It took the Vikings one quarter to adjust to the 104 degree heat. Phoenix led 3-0 at the end of the first period, then stood stunned as the Vikings reeled off 27 points in the second quarter. Leading 14-10, Ricks scored twice in the final 1:11 of the second period to lead 27-10 at the half. Ricks added 23 more in the third, and closed with 14 in the fourth.
Quarterback Robbie Haas threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth. Late in the third quarter, Luke Knuppenburg took over and ran for two TD's while throwing for a third. Jon Clark caught nine passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, and Brantley Oakey added 209 all purpose yards.
The defense was led by the D-Line that forced Phoenix QB Vince Fiori into bad passes and haunted Bears receivers into numerous drops.
Box Score (Final)
RICKS vs Phoenix Bears (Sep 29, 2001 at Phoenix, AZ)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
RICKS 0 - 27 - 23 - 14 - 64
Phoenix Bears 3 - 7 - 0 - 0 - 10
Ricks Bears Down on Phoenix
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