FORT COLLINS, Colo -- The Tri-Cities Fever ran up more total yards of offense than the host Colorado Ice on Saturday night.
But the numbers that counted the most -- points -- is where the Fever fell short in a 57-41 Indoor Football League loss to the Ice.
The loss drops the Fever to
3-6, while the Ice claimed its first victory of the season and improves to 1-10.
"We just had trouble on third down," said Fever coach Adam Shackleford, whose team converted just two of 10 third-down situations. "We didn't play well on either side of the ball tonight, or on special teams. We were the road team. We have to fight the crowd and the officials. But they beat us tonight. Are they a better team than us? I don't know. But they were tonight."
Ice quarterback David Knigh-ton passed for five touchdowns and 178 yards in the victory.
Fever quarterback Houston Lillard answered with five TD passes of his own and 225 yards.
No other statistics were available
Saturday's loss continues the Fever franchise's road woes. The Fever hasn't won a road game since May 2008 against Stockton.
Tri-Cities was scheduled to play at Alaska next Sunday, but that may not happen.
The Wild does not have an active owner, and players haven't been paid for three weeks. Some players left for home for a bye week after the team's loss to the Fever a few weeks ago, and some of them didn't come back this past week for the team's scheduled home game against the Billings Outlaws, set for today.
The IFL suspended the game because of the uncertain nature of the Wild franchise. IFL commissioner Tommy Benizio has been trying to find someone in Anchorage to step forward and run the team.
"It looked like they were going to be compliant (with league rules) this week," said Fever owner Teri Carr. "Then on Wed-nesday things went bad. They were non-compliant. So Tommy had to suspend the game."