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Griesen throws seven TDs as Force remains unbeaten

Mar 25, 2007 - 2:43 AM ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Chris Griesen threw seven touchdown passes and the Georgia Force remained unbeaten with a dramatic 64-62 victory over the San Jose SaberCats.

Griesen completed 23-of-34 passes for 313 yards. Chris Jackson caught nine passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns and Derek Lee added three TDs on eight catches.

After seven lead changes and three ties, Griesen's nine-yard scoring pass to Lee with 5:39 left in the third quarter gave the Force (4-0) the lead for good at 44-40, setting up a wild ending.

Rodney Wright brought San Jose (1-2) within two following a 54-yard kickoff return for a score with 1:48 left, but Mark Grieb threw incomplete to Ben Nelson on a potential tying two-point conversion.

Grieb was 29-of-44 for 284 yards and six TDs. Wright had 11 catches for 110 yards and amassed a career-high 259 all-purpose yards.

A.J. Haglund whiffed on an onside kick, giving Georgia possession at the San Jose 1-yard line. Griesen scored on the next play, but new kicker Xavier Beitia missed the extra point, leaving the SaberCats eight points behind.

Grieb found Roe with a six-yard TD toss with 19 seconds left. However, Grieb fumbled the snap on the conversion try.

Lee recovered the ensuing kickoff, seemingly ending the game. But the kick occurred before the TV timeout ended, and referee Bill Athan ordered a replay. Nelson recovered the ensuing onside kick, but referees ruled Nelson touched the ball before it went 10 yards, although replays clearly showed a clean recovery.