The Omaha Nighthawks and the Hartford Colonials will face off for the second time this season, in what will be a critical game as the United Football League’s first half comes to a close. Omaha (2-1) comes to Connecticut off its first-ever loss in Week 4, while Hartford will play its third of four home games at Rentschler Field trying to snap a two-game losing streak.
In Week 2, the Nighthawks and Colonials played the closest game in UFL history in front of the league‘s first sellout crowd at Rosenblatt Stadium. The Colonials ran out to a 23-10 lead, but the Nighthawks rallied, winning game with six seconds to go on a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeff Garcia to wide receiver Robert Ferguson. The 13-point deficit was the largest ever overcome to win a UFL game.
With five of the first eight UFL games this season decided by a touchdown or less, expectations of another close game Saturday are understandable.
In that first meeting, Hartford quarterback Josh McCown set a UFL single-game record for completion percentage at 88 percent, and middle linebacker Franz Joseph had 10 total tackles and a pass breakup.
Omaha’s victory was led by Garcia, who threw for three touchdowns overall; middle linebacker Nick Greisen, who had seven total tackles and three stops for loss and cornerback Ricardo Colclough, who had six total tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup on defense and three kickoff returns for 95 yards on special teams.
Two factors to watch for in Saturday’s game are the weather and injuries.
The forecast for Hartford on Saturday calls for 20-plus-mile-an-hour winds and a 20-percent chance of precipitation.
As for injuries, the Nighthawks have 19 players listed on the official injury report, including four defensive players listed as out – cornerback DeMarcus Faggins, linebackers Morlon Greenwood and Nick Greisen and safety Aaron Rouse. The Colonials, on the other hand, have just nine players on their injury list, and none listed as out.