SALT LAKE CITY -- Someone should tell Aaron Lesue the laws of physics also apply to him.
It seems he may not be savvy to Isaac Newton's work after the Utah State alumnus turned Utah Blaze wide receiver seemingly suspended himself in mid-air while nabbing a go-ahead touchdown that sent him over an endzone barrier during Utah's 63-62 thriller over the Iowa Barnstormers on Friday night.
"That was one of the greatest catches I've ever seen in arena football," coach Ron James said of his wideout. "He is a truly gifted athlete."
The Arena Football League's leading scorer found the end zone a total of four times while logging 166 yards on 11 catches at EnergySolutions Arena.
Fresh off a solid road win last weekend quarterback Tommy Grady kept his third-ranked scoring offense (61.8 points per game) tight, scoring on the first play from scrimmage as wide receiver Alvance Robinson collected his 23-yard pass that bounced off the boards of the end zone's left side barrier.
Grady finished 27-of-39 with eight touchdowns and 291 yards after 325 yards and 10 TD's in Jacksonville last weekend.
"He was a little off tonight especially in the first half," James said of his shot-caller. "We simplified the reads a little bit and the lesson was if you're not sharp, how can we rebound in the second half."
Leading the league in sacks with 18 over five games and two of the AFL's top three sack leaders (middle linebacker Mike Lewis with seven; Caesar Rayford, 4.5) the Blaze looked to their defensive front facing one of the league's most efficient passers in Iowa QB J.J. Raterink who entered Friday's contest with just a pair of interceptions to his 26 TDS.
Despite three sacks and constant pressure, Raterink kept Iowa close throughout the night with 356 yards and seven touchdowns
Tit-for-tat touchdowns kept the game close through most of the second half until Lesue's touchdown and later an onside kick recovery sealed Utah's fourth win of the season.
Utah (4-2) hits the road for an April 28 meeting with the Milwaukee Mustangs before returning home to host the Spokane Shock on May 5.