The Tri-Cities Fever’s 2016 season came to a close Saturday night at Toyota Center with a 52-32 loss to the Nebraska Danger.
The Fever (3-13) ended the season on a nine-game losing streak, while playoff-bound Nebraska (6-10) snapped its eight-game skid.
At quarterback, the Fever went with Will Tudmon, who played last week against the Billings Wolves.
Tudmon completed 10 of 34 passes for 123 yards. He threw for four touchdowns but was intercepted three times.
The first quarter was all Nebraska.
O.J. Simpson caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Derrick Bernard for the first score of the game, sparking the Danger’s 20-0 opening run.
The Fever got on the board with 14:43 remaining in the second quarter, when Tudmon hit Chris Gant from 15 yards out for a score. But Nebraska extended its lead to 27-7 on Bernard’s 1-yard touchdown run with 5:22 to play in the period.
Nebraska scored twice and Tri-Cities once in the final 50 seconds of the quarter, and the Danger entered halftime with a 41-14 lead.
Tri-Cities outscored Nebraska 12-0 in the third, but the Danger put up the first 11 points of the fourth.
Bernard went 12-of-25 passing for 204 yards and four touchdowns, and he also ran for two TDs. Simpson finished with six catches for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Gant had five catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns for Tri-Cities.
DANGER 52, FEVER 32
N — O.J. Simpson 11 pass from Derrick Bernard (kick blocked)
N — Armand Nance 26 fumble recovery (Josh Gable kick)
N — Dello Davis 45 pass from Bernard (Gable kick)
TC — Chris Gant 15 pass from Will Tudmon (Daniel Zeidman kick)
N — Bernard 1 run (Gable kick)
N — Simpson 28 pass from Bernard (Gable kick)
TC — Gant 10 pass from Tudmon (Zeidman kick)
N — Davis 26 pass from Bernard (Gable kick)
TC — Rob Brown 53 kickoff return (kick failed)
TC — Jerrell Young 5 pass from Tudmon (pass failed)
N — Gable 17 FG
N — Okechukwu Okoroha rouge
N — Bernard 5 run (Gable kick)
TC — Roston Tatum 10 pass from Tudmon (Zeidman kick)
RUSHING — N, Lyle McCombs 10-47, Bernard 9-15. TC, Brown 5-20, Tudmon 6-13, Tatum 1-0, Austen Alber 1-0.
PASSING — N, Bernard 12-25-2-204. TC, Tudmon 10-34-3-123, team 0-0-0-(minus 21).
RECEIVING — N, Simpson 6-107, Davis 3-80, McCombs 2-11, Thomas 1-6. TC, Gant 5-50, Young 2-34, Brown 1-15, Akeem Foster 1-14, Tatum 1-10.