GRAND ISLAND, NE
-- A quick start
and a dominant defense paved the way for the Nebraska Danger to end the longest win streak in the IFL on Saturday night.
Marcus Barnett returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and the Danger defense held the high-powered Sioux Falls offense out of the end zone for three quarters to earn a 30-21 win over the two-time defending league champs.
"It was just an unbelievable effort by our team," Danger head coach Mike Davis said. "Our defense kept us in the game for the first half and then we finally got our offense untracked in the second half."
The Danger trailed 11-7 at the half, but took the lead for good in the third quarter when Jameel Sewell connected with Kayne Farquharson for a 35-yard touchdown for 14-11.
The Danger defense held Sioux Falls to just 17 rushing yards on 21 attempts and the Storm ran 57 plays to just 37 for the Danger.
"Our defense was out there for a long time," Davis said. "But, we got the stops when we needed them."
Sioux Falls didn't reach the end zone until 8:21 left on the contest when Tory Harrison scored from the 4 to cut the lead to 23-31.
But the Danger answered with the clincher when Sewell scored on a 4-yard run for a 30-21 lead.
Farquharson led Nebraska with six receptions for 73 yards and two scores. Sewell was 11-21 for 127 yards.
The loss was the Storm’s first since 6/11/2011 and snapped a 21 game winning streak.
Nebraska will host the Colorado Ice next Saturday with kickoff set for 7:00.