SIOUX CITY – Darrian Miller ran for three touchdowns, Solomon St. Pierre intercepted two passes and the Sioux City Bandits ended their three-game losing streak by defeating the Omaha Beef 52-40 in a Champions Indoor Football contest at the Tyson Events Center Saturday.
Leading 38-33 in the fourth quarter, Sioux City’s Cory Butler-Byrd intercepted an Omaha pass to stop a Beef drive deep in Sioux City territory. On the next play, Liam Nadler threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Brandon Shepherd to extend the Bandits' lead to 45-33 with 8:08 left in the game.
Omaha (3-5) responded with a two-play drive capped by a three-yard touchdown run from Travis Ribbing to pull within 45-40 with 6:59 left in the game.
Sioux City (5-3) answered with an eight-play, 25-yard drive that chewed 5:28 off the clock.
After a false start left Sioux City facing third and 12, Nadler completed a 21-yard pass to Frederick Bruno to keep the drive alive. Three plays later, the Beef were flagged for pass interference on third down to keep the Bandits drive alive again. On the next play, Miller scored on a three-yard run, his third touchdown of the evening, to give the Bandits a 52-40 lead with just 1:31 left.
St. Pierre intercepted another Omaha pass on the first play of the ensuing drive to effectively end the game.
Miller finished with 68 yards rushing on 18 carries. Bruno had six carries for 22 yards and a touchdown and added three catches for 35 more yards. Nadler completed 6 of 10 passes for 80 yards.
Omaha outgained Sioux City in total offense 213-178, but the Beef also had three turnovers while Sioux City had none.
John Gibbs completed 17 of 31 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown for Omaha, but he also threw three interceptions.
The Bandits defeated the Beef 33-30 on March 24 in Omaha.
Sioux City hosts the Kansas City Phantoms on Saturday. The Bandits defeated the Phantoms 69-55 on April 7 in Sioux City.