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Sioux Falls Storm Win First Ever United Bowl
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August 14, 2005 - Omaha, NE - United Indoor Football held United Bowl 1 on Sunday, August 14, 2005, in Sioux City, Iowa, as the Sioux City Bandits battled North Division and Interstate 29 rival Sioux Falls Storm. The second-seeded Bandits reached the UIF championship contest with a 42-37 victory over the Tennessee Valley Raptors on Saturday, August 6. The fifth-seeded Storm advanced to the title game with a 62-58 upset victory over the third-seeded Lexington Horsemen.
The Bandits and Storm have met three times this season, and the Bandits have won all three on last-second plays. This game was another of the same as 6,840 in the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena saw the Storm win 40-38.
The Storm and Bandits traded field goals in the first two possessions of the game. Sioux Falls kicker Adam Hicks connected on a 32-yard field goal two minutes and 53 seconds into the game, capping a six-play, 16-yards drive. Sioux City kicker Cody Butler countered with a 26-yard field goal four and a half minutes later. Sioux Falls runningback/kick returner James Jones returned the ensuing kick-off 49 yards and the Storm turned it into seven points two plays later with a two-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Terrance Bryant to Jones. The Bandits answered with a 32-yard scoring strike from quarterback Jarrod DeGeorgia to wide receiver Kenneth Horton a minute later. The Storm took a 16-10 lead as Bryant scored on an eight-yard keeper with a minute remaining in the first quarter. The Bandits responded with a 22-yard scoring run by UIF MVP Fred Jackson 50 seconds into the second quarter. The Storm then used a four-play, 44-yard drive to get seven points as Jones caught an eight-yard pass from Bryant four minutes into the second frame, giving the Storm a 23-17 advantage. The Bandits used the next five minutes to drive 43 yards to take a 24-23 lead, capped with a 16-yard touchdown pass from DeGeorgia to Horton. The Storm's next drive ended on downs when Bryant's pass to wide receiver Casey Veenhof fell incomplete with just under three minutes remaining in the first half. The Bandits ensuing possession lasted two minutes and 24 seconds as they drove 40 yards in seven plays to score with a flee-flicker from Jackson to DeGeorgia as time expired in the first half to give Sioux City a 31-23 advantage.
The second half opened up with a 30-yard kick-off return for a touchdown for Jackson, increasing the Bandits lead to 38-23. Sioux Falls then used four minutes and 51 seconds on their first possession of the second half to score on a one-yard keeper by Bryant, pulling the Storm within 38-30. The Storm forced a turnover on the next Bandits possession as defensive lineman Mike Lawson sacked DeGeorgia, forcing a fumble at the Sioux Falls 15-yard line. After Lawson recovered the fumble, the Storm pulled within 38-37 as Bryant gained five yards on a keeper before throwing a 12-yard touchdown strike to Veenhof with two minutes left in the third quarter. Sioux City's ensuing 11-play drive was wasted as Jackson's fumble at the one-yard line was recovered by Sioux Falls. The Bandits' defense was strong on the next series and forced a punt by the Storm with five minutes and 34 seconds remaining in the forth quarter. The Bandits next drive was stalled by a holding penalty, and Sioux City's 37-yard field goal attempt was wide right with one minute and 19 seconds remaining in the contest. The Storm then drove 28 yards in eight plays and United Bowl 1 MVP Adam Hicks connected on a 35-yard field goal with three seconds remaining. The Bandits down the kick-off and had one chance at the end zone with 2.2 seconds left. Sioux City went for the win with a 51-yard field goal and it was well short.
DeGeorgia was five for 10 passing for 81 yards with two touchdowns. Jackson logged 168 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns. Horton scored twice on three catches for 60 yards. For the Storm, Bryant was 17 of 25 for 123 yards with three touchdowns. Jones scored twice on eight catches for 60 yards, while Veenhof reached the end zone once on four catches for 36 yards. Ten penalties and two lost fumbles plagued the Bandits. For complete scores, statistics, highlights and more, log-on to unitedindoorfootball.com.

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