Wimprine, defense propels VooDoo in rout of SaberCatsApr 6, 2008 - 4:31 AM NEW ORLEANS (Ticker) -- Danny Wimprine threw five touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead the New Orleans VooDoo to a 72-43 victory over the defending ArenaBowl champion San Jose SaberCats on Saturday night.
Wimprine finished 19-of-29 for 222 yards, and James Jordan scored three times for the VooDoo (5-1), who avenged their ArenaBowl XXI loss to San Jose last July.
A 49-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter by Calvin Spears put New Orleans ahead, 14-7.
After the SaberCats closed to within 21-17 in the second, Norman LeJeune ran back another interception 32 yards for a score. The VooDoo posted 33 unanswered points to take a commanding 55-17 lead after three quarters.
San Jose quarterback Mark Grieb was 38-of-55 for 330 yards and six touchdowns for the SaberCats (3-3). Jason Geathers hauled in 18 catches for 188 yards and two scores.
SAN JOSE 43
NEW ORLEANS 72 FINAL
SaberCats 43, VooDoo 72 FinalApr 5 10:05 PM
SAN JOSE 24
NEW ORLEANS 55 END, 3RD QTR
SaberCats 24, VooDoo 55 End of 3rdApr 5 9:00 PM
SAN JOSE 17
NEW ORLEANS 41 HALFTIME
SaberCats 17, VooDoo 41 HalfApr 5 8:27 PM
SAN JOSE 7
NEW ORLEANS 14 END, 1ST QTR
SaberCats 7, VooDoo 14 End of 1stApr 5 7:34 PM
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