CEDAR RAPIDS — Colton Hansen showed last night he could be the leader the Cedar Rapids Titans will need in their second season. He gave the Titans a performance to remember in their final game of their initial season in Cedar Rapids.
The former University of Dubuque standout tossed four touchdown passes, including three to Johnnie King III, and scrambled 40 yards for another as Cedar Rapids closed the 2012 campaign with a heart-stopping 42-38 win over the Nebraska Danger before a crowd of 3,700 fans at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. The Titans finished at 4-10, Nebraska at 5-9.
But as has been the case in several Titan games, the hosts had a chance to put the game away in the fourth quarter but didn’t convert. Nebraska pulled within four when quarterback Rocky Hinds hooked up with Ryan Moore on a 22-yard TD pass with 4:20 left and hit Moore with a 2-point scoring pass. It was Moore’s third TD of the game.
The Danger then stopped the Titans and got the ball back after a missed Scott Enos field goal with 2:18 remaining. Nebraska drove to the Titans 9 but Hinds’ fourth-down pass to Kayne Farquharson was knocked away in the end zone by T.J. Simmons with 50 seconds left. Hansen took a knee twice to close the game.
Hansen provided a spark that has been lacking at times. He used his quick feet to keeping plays alive, keeping the Nebraska defense off stride. He hit King with two scoring tosses in the first half and then eluded the Nebraska pass rush and dropped a nifty toss off to Tyler Batts who shot through a pair of Danger tacklers to complete a 13-yard scoring play.
Nebraska scored on the final play of the first half, cutting the gap to 33-24, but Hansen and King hooked up again midway through the third quarter on a 33-yard scoring play to give the momentum back to Cedar Rapids. That was Cedar Rapids’ final TD.
Hansen finished with 95 yards rushing for Cedar Rapids.