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Chicago Rush 59, Kansas City Command 41

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KANSAS CITY - The Chicago Rush finally played a good enough game on the road against a bad enough team.

Quarterback Russ Michna threw for six touchdown passes Saturday night and the defense chipped in enough stops as the Rush won their first Arena Football League road game in nearly three months at Sprint Center, drilling Kansas City 59-41.

It was the first triumph away from Allstate Arena for the Rush (9-5) since a 62-61 overtime decision March 31 over Iowa. They had lost five straight road games since then, allowing at least 56 points in each game and 70 or more three times.

This time, Michna was a model of efficiency, completing 32-of-42 for 301 yards and regularly finding the 1-2 punch of Reggie Gray and Jared Perry. Gray caught 13 passes for 127 yards and four scores, while Perry contributed nine receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

The Rush converted their first seven third down situations and owned the ball for nearly 36 minutes. Meanwhile, their defense got another solid effort from cornerback Jorrick Calvin, who notched his third interception in two weeks and bagged a team-high eight tackles.

On special teams, the Rush also rang the bell when Gray returned a kickoff 56 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Kicker Joe Houston converted all eight extra point tries and a 36-yard field goal with 1:17 left in the game.

The Command (3-11) managed just 200 total yards and would have been totally impotent offensively were it not for Bret Smith, who had nine catches for 140 yards and three touchdowns.

With the win, the Rush stayed within two games of San Antonio in the Central Division. They host San Jose next Saturday night at 7 in a matchup dripping with playoff implications.
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