The Tri-Cities Fever’s bid for a .500 season came up short Saturday night in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Danger scored two touchdowns 8 seconds apart late in the third quarter, taking the lead for good in a 69-64 Indoor Football League game.
Nebraska finishes the season with a 10-4 record and the top seed in the Intense Conference playoffs.
Tri-Cities’ season ends with a 6-8 mark.
The contest was a back-and-forth affair for almost three quarters, and at one point the Fever led 51-41 after Keola Antolin ran in from 3 yards out for a touchdown.
But Nebraska rallied with 1:24 left to play in the third quarter, as Randy Bell scored from 25 yards out on a run to cut Tri-Cities’ lead to 51-48.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Danger tried an onside attempt, and Nebraska’s Ramon Broadway picked up the loose ball and ran it in from 50 yards out for a score. From that point on, the Danger led 55-51 and never trailed again.
Nebraska quarterback Jameel Sewell added a 37-yard TD run for a 62-51 lead, and the Fever spent much of the fourth quarter trying to play catchup.
Fever quarterback Dante Warren connected with Keithon Flemming for a 31-yard TD pass to cut the Danger lead to 69-64 with 3:56 left to play.
Tri-Cities stopped Nebraska’s offense on the next series, and with 1:28 left in the game, the Fever had the ball.
Warren moved the offense from its own 5 down to the Nebraska 4. But an incomplete pass, and then a holding call, moved the ball back to the 14.
Warren then threw three incomplete passes, and the game was over.
Warren still finished with a strong game, going 20-for-29 for 251 yards and five touchdown passes. He also rushed for 63 yards.
Dejuan Miller caught five passes for 71 yards for the Fever, while Flemming added five catches for 58 yards and two TD receptions.
Sewell paced Nebraska with 131 yards passing and four TD passes, but he also rushed for 118 yards and scored four more touchdowns.