PITTSBURGH - It looked like Orlando would remove the bagel from its win column Saturday night at Consol Energy Center when it opened a 48-17 third quarter lead over Pittsburgh.
But the Predators' offense stopped producing and the Power got going behind backup quarterback Derek Cassidy, completing the comeback with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Christian Wise with 8:57 left in overtime to score a stunning 57-54 come from behind Arena Football League win.
Quarterback Justin Roper gave the Predators' impotent offense a much-needed spark in his first start, throwing for 245 yards and six touchdowns. Three of Roper's scoring strikes went to Bobby Sippio, who had seven catches for 83 yards.
Nate Forse, Dwayne Eley, Jr. and Antoine Toliver also caught touchdown passes for Orlando (0-5), but its offense went silent, failing to score for more than 22 minutes in the second half as the Power got its comeback untracked.
Orlando's defense intercepted Cassidy, who replaced injured starter Andrico Hines in the second quarter, four times. One resulted in Eddie Moten's 27-yard touchdown return.
Another interception didn't end so well for Orlando as it fumbled the ball in its end zone in an attempt to return it, resulting in a Pittsburgh touchdown.
Cassidy threw for 148 yards and five touchdowns, including a 23-yard scoring strike to Randy Hymes with 37 seconds remaining that evened the score at 51.
Mark Lewis had a chance to win the game on regulation's last play, but hooked a 44-yard field goal try to the left, forcing overtime. He gave Orlando a 54-51 lead with 9:38 left in OT by connecting from 27 yards out.