|March 23||vs Jacksonville||
|March 30||vs Cleveland||W 69-37|
|April 6||AT Utah||
|April 12||vs San Antonio||L 36-52|
|April 20||AT Orlando||
|April 27||AT Spokane||W 70-62|
|May 4||vs New Orleans||
|May 10||AT San Jose||L 34-64|
|May 18||AT Pittsburgh||
|May 25||vs Philadelphia||L 55-73|
|June 1||AT Iowa||
|June 8||vs Orlando||L 48-55|
|June 15||AT New Orleans||
|June 22||vs Chicago||L 49-50|
|July 6||vs Spokane||
|July 13||AT San Antonio||L 42-68|
|July 20||vs Pittsburgh||
|July 27||AT Jacksonville||7:00pm|
In a game filled with bizarre plays and changes, notably the first and last scores of the night, the Stom pulled off a 53-35 win at Orlando Saturday.
Tampa Bay withstood an incredible game off the bench by Predators QB Chris Dixon, who led his team from behind 14-0 to a third-quarter lead. In fact the Storm didn't have things wrapped up until after a great touchdown run by Dixon that pulled Orlando within 39-35 -- because Dixon got hurt on the play and did not return.
That score was followed by a clutch 44-yard TD throw from Adrian McPherson to Greg Ellingson for a 10-point advantage. In came Kyle Rowley, who was picked twice in the first quarter, to complete just one pass the rest of the way.
Rowley's first pick got the Storm on the board. From the 1-yard line Orlando could not gain yardage and on third down Rowley was intercepted by D'Audra Dix, who looked headed for a 50-yard score until a fan knocked the ball out of his hands. Rashad Barksdale alertly scooped it for a 15-yard TD.
Chris Smith's interception on the next drive allowed Tampa Bay to go up 14-0 but Dixon energized the crowd and his team and put together three straight touchdown drives. Then the game started to slip away from Tampa Bay as McPherson fumbled on a designed run from the 2-yard line with :05 before halftime.
Orlando then stopped the Storm, again on a short-yardage play, on the opening drive of the second half and the Preds went up 28-27 shortly after.
More wackiness followed. After the Storm retook the lead Orlando was moving again but ex-Storm Amarri Jackson fumbled it away and Mike Lindsey's TD catch made it 39-28. Two more strange ones happened before the Dixon scoring run: Jean Fanor recovered a fumble only to give it right back, and Dixon looked to be going in for a 25-yard run but coughed it up at the goal line, only to learn Tampa Bay had jumped offside so Orlando kept the ball.
And to cap things off, the strangest two-point conversion of all time. McPherson was intercepted by a Predators lineman who had no chance of scoring so tried a lateral. Three more laterals -- including one from Tampa Bay trying to get the two points -- and the ball was the end zone and the Storm recovered it.
Dixon finished 17-of-21 for 198 yards and three scores, running for 60 more yards. Rowley was a disastrous 6-of-17.
McPherson went 12-of-20 for 223 yards and four touchdowns for Tampa Bay, which is 3-2 headed to unbeaten Spokane next Saturday.
Kicker Juan Bongarra was taken to the hospital with chest pains.