a game-tying field goal from their own end zone, but Kenny Spencer's attempt came up well short.
Rowley finished the game completing 21 of his 38 pass attempts for 298 yards and 5 TDs with one INT. Steven Black lead the receiving effort for Spokane, hauling in 7 catches for 128 yards and 2 TDs. Moore contributed on the ground for Spokane, scoring twice from the FB position. Defensively, Josh Ferguson recorded an INT for Spokane and Alston added a sack to go with his forced fumble.
Grady completed 34 of his 49 pass attempts for 366 yards and 9 TDs with only one INT for Utah. Tysson Poots hauled in 15 receptions for 206 yards and 5 TDs. Aaron Lesue added 9 receptions for 86 yards and 3 TDs. Defensively, DB William Mulder recorded one interception.
Spokane returns to the road with a Week 16 visit to West Division rival San Jose June 23rd at 7:30 p.m.