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Sanders, Pettis guide Desperados past Crush

Mar 18, 2008 - 3:18 AM DALLAS (Ticker) -- Chris Sanders threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more as the Dallas Desperados defeated the Colorado Crush, 51-40, on Monday.

Sanders went 22-for-41 for 251 yards, hooking up with receiver Will Pettis on all four scoring passes.

Pettis hauled in 11 catches for 125 yards for the Desperados (3-0).

After a slow first half in which the Desperados trailed, 20-17, Sanders connected on three scoring strikes with Pettis during the third quarter, outscoring the Crush, 20-6. The duo combined to score again just four plays into the fourth quarter, leaving Dallas with a 44-26 lead.

John Dutton finished 21-for-30 for 207 yards and four TDs for the Crush (1-2), but was intercepted three times. Ben Nelson had 11 catches for 98 yards and three scores.