Florida Tuskers Defeat Las Vegas Locomotives 29-15, Start UFL Season 2-0.


Basketball isn’t the only sport in Orlando anymore.

The Florida Tuskers defeated the Las Vegas Locomotives 29-15 in front of 12,610 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada to start the season 2-0.

The Tuskers dominated the game from the start to finish. They didn’t allow the Locomotives to score until the fourth quarter and those were just garbage touchdowns when the game was no longer in doubt.

The star of the night was former Wisconsin Badger and Minnesota Viking Quarterback Brooks Bollinger. The Tuskers’ signal called was nearly perfect. He was 24-of-32 for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tay Biddle led the Tuskers with 7 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown.

Frank Murphy got the Tuskers on the board early with a 5-yard touchdown reception to cap off an 80 yard opening drive. The Tuskers then closed the half with three second quarter field goals by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kicker Matt Bryant. You remember Bryant for his 2006 heroics against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Chas Gessnaer made it 22-0 Tuskers with a 12 yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.

After Hard Knocks alum Dede Dorsey blocked a Tusker punt that resulted in a safety, the Tuskers forced the Locomotives to punt after a three-and-out. That’s when Bollinger hit Biddle for his third and final touchdown pass of the day, making it 29-2.

JP Losman threw two fourth quarter touchdowns to Sammie Parker to save face, making the final score 29-15.

The Tuskers out-gained the Locomotives 419 yards to 263 and held the Locomotives to just 75 yards rushing. The Tuskers held the ball for 33 minutes and 38 seconds. Former NFL Running Backs Michael Pittman and Tatum Bell were fairly effective, combining for 93 yards on 23 carries for the Tuskers.

Patrick Chukwurah had two of the Tuskers’ six sacks, Odell Thurman had eight tackles and a sack, and former Florida State Safety Jerome Carter had an interception to lead Florida’s defense.

You can see the full box score from the game here.

Each team will play six games before the two best teams play for the championship on November 27 in Las Vegas.

The Tuskers are named Florida, not Orlando and they will take advantage of that by playing October 30th game against Las Vegas at the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Tuskers will host the California Redwoods next Thursday in the Citrus Bowl. The game will be televised by Versus.

This date shows some poor decision making by the UFL. The Tuskers first home game was last Saturday night, the same time that the highly-anticipated Florida-LSU match-up took place. The Tuskers’ second home game is schedule on the same night as the Florida State-North Carolina game. Central Florida is a college football hotbed and you’d think the UFL would take this into consideration.

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