New Orleans, LA - The San Jose SaberCats won their third championship in six seasons, 55-33 over the Columbus Destroyers. San Jose QB Mark Grieb was named ArenaBowl MVP on the strength of a 24-of-29, 218 yard, four touchdown performance.

The SaberCats defense was able to pressure Columbus into a pair of costly turnovers, as both Clevan Thomas and Omarr Smith had interceptions for San Jose. The SaberCats did not have a turnover in the game. With the win, San Jose head coach Darren Arbet joined Tim Marcum as the only head coaches in AFL history to win at least three ArenaBowls.

San Jose got the first defensive stop of the game midway through the second quarter on Thomas' interception on ball thrown by the Destroyers' QB Matt Nagy that was tipped at the line of scrimmage by 'Cats defensive lineman George Williams. Williams then entered the game on offense and caught a 1-yard pass from Grieb to give the SaberCats a 27-14 lead that the team would carry on to the second half. After being outscored by Columbus 13-7 in the third quarter, San Jose's offense found a rhythm in the fourth quarter with 21 points to close out the game.

In the fourth quarter San Jose scored on rushing touchdowns by James Roe and Brian Johnson, giving the team three total rushing touchdowns for the night. Columbus, which led the league in rushing during the regular season, managed only one score on the ground on only 11 total yards, while San Jose had 13 total rushing yards. The announced attendance of 17,056 set an AFL record for highest attendance at a game played at a neutral site.

Sun, Jul 29, 2007 1 2 3 4 F
Columbus Destroyers 7 7 13 6 33
San Jose SaberCats 14 13 7 21 55
Team Q Time Scoring Play V-H
SJS 1 11:09 Johnson 4 run (Haglund kick) 0-7
CLB 1 6:33 Wells 1 run (Martinez kick) 7-7
SJS 1 3:11 Grieb 7 pass to Roe 14-7
CLB 2 10:03 Nagy 1 pass to Hilliard (Martinez kick) 14-14
SJS 2 9:06 George 56 kickoff return (Haglund kick failed) 20-14
SJS 2 3:01 Grieb 1 pass to Williams III (Haglund kick) 27-14
CLB 3 8:01 Nagy 3 pass to Magner (Martinez kick) 27-21
SJS 3 3:06 Grieb 4 pass to Nelson (Haglund kick) 34-21
CLB 3 0:00 Nagy 39 pass to Groce (Martinez kick failed) 34-27
SJS 4 10:28 Glover 1 run (Haglund kick) 41-27
SJS 4 6:05 Grieb 20 pass to Roe (Haglund kick) 48-27
CLB 4 1:00 Nagy 8 pass to Saunders (Martinez pass failed) 48-33
SJS 4 0:38 Johnson 4 run (Haglund kick) 55-33

Columbus Destroyers Passing

NAGY, Matt243470.62036.042

San Jose SaberCats Passing

GRIEB, Mark242982.82187.540

Columbus Destroyers Rushing

GROCE, Damien471.80
WELLS, Harold441.01
NAGY, Matt100.00

San Jose SaberCats Rushing

JOHNSON, Brian7121.72
GLOVER, Phil210.51

Columbus Destroyers Receiving

GROCE, Damien10999.91
MAGNER, Cole7689.71
SAUNDERS, David3217.01
BUSH, Josh294.50
WELLS, Harold155.00
HILLIARD, Jason111.01

San Jose SaberCats Receiving

WRIGHT, Rodney10949.40
ROE, James8769.52
NELSON, Ben5479.41
WILLIAMS, George111.01

Columbus Destroyers MFG Returns


San Jose SaberCats MFG Returns

THOMAS, Clevan11010.00

Columbus Destroyers INT Returns


San Jose SaberCats INT Returns

SMITH, Omarr100.00
THOMAS, Clevan100.00

Columbus Destroyers Kickoff Returns

BUSH, Josh78612.30
BARRE, BJ11717.00

San Jose SaberCats Kickoff Returns

GEORGE, Trestin310434.71
WRIGHT, Rodney11515.00
FLOYD, Marquis100.00

Columbus Destroyers Kicking

PlayerPAT M/A%FG M/A%
MARTINEZ, Peter3/475.00/20.0

San Jose SaberCats Kicking

PlayerPAT M/A%FG M/A%
HAGLUND, AJ7/887.50/00.0

Columbus Destroyers Defense

HEFFLIN, Brandon8.0800000
BROWN, Jerald5.5510001
SHELLEY, Jason4.0400000
JONES, Ken3.0220000
BARRE, BJ2.0200000
KOCHER, Ken2.0200000
THOMPSON, Leroy1.5110000
SAUNDERS, David1.5110000
MAGNER, Cole1.0100000
KINNEY, Kelvin1.0100000
HARRIS, Josh1.0100000
BUSH, Josh1.0100000
WELLS, Harold0.5010010

San Jose SaberCats Defense

SMITH, Omarr9.0900000
WATSON, Steve7.5551200
FLOYD, Marquis7.0700000
THOMAS, Clevan3.5310000
GLOVER, Phil3.0220000
WRIGHT, Rodney2.0200000
HARPER, Alan1.5110000
WILLIAMS, George1.5110000
JONES, Ron1.0101400
HAGLUND, AJ1.0100000
NELSON, Ben1.0100000