TULSA, Okla. -- Another good start wasted.
Another mysterious mid-game slump.
Another loss for the Utah Blaze.
Utah dropped its third Arena Football League contest on Saturday night, falling to the Tulsa Talson 81-51 at Bok Center.
Chris Bocage returned the opening kick for a touchdown for Utah (5-7), and the teams battled back and forth in the first half. The Blaze, playing withouth coach Ron James on the road trip, led 33-27 before the Talons (5-7) got the final two scores of the first half for a 41-33 edge.
But Tulsa poured it on in the first quarter, outscoring Utah 26-12 to basically put the game on ice.
"The turnovers really hurt us again this week and we obviously need to make some corrections to get things turned around," said offensive coordinator Matthew Sauk. "Starting next week we will begin to make those changes and I truly believe we have a team that will keep fighting and pull out of this."
The scoring output was catalyzed on the defensive end as Tulsa scored three defensive touchdowns, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns by J.C. Neal and a fumble recovery by Jamar Ransom. The Talons held the Blaze to just three scores for 18 points in the second half and just six points in the final quarter.
Despite the Talons' stifling defense, Utah quarter, Tommy Grady, managed to still throw for 344 yards and seven touchdowns on 26-of-32 passing but his two picks led directly for 14 Talons points. Quarterback Justin Allgood finished the game 24-of-34 for 254 yards and six touchdown passes.