Grieb propels SaberCats past CrushJul 5, 2008 - 11:42 PM SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Mark Grieb threw seven touchdown passes to lead the San Jose SaberCats to a 64-51 victory over the Colorado Crush in the divisional round of the Arena Football League playoffs on Saturday.
The SaberCats advanced to the American Conference championship game and will face the winner of Sunday's Grand Rapids Rampage-Chicago Rush game.
Grieb completed 25-of-34 passes for 283 yards and an interception for defending champion San Jose (12-5), which is 13-4 at home in the postseason.
The SaberCats' signal caller tossed two touchdowns in the first quarter and three in the second to help give the home team a 33-24 halftime lead. Three of the scores were caught by wide receiver James Roe, who had seven catches for 53 yards.
Grieb added two more scoring tosses in the fourth quarter, including one to Cleann Saintil with 3:04 left to give San Jose a 57-37 lead. Saintil had eight catches for 95 yards and 2 TDs.
John Dutton was 38-of-58 for 369 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions for Colorado (7-11), which is 1-9 all-time against the SaberCats.
ARENA COLORADO 51
SAN JOSE 64 FINAL
Crush 51, SaberCats 64 FinalJul 5 5:51 PM
ARENA COLORADO 24
SAN JOSE 36 END, 3RD QTR
Crush 24, SaberCats 36 End of 3rdJul 5 5:04 PM
ARENA COLORADO 24
SAN JOSE 33 HALFTIME
Crush 24, SaberCats 33 HalfJul 5 4:21 PM
ARENA COLORADO 10
SAN JOSE 13 END, 1ST QTR
Crush 10, SaberCats 13 End of 1stJul 5 3:29 PM
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