8:40 P.M. MDT: And we’re back for the second half. Quincy Morgan can’t field the kickoff; it sailed through the end zone for a touchback.
8:41 P.M. MDT: Two penalties in the last three minutes of game time for Mark Fenton; he takes a false-start penalty that puts the Broncos back at their 15. Mike Bell lining up at fullback blocking for Selvin Young; Young goes left behind the blocks of Bell and the offensive line, but is swamped for no gain.
8:43 P.M. MDT: Third-and-14, and Darrell Hackney’s pass is behind Brian Clark, forcing a Broncos punt.
8:44 P.M. MDT: Sauerbrun uncorks a 57-yard punt; the net is 53 after the ball is bobbled upon the return.
8:46 P.M. MDT: In at quarterback for Arizona — Lang Campbell. Sounds like the name of a struggling golfer hacking it on the Asian Tour.
8:47 P.M. MDT: Antwon Burton with some extensive action tonight, although he comes out on third down. Jarvis Moss is still rotating into the game in pass-rush situations … Great play by Hamza Abdullah to capitalize on the fact that Campbell lobbed a pass to Michael Spurlock; the toss gave Abdullah time to move across the field and disrupt the play, giving the Broncos defense a three-and-out.
8:52 P.M. MDT: Broncos trying some deception here … an end-around one moment, a fake end-around the next. The Cardinals didn’t bite on the latter, but Chris Cooper decided to turn Andre Hall into a human Tilt-O-Whirl, grabbing his facemask and turning him about 120 degrees. Thankfully, the play drew a 15-yard face mask.
8:54 P.M. MDT: Hall shows no ill effects, pumping his legs for a 7-yard gain on the next play.
8:55 P.M. MDT: You’ve got to love Darrell Hackney trying to make an impression of John Elway with the run to the right on third down … if he gets hit the right way, he’s helicoptering. Instead, he just has the first down.
8:56 P.M. MDT: We have a Marquay McDaniel sighting … 18 yards on the pass from Hackney, and a trip into the red zone for the Broncos at the Arizona 15 … Paul Smith blocking for Andre Hall now, and he helps the running back get six yards.
8:58 P.M. MDT: Hall running, as Ted Sundquist likes to say, “with authority.” He’s pounded the Broncos to the 2… and then burrows his way behind the left side of the offensive line for his second touchdown of the night.
9:01 P.M. MDT: Sauerbrun’s first kickoff to NOT make it to the end zone comes about three yards short. Arizona will take over at its 23 after the return.
9:06 P.M. MDT: Denver’s defense playing with a two-score lead for the first time this month … It has Arizona in third-and-7 at the Cardinals 39 … Plenty of defenders there to force an incompletion, with Jeff Shoate leaving the way.
9:09 P.M. MDT: Nice 21-yard punt return by Glenn Martinez, who tightroped the sideline for some extra yardage. Martinez has struggled with injuries this summer, but when he’s in the lineup, he has nice body control for a player of his lanky build. An intriguing prospect … especially since he found fifth gear pretty quickly on that return.
9:10 P.M. MDT: Third time for the end-around to Hixon, and this time it goes for a 1-yard loss.
9:11 P.M. MDT: More props for Martinez, the pride of Auburndale High School … nice comeback to get 10 yards on the third-and-9 pass from Hackney. By the way, Auburndale’s nickname is the Bloodhounds, and one of their rivals in Polk County, Fla. is Lakeland, whose nickname is the Dreadnaughts. Gotta love Polk County football … some of the best in what is, in my opinion, the best football state. (Sorry, Texas, but I’ve got to represent my former home.)
9:13 P.M. MDT: Now it’s Nate Jackson’s turn to get one of Hackney’s tosses for a third-down conversion. The first-year quarterback is looking more comfortable as the game progresses. Quarter’s over … more coming in the fourth-quarter entry.
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