RALSTON, Neb. – Liam Nadler threw for 164 yards and five touchdowns and the Sioux City Bandits won their third straight game by dominating the Omaha Beef 77-31 in a Champions Indoor Football contest at Ralston Arena here Saturday.
The Sioux City offense scored early and often while the defense forced four turnovers and held Omaha to 190 yards of total offense on 48 plays (4.0 yards per play).
Nadler completed 11 of 18 passes for 164 yards with an interception, although the interception was on a long throw to the end zone on the final play of the first half.
Running backs Darrian Miller and Daryl Virgies combined for 108 yards rushing and four touchdowns for Sioux City (7-3). Miller had eight carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns while also adding a 50-yard kickoff return for a score.
Virgies had 10 totes for 46 yards and a pair of scores. Frederick Bruno caught three passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing six times for 27 yards and another score.
Brandon Sheperd only caught one pass for the Bandits, but it was a 40-yard touchdown reception from Nadler to give the Bandits a 53-19 lead with 7:20 left in the third quarter.
Defensively, the Bandits had just one sack but tallied six tackles for loss. Soloman St. Pierre, the league leader in interceptions, added two against Omaha to move his season total to eight.
Quarterback Skyler Scott passed for 40 yards and added a rushing touchdown for Omaha (4-7).
Sioux City led 33-13 at halftime, then outscored Omaha 34-18 in the third quarter to take a 67-31 lead into the final stanza.
The Bandits move to 3-0 on the season against the Beef after winning 33-30 on March 24 in Omaha and 52-40 on May 5 in Sioux City.
The Bandits defeated the Kansas City Phantoms 77-26 on May 12 in Sioux City before having a bye last week. This marks the first time since 2016 that the Bandits have won back-to-back games by at least 20 points when Sioux City defeated Salina 46-20 then Chicago 68-45.
That also is the first time that the Bandits have scored at least 70 points in two straight games since their title-winning year of 2015. Sioux City defeated Amarillo 83-52 in the semifinals then Texas 76-61 in the championship game.
Sioux City plays next at Kansas City on Saturday.