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Grieb helps SaberCats return to Arena Bowl

Jul 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.