The Sioux City Bandits edged the Wichita Wild 48-47 on Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa, for the Wild's third consecutive loss.
Wild quarterback Dixie Wooten threw five touchdowns passes — three of them to Clinton Solomon.
But Wichita never led Saturday night. A touchdown on a fumble return by Wichita's Donta Moore made the score 7-7 in the first quarter, but the Bandits scored the next 10 points to take control and never relinquished the lead.
Solomon and Wooten hooked up for TD passes of 24, 11 and 38 yards. Wooten also hit Hurtiss Chinn for a 25-yard score and Edgar Givens for a 7-yard TD. The Wild's other touchdown came on a 6-yard run by Darius Fudge.
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Tanis Ready led Wichita with nine tackles, while Byron Garvin Ene Akpan added six apiece. The defense failed to register a sack or an interception.
The Wild plays at Colorado next Saturday, the second of three straight games away from home.
Wichita7 12 12 16 — 47 Sioux City7 18 10 13 — 48
SC— Williams 2 pass from Jensen (Hudnall kick)
W—Moore 45 fumble return (Pohlman kick)
SC—Tonga 1 run (Hudnall kick)
SC—Hudnall 39 FG
W—Solomon 25 pass from Wooten (kick failed)
SC—Williams 24 pass from Jensen (kick failed)
W—Fudge 6 run (kick failed)
SC—Mothershead 10 run (Hudnall kick)
W—Solomon 11 pass from Wooten (kick failed)
SC Hudnall 21 FG
W—Chinn 25 pass from Wooten (pass failed)
SC—Burrell 8 pass from Jensen (Hudnall kick)
W—Solomon 38 pass from Wooten (Solomon pass from Wooten
SC—Hudnall 18 FG
SC—Hudnall 28 FG
W—Givens 7 pass from Wooten (Solomon pass from Wooten)
Rushing — Wichita, Fudge 10-32, Wooten 3-6; Sioux City, Jensen 12-40, Mothershead 8-21, Wilbert 4-2, Burrell 3-2, Tonga 1-1.
Passing — Wichita, Wooten 16-22-182-1; Sioux City, Jensen 12-23-119-0.
Receiving — Wichita, Solomon 5-94, Chinn 6-56, Fudge 3-18, Givens 2-14; Sioux City, Burrell 5-46, Williams 3-35, Wilbert 2-28, Johnson 1-6, Mothershead 1-4.