SALT LAKE CITY -- Controlling the ball and clock in the last minute of an Arena Football League game can be an almost impossible exercise.
But the Rush did it to perfection Saturday night at EnergySolutions Arena, bleeding all three of Utah's timeouts while moving the ball into range for Jose Martinez to kick a 23-yard field goal as time expired to secure a 59-56 win.
Chicago (3-2) won its third straight and moved a game ahead of Iowa, which it visits Friday night, for first place in the Central Division. The Blaze (1-3) lost their third in a row.
After Utah tied the score at 56 on Tommy Grady's 45-yard pass to Brandon Tompkins and a two-point conversion pass to Mario Urrutia with 2:25 left, the Rush grabbed an onside kick. Semaj Moody came up with the bouncing football at the Chicago 22.
Carson Coffman completed first-down passes of 11 and 10 yards to Vic Hall and Reggie Gray, respectively, to push the ball to the Blaze 6. That forced Utah to burn its timeouts as the Rush ran all but 0.3 of a second off the clock to set up Martinez, who made no mistake as time expired.
Coffman went 22-of-37 passing for 275 yards and five touchdowns. More important, he was interception-free, which couldn't be said about Grady.
While the Blaze quarterback passed for 345 yards and seven scores, Grady also threw four interceptions. The last came in the fourth quarter and resulted in Kelvin Morris' 32-yard touchdown return that made it 56-48.
Rodney Wright scored three touchdowns for the Rush before leaving early in the second half with an injury. Gray caught nine passes for 121 yards and two scores.