PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Power (4-4) got back in the win column Saturday night with a 51-41 win over the Spokane Shock (3-5).
Bernard Morris made his first start since going on the injured reserve list and was a big factor early in the game.
With the Power already down 6-0, Morris sprinted up the sidelines for a 31-yard touchdown to give Pittsburgh an early 7-6 lead.
Morris completed 18 of 33 passes for 226 yards with five touchdowns and one interception in the game. He also scored two rushing touchdowns.
Pittsburgh’s offense stalled in the second quarter as the Shock outscored them 14-0 to take a 27-14 lead at halftime.
The adjustments made at the half paid dividends, as the Power outscored Spokane 20-7 in the third quarter to tie the game 34-34.
Late in the fourth quarter with the score tied 41-41, Morris hooked up with Jason Willis for the eventual game-winning touchdown.
Willis caught seven passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
With under a minute to play, Spokane had one last chance to tie the game. However, LaRico Stevenson picked off an overthrown ball by Kyle Rowley to end the threat.
Pittsburgh would add a field goal to seal the deal, which handed the defending Arena Bowl champions their fifth loss of the season.
Pittsburgh only trails the Cleveland Gladiators (5-2) in the American Conference East Division standings.
The Power will host the San Jose SaberCats (5-3) at 7:30 p.m. on May 14.