Second half Danger offense bitten by Rattlers

Derrick Bernard (7) drops back before unloading a passing touchdown for the Nebraska Danger at the Heartland Events Center, April 7, 2017 (NTV News)

The Nebraska Danger surrendered a field goal with 1.5 seconds remaining to break a tie as Arizona toppled the Intense Conference leaders 39-36, Friday Night at the Heartland Events Center.

This was a special night for the Danger, who were able to honor Sam Foltz and the Foltz family was in attendance along with a large number of former Huskers.

Nebraska led 26-21 at the half, but the game became equal by the end of the third quarter.

“We had some special teams mistakes in the first half that we would like to have back. Overall though I thought we played well. Arizona is a great team and they showed us where we really need to do some work,” said Head Coach Hurtis Chinn.

Arizona's defense stifled Nebraska in the second half, allowing only 10 points. Two drives took up over half of the fourth quarter. The first drive, the Danger fumbled on the two-yard line after nearly scoring a touchdown. After that, the Rattlers put together a nearly seven minute drive that finished with them scoring a field goal to take the lead, 36-33. After a couple mistakes and a holding penalty, the Danger salvaged their next drive with a 23-yard field goal from Giaffoglione to tie the game at 36.

“Like most games it came down to getting one or two more stops that makes the difference. Tonight we didn’t get those stops and it cost us the game,” said Chinn.

Nebraska falls to 4-3 this year, snapping a two-game winning streak. Arizona improves to 3-3.

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