After enjoying a bye during week two of the 2010 United Football League campaign, the Hartford Colonials took the field at Rentschler Field looking for their second win of the 2010 campaign. Unfortunately for the Colonial faithful, the Florida Tuskers had other ideas.
Five Hartford miscues—three recovered by Florida, including two in a four-minute span in the third quarter—led the Tuskers to a 33-20 victory over the Colonials before 14,468 fans at Rentschler Field in East Hartford and a national television audience on Versus Saturday afternoon.
In all, the Tuskers forced four Colonial turnovers, including the first interception of the year by Hartford quarterback Josh McCown.
McCown had yet another outstanding game, completing 18 of 36 passes for 223 yards with one touchdown and the aforementioned interception. Florida’s Brooks Bollinger clicked on 16 of 34 passes for 167 yards. The former Jet quarterback out of Wisconsin had one touchdown pass and one pick on the day.
Lorenzo Booker, the third-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 2007, led the Colonials’ ground attack with 45 yards on six carries. The former Florida State star also caught five passes for 79 yards. Former UConn star Andre Dixon gained 24 yards on 11 carries.
Hartford wideout Patrick Carter caught four passes for 79 yards, while tight end Ronnie Ghent caught but one pass for one yard—but made it count. The reception resulted in a fourth-quarter score, cutting the Florida lead to three points, 23-30. It was the Colonials’ only offensive touchdown of the game. Defensive back Gerard Lawson returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown in the second period for Hartford’s only other touchdown of the afternoon.
In the end it was mistakes—four lost fumbles, one interception and 117 yards in penalties–that ultimately cooked the Colonials’ goose.
Dominic Rhodes, who gained 684 yards for the Indianapolis Colts in 2006, rushed for 99 yards on 19 carries for the Tuskers. Rhodes, who won a Super Bowl ring with Indy that season, also had a touchdown. Aveion Cason carried the ball nine times for 23 yards and one TD. Jerome Wiggins added an 11-yard touchdown reception for Florida, which snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 2-2 with the victory.
After defeating Daunte Culpepper and the Sacramento Mountain Lions in the first week of the season, the Colonials have now lost two straight and now stand at 1-2, but are just one game out of first place in the red-hot UFL playoff race. Florida (2-2) snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Colonials now must regroup to face Jeff Garcia, Maurice Clarrett and the 2-1 Omaha Nighthawks on Saturday. Revenge will be on the minds of the Colonials as Garcia led the Nighthawks, who are currently tied for first in the UFL standings with the Las Vegas Locos, to a frantic fourth-quarter comeback, outscoring the Colonials 17-3 in the final period including a game-winning touchdown pass with six seconds on the clock. Kickoff at The Rent is slated for 3 p.m.
Joe Theismann has been named president and owner of the Florida Tuskers. The Washington Redskins legend, who was selected to play in two Pro Bowls during his illustrious 12-year NFL career, made the announcement during the live Versus telecast of the Hartford-Florida matchup.
“I am excited about the opportunity and I am excited about the league,” said Theismann. “This is a venture that I can take from the ground up in a beautiful place in Orlando. I wanted the Orlando-based franchise. I feel like it’s a great place for football fans. This is an opportunity to be a part of a football organization run the way I’d like to see it run.”
Theismann has been an analyst for ESPN’s NFL broadcasts, and currently can be seen on the NFL Network’s Playbook show. A 1972 graduate of Notre Dame where he received All-American honors and led the Fighting Irish to consecutive Cotton Bowls, Theismann was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003. A two-sport star, Theisman was drafted by both the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Twins, but opted to begin his pro football career in the Canadian Football League. After playing with the Toronto Argonauts from 1971-1973, he joined the Washington Redskins in 1974.
Theismann played in 163 consecutive games from 1974-1985 and holds Redskins records for passing yardage (25,206), completions (2,044) and attempts (3,602). A two-time Pro Bowl selection and Pro Bowl MVP, Joe led Washington to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII. He was selected the NFL Man of the Year in 1982 for his community service and dedication to the health and welfare of children. In 1983, he was named the NFL’s MVP after leading the Redskins to an NFL-record 541 points and a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance. His career ended abruptly in 1985 after sustaining a shattered leg after a viscious hit by the Giants’ Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor during one of the most infamous games in Monday Night Football history.
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