SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Utah Blaze played poorly in stretches on Saturday night, but played the final minute of action to perfection, storming back for a 58-55 win over the Spokane Shock in Arena Football League action.
With the AFL apparently in disarray due to labor issues, Utah improved to 9-5 on the 2012 season.
Quarterback Tommy Grady passed for nine touchdowns -- five to Tysson Poots -- and only one interception to pace the Blaze.
Utah's defense wasn't great but held Shock QB Kyle Rowley to 298 passing yards. Utah's William Mulder had the team's only interception.
Down 55-44 with a minute to play, Utah scored a pair of TD passes sandwiched around a successful onsides kickoff.
Poots, the former Southern Utah standout, caught the game-winning score from 3 yards out in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
A length-of-the-field game-tying field goal attempt by Spokane (7-6) on the final play of the contest fell short.