Grieb helps SaberCats return to Arena BowlJul 12, 2008 - 11:36 PM SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Mark Grieb threw eight touchdown passes as the San Jose SaberCats advanced to Arena Bowl XXII with an 81-55 win over the Grand Rapids Rampage on Saturday.
Grieb completed 24-of-30 passes for 249 yards and Omarr Smith had a team playoff-record three interceptions that led to touchdowns as San Jose cruised to victory in the American Conference championship on Saturday.
The defending champion SaberCats (13-5) will face the Philadelphia Soul, who posted a 70-35 triumph over the Cleveland Gladiators on Saturday. The game will be played on July 27 at New Orleans.
Cleannord Saintil, who had 11 receptions for 113 yards and five touchdowns, had two scores in the second quarter to spark a 24-7 run and help San Jose build a 38-14 advantage at the half.
Jam MacPherson completed 30-of-51 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns to pace the Rampage (8-11), who saw their five-game winning streak and first playoff run in five years come to an end.
Kenny Higgins had 12 catches for a game-high 142 yards and two scores, while Cole Magner had 10 grabs for 103 yards.
ARENA GRAND RAPIDS 55
SAN JOSE 81 FINAL
Rampage 55, SaberCats 81 FinalJul 12 6:29 PM
ARENA GRAND RAPIDS 28
SAN JOSE 48 END, 3RD QTR
Rampage 28, SaberCats 48 End of 3rdJul 12 5:37 PM
ARENA GRAND RAPIDS 14
SAN JOSE 38 HALFTIME
Rampage 14, SaberCats 38 HalfJul 12 4:55 PM
ARENA GRAND RAPIDS 7
SAN JOSE 14 END, 1ST QTR
Rampage 7, SaberCats 14 End of 1stJul 12 4:11 PM
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