O'Sullivan Comes Up Just Short

The Bears had four quarterbacks throwing passes during OTAs at Halas Hall, but QB No. 5 was lighting up scoreboards across the pond. J.T. O'Sullivan put together a sensational year for the Frankfurt Galaxy on his way to being named Offensive co-MVP of NFL Europa, but he wasn't quite able to get it done in the World Bowl. O'Sullivan & Company lost 37-28 to the Hamburg Sea Devils on Saturday.

Washington Redskins-allocated quarterback Casey Bramlet threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns as the Hamburg Sea Devils clinched a first World Bowl crown in team history with a 37-28 victory against the host Frankfurt Galaxy.

In the highest-scoring World Bowl in league history, Bramlet completed 20 of 27 passes for 347 yards and a record four touchdowns. He compiled a passer rating of 155.5 and was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

Wide receiver Marcus Maxwell, of the San Francisco 49ers, caught two scoring strikes from Bramlet while registering 127 yards on five receptions. Galaxy quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan (Chicago Bears) put up a brave fight in a losing cause as he threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns.

The Sea Devils made the perfect start to the contest as they silenced the partisan Frankfurt crowd by marching 70 yards in 12 plays to score the opening points on Casey Bramlet's 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Justin Jenkins. Shane Andrus (Indianapolis Colts) sent the extra point attempt wide right.

Bramlet set up the score with a key 14-yard scramble on third down and a 10-yard completion to Denver Broncos-allocated tight end Teyo Johnson. Frankfurt also gave up 26 yards on two costly penalties.

Frankfurt rolled the dice on its first possession of the game when it went for it on fourth-and-2 at the Hamburg 40-yard line. But the plan backfired when running back DeCori Birmingham (New York Giants) was tackled for a 3-yard loss.

Hamburg took full advantage of the defensive stand when Bramlet hit Jenkins for a 22-yard gain before hooking up with Maxwell on a flea flicker for a 35-yard touchdown with 3:28 remaining in the opening period.

The Galaxy got back into the contest early in the second quarter when O'Sullivan lofted a 24-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Brandon Middleton in the corner of the end zone. Rhys Lloyd kicked the extra point to make it 13-7.

Wide receiver Robert Ortiz set up the touchdown with a 17-yard catch from O'Sullivan on the 11-play, 61-yard drive.

Bramlet moved the Sea Devils back downfield with three completions for 26 yards, including a 12-yard strike to Jenkins, before British running back Jermaine Allen found the end zone from 33 yards out on a tackle-breaking sprint through the Galaxy defense. Andrus added the extra point to give Hamburg a 13-point lead midway through the second period.

Frankfurt's response was immediate. O'Sullivan completed a 36-yard pass to running back Sha-ron Edwards before adding a 14-yard scramble to move into Hamburg territory. Birmingham capped the 65-yard drive when he scored on a 5-yard run through the middle of the Sea Devils defense with 4:28 remaining in the first half.

The Sea Devils added to their lead three seconds before the break when Andrus split the uprights from 24 yards out. Bramlet moved Hamburg into scoring range with a 21-yard pass to Johnson and a 19-yard hookup with wide receiver Rich Parson.

The scoring continued at an impressive rate when Frankfurt pulled to within two points on the opening drive of the second half. O'Sullivan lofted a 24-yard touchdown pass to Ortiz, who kept his feet in at the back of end zone after making the catch. O'Sullivan had earlier hit Middleton for a 40-yard gain into Hamburg territory.

Hamburg faced a third-and-1 on its own 29-yard line on the ensuing drive and Bramlet pulled off another big play when he connected with Maxwell for a 65-yard gain to the Galaxy 6-yard line. But Frankfurt's defense stood firm; linebacker Nick Reid (Kansas City Chiefs) and defensive tackle Zarnell Fitch (New York Jets) recorded sacks.

The scoring opportunity was wasted when Andrus hooked his 23-yard field goal attempt wide left.

A strong defensive showing by the Sea Devils forced the first punt of the game with 5:54 remaining in the third quarter. There were no signs Hamburg was about to slow down offensively. Bramlet faked a reverse to Jenkins before firing a 51-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Josh Davis for a 30-21 lead.

Again, the Galaxy made an immediate response, covering 46 yards in eight plays to score on a 2-yard run by Edwards on the final play of the third quarter. Birmingham had set Frankfurt on its way with a 40-yard kickoff return.

Bramlet threw his fourth touchdown pass of the evening with 10:59 left on the clock when he fired a 10-yard strike to Maxwell to give Hamburg a 37-28 advantage.

Frankfurt had the opportunity to pull to within one score with a little over six minutes remaining in the contest, but Lloyd saw his 45-yard field goal attempt sail wide right.

After an interception, the Sea Devils were able to run the remaining minutes off the clock to record a memorable and historic victory.


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