Story by Tri-City Herald
Kennewick, WA - The Tri-Cities Fever's 2016 season came to a close Saturday night at Toyota Center with a 52-32 loss to the Nebraska Danger.
The Fever (3-13) ended the season on a nine-game losing streak, while playoff-bound Nebraska (6-10) snapped its eight-game skid.
With starter Patrick McCain not healthy enough to go, the Fever went with Will Tudmon. Tudmon completed 10 of 34 passes for 123 yards. He threw for four touchdowns but was intercepted three times.
The first quarter was all Nebraska.
O.J. Simpson caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Derrick Bernard for the first score of the game, sparking the Danger's 20-0 opening run.
The Fever got on the board with 14:43 remaining in the second quarter, when Tudmon hit Chris Gant from 15 yards out for a score. But Nebraska extended its lead to 27-7 on Bernard's 1-yard touchdown run with 5:22 to play in the period.
Nebraska scored twice and Tri-Cities once in the final 50 seconds of the quarter, and the Danger entered halftime with a 41-14 lead.
Tri-Cities outscored Nebraska 12-0 in the third, but the Danger put up the first 11 points of the fourth.
Bernard went 12-of-25 passing for 204 yards and four touchdowns, and he also ran for two TDs. Simpson finished with six catches for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Gant had five catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns for Tri-Cities.