EFL Home 2004 Season Week 8
Wilmington Snooze-Terminal, October 3, 2004

Seagulls’ Upset Highlights Wins by Cherries’ Rivals

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Atlantic City linebacker Jason Gildon ran back an interception of a Chad Pennington pass 82 yards to break a 10-10 tie with 5:38 left to cap a second-half comeback lifting the Seagulls (4-4) to a 17-10 upset of the Pittsburgh Ironmen (5-3).

Pennington threw interceptions on the last three Ironmen possessions. Early in the fourth quarter, defensive back Jack Brewer intercepted for Atlantic City on their own 32-yard line.

After Gildon’s runback broke the tie, Pittsburgh drove down to the Atlantic City 19 with 3:16 to go. On first down, Gildon sacked Pennington. On 3rd and 19, Pennington threw for wide receiver Nate Burleson in the end zone, but the ball was picked off by defensive back Chidi Iwuoma for a touchback.

Atlantic City was able to retain possession for the rest of the game, advancing as far as the Pittsburgh 3 before killing the clock with Vinny Testaverde kneel-downs.

The Delaware Cherries fell into last place in the Central Division as a result of Atlantic City’s win and New York’s defeat of Albany. The other member of the division, the first place Philadelphia Lakers, also won.

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Empires 26 Racers 17

Kicker Rian Lindell broke a 17-17 tie with a 35-yard field goal late in the third quarter, and New York (4-4) went on to dump Albany (4-4) and put a stop to the visitors’ four-game winning streak. Lindell booted four field goals in four tries including 31- and 26-yarders in the fourth quarter, enabling New York to expand their lead. Albany’s Jeff Wilkins, Lindell’s opposite number, missed two of his three attempts. Running back Stephen Davis paced the New York offense with 164 yards rushing on 25 carries. New York tight end Tony Gonzales and wide receiver Ike Hilliard each had six receptions, including a touchdown.
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Crush 41 Bolts 35

Syracuse (6-2) won a wild one at home over Baltimore (4-4) in the eighth minute of overtime when quarterback Patrick Ramsey hit wide receiver Laveranues Coles with a 3-yard touchdown pass. Baltimore had sent the game into overtime in the last minute of regulation on a 2-yard touchdown run by fullback Nick Goings and Morten Andersen’s extra point. Taking the overtime kickoff, Baltimore drove to the Syracuse 1-yard line but had to settle for an Andersen field goal attempt after linebacker Scott Fujita sacked quarterback Kerry Collins. Andersen’s 26-yard attempt was blocked by Syracuse lineman Kevin Williams. Ramsey threw for 458 yards and four touchdowns.
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Lakers 24 Comets 16

Visiting Philadelphia (5-3) bested Connecticut (2-6) on a 35-yard field goal by Matt Bryant with 6:18 remaining. The kick, which put Philadelphia in front to stay, 17-16, changed the lead in the game for the third time. Philadelphia running back Jamal Lewis, who led all rushers with 178 yards on 24 carries, had put his team ahead 14-10 early in the third quarter on a one-yard touchdown run. Then Connecticut kicker Aaron Elling kicked field goals of 42 and 44 yards to put his team into the lead 16-14 with 12:55 left. After the ensuing kickoff, Philadelphia drove 68 yards on 15 plays to set up Bryant’s winning boot. Defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen of Philadelphia sacked Connecticut quarterback Tom Brady four times.
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Steam Roller 28 Capitols 21

Providence (4-4) scored 12 unanswered first quarter points and held off host Washington (3-5). Losing for the third time in a row, Washington never led but narrowed the margin to 25-21 with 5:45 left on a 5-yard scoring pass from quarterback Daunte Culpepper to tight end Wesley Walls and a two-point conversion run by Antowain Smith. Providence retaliated with a 46-yard Doug Brien field goal. Culpepper then drove Washington to the Providence 22-yard line but ran out of time. Providence’s top performer on offense was running back Priest Holmes, who had 124 yards rushing on 30 carries and three catches for 29 yards.
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