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Storm blows 21-point lead in OT loss


© St. Petersburg Times, published February 18, 2003

LAS VEGAS -- Sedrick Robinson's 2-yard touchdown run with 8:47 remaining in overtime capped Las Vegas' rally from a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit as the Gladiators stunned the Storm 61-55 in Las Vegas' home opener Monday at the Thomas and Mack Center.

The loss was the second in a row for the Storm (1-2), which dropped into third place in the Southern Division, two games behind first-place Orlando (3-0).

Tampa Bay's Pete Elezovic missed a 54-yard field-goal attempt as time expired, sending the game into overtime.

The Storm appeared to have the game in hand after scoring 22 consecutive points between the third and fourth quarters to take a 55-34 lead with 11:15 remaining.

But the Gladiators' Jeriod Johnson intercepted two John Kaleo passes in the final five minutes, returning one 32 yards for a touchdown, and Las Vegas tied the score on Jay McDonagh's pass to Mike Horacek with 1:00 left.

The Storm stopped attempting extra-point kicks early in the third quarter after Elezovic missed the third of his four tries.

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