ALLEN, Texas – Six weeks ago, the Cedar Rapids Titans held the Texas Revolution scoreless through one half on the way to a 60-21 victory.
If Saturday’s rematch was any indication, plenty has changed, as the Titans suffered their third straight loss in an 82-72 setback from the Allen Event Center.
Cedar Rapids (4-3) did itself no favors by surrendering touchdowns on 11 of Texas’ (3-3) 12 offensive series for 285 total yards.
The Titans failed to keep pace, with an interception by Frankie Solomon Jr. on Charles McCullum setting up a four-play, 41-yard Texas scoring drive that gave the Revolution a 27-20 lead with 7:14 remaining in the first half.
Texas wouldn’t relinquish that advantage, scoring on all but one series – a possession with just 14 seconds remaining in the first half that ended in a missed field goal.
In particular, Revolution quarterback Marcus Jackson haunted the Titans defense for a torturous 60 minutes, accounting for nine touchdowns alone – six rushing and three passing – in addition to 179 yards through the air and 78 on the ground.
The Cedar Rapids defense sullied a night in which the Titans offense compiled 333 yards for a season-high 72 points.
Cedar Rapids did its damage early with the tried-and-true rushing tandem of Laron Council and McCullum, who combined for 200 yards on the night.
The duo accounted for rushing touchdowns to cap Cedar Rapids’ first three drives of the game, with Council scoring on runs of 2 and 6 yards within the first eight minutes of the opening quarter for a 14-7 lead.
Council wasn’t done there, finding the end zone six times total and rushing for 126 yards in the loss.
Operating as Cedar Rapids’ lone signal caller for the first time all season, McCullum responded by balancing a short-yardage passing attack for 139 yards on 16-of-31 attempts, three touchdowns and one interception along with 74 rushing yards.
Carl Sims led all Cedar Rapids targets with 61 yards and two touchdowns on six catches.
McCullum’s lone pick forced the Titans into playing catch-up for the remainder of the half, managing to creep within one score at 40-34 with 14 seconds left in the second quarter after a 31-yard run by Council set up a 5-yard touchdown pass from McCullum to V’Keon Lacey.
The Titans’ special teams did the team no favors by allowing a pair of kickoff return scores by Solomon and committing a penalty that negated a 53-yard scoring return by T.J. Simmons in the first quarter.
With Texas scoring at will and leading by as many as 17 points deep into the second half, a number of lengthy Simmons kickoff returns and ensuing Council touchdown runs never allowed the Revolution to pull away, but that requisite defensive stop for Cedar Rapids never came.
Now 4-3 after a 4-0 start to their 2013 IFL campaign, the Titans return to action Saturday at 7:05 p.m. when they host the Chicago Slaughter.