Las Vegas, NV - Clay Rush drilled a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give the Colorado Crush a 51-48 win in ArenaBowl XIX over the Georgia Force in Colorado's third season in the AFL. Rush's connection gave Colorado its final lead in a game in that the team never trailed, despite sharing the lead three times in the fourth quarter.

The final deadlock came with 18 seconds remaining after Matt Nagy found Chris Jackson for a 20-yard score, but it left just enough time for the Crush to strike back. Colorado got the ball with 18 seconds left at its on 5-yard line, and quarterback John Dutton threw deep, connecting with receiver Kevin McKenzie for 37 yards. An illegal hands to the face penalty on Georgia moved the Crush forward to the Force 4-yard line, setting up the winning field goal attempt.

Colorado's Willis Marshall ran for three scores in the first half, the most for one player in an ArenaBowl since Art Schlichter ran for four in ArenaBowl IV. Marshall also snared six receptions for 111 yards and a score, and tacked on four tackles on defense to walk away with Ironman and Offensive Player of the Game honors.

Colorado's win was a milestone for co-owners Pat Bowlen, Stan Kroenke and John Elway, as each were a part of NFL Championship teams. The Denver Broncos won two Super Bowls under Bowlen's stewardship and Elway's quarterbacking, while Kroenke was a minority owner of the St. Louis Rams during that team's championship season in 1999.

Sun, Jun 12, 2005 1 2 3 4 F
Colorado Crush 10 14 7 20 51
Georgia Force 7 13 7 21 48
Team Q Time Scoring Play V-H
COL 1 12:18 Marshall 1 run (Rush kick) 7-0
COL 1 4:42 Rush 20 FG 10-0
GEO 1 0:42 Nagy 1 run (Garner kick) 10-7
COL 2 11:56 Marshall 4 run (Rush kick) 17-7
GEO 2 5:42 Aldridge 27 run (Garner kick failed) 17-13
COL 2 0:52 Marshall 3 run (Rush kick) 24-13
GEO 2 0:29 Thomas 2 run (Garner kick) 24-20
COL 3 7:53 Dutton 12 pass to Harrell (Rush kick) 31-20
GEO 3 3:01 Nagy 2 pass to Lee (Garner kick) 31-27
COL 4 12:03 Rush 26 FG 34-27
GEO 4 9:19 Nagy 34 pass to Lee (Garner kick) 34-34
COL 4 7:57 Dutton 45 pass to Marshall (Rush kick) 41-34
GEO 4 4:47 Nagy 27 pass to Lee (Garner kick) 41-41
COL 4 3:36 Dutton 30 pass to Harrell (Rush kick) 48-41
GEO 4 0:18 Nagy 20 pass to Jackson (Garner kick) 48-48
COL 4 0:00 Rush 20 FG 51-48

Georgia Force Passing

NAGY, Matt243666.72476.941

Colorado Crush Passing

DUTTON, John234156.13478.530

Georgia Force Rushing

ALDRIDGE, Kevin23015.01
CAREY, Rob2-2- 1.00
THOMAS, Robert122.01
NAGY, Matt111.01

Colorado Crush Rushing

MARSHALL, Willis4123.03
PEAUA, John200.00
DUTTON, John100.00

Georgia Force Receiving

LEE, Derek1213311.13
JACKSON, Chris78412.01
BERGERON, Troy3258.30
CAREY, Rob188.00
WILSON, Gillis1-3- 3.00

Colorado Crush Receiving

HARRELL, Damian812215.32
MARSHALL, Willis611118.51
MCKENZIE, Kevin36220.70
MCCULLOUGH, Andy34113.70
HAWKINS, Ahmad3113.70

Georgia Force MFG Returns

BERGERON, Troy100.00

Colorado Crush MFG Returns


Georgia Force INT Returns


Colorado Crush INT Returns

HAWKINS, Ahmad1-3- 3.00

Georgia Force Kickoff Returns

BERGERON, Troy48220.50
JACKSON, Chris22713.50
GAINES, Kevin122.00

Colorado Crush Kickoff Returns

MARSHALL, Willis12222.00

Georgia Force Kicking

PlayerPAT M/A%FG M/A%
GARNER, Nelson6/785.70/00.0

Colorado Crush Kicking

PlayerPAT M/A%FG M/A%
RUSH, Clay6/6100.03/475.0

Georgia Force Defense

GAINES, Kevin7.0620000
COGGINS, Nate4.0320000
PARKER, Ricky3.5310000
CAREY, Rob2.0200000
THOMAS, Robert1.5110.5300
METTS, Adam1.0100000
ALDRIDGE, Kevin1.0100000
GARNER, Nelson1.0100000
SETZER, Bobby0.5010.5300
JACKSON, Chris0.5010000

Colorado Crush Defense

FLOYD, Rashad9.0820000
HUGHLEY, Delvin6.5610010
MARSHALL, Willis4.0320000
YOUNG, Rich2.5210000
HAWKINS, Ahmad2.0200001
PATU, Saul2.0120000
MCKENZIE, Kevin1.5111500
HUNTER, Hugh1.0100000
MCCULLOUGH, Andy1.0100000
WATTON, Chris0.5010000