Rhein Fire 31, Galaxy 8
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Safety Matt Gay scored two touchdowns and forced three turnovers Saturday as the Duesseldorf Rhein Fire blasted German rival Frankfurt Galaxy 31-8.
Gay, a former Kansas player, returned a fumble for a 44-yard TD and returned an interception for a 76-yard TD as the Rhein Fire jumped to a 21-0 first-quarter lead.
Gay’s second touchdown led to Galaxy starting quarterback Steve Pelluer being yanked from the game and being replaced by Brad Bretz.
Pelluer, a former Dallas Cowboy, has been picked off seven times and failed to throw a touchdown in the past four games for slumping Frankfurt (4-4), which lost its fourth straight.
The Rhein Fire (3-5) exploded for two touchdowns in the first 103 seconds of a game played in front of a WLAF record crowd for 1996 of 30,798.
On the opening drive, fullback Derrick Clark scored on a 5-yard run. Seconds later, Gay scooped up a fumble by Frankfurt Ingo Seibert and returned it for a score.
Terry Dean, replacing flu-ridden starter Andy Kelly at quarterback, then hooked up with Byron Chamberlain for a 5-yard TD pass.