The Freeze is getting used to that winning feeling. For the second week in a row, Minnesota finished on the positive side of the ledger with a 28-22 road win over the Virginia Admirals.
“We’ve been chipping away and chipping away, and we’re starting to see the fruits of our labors,” said Minnesota head coach Dave Dickenson. “We’ll take the positive things we’ve seen from these last two games and see if we can build on them and keep the momentum rolling.”
The expansion Admirals built up a 6-0 lead with a pair of field goals. Sluggish early, the Freeze offense kicked into gear on their first possession of the second quarter, driving 75 yards in 6 plays. Mike Reilly made it count, tossing an 18-yard touchdown to Robert Foster. A Corey Graham interception got them the ball right back, and Reilly wasted no time, going over the top to Antonio Callaway for a 55-yard touchdown.
Following another Virginia field goal, Reilly threw his third touchdown of the half, this time to Jaron Brown, to grab a commanding 21-9 halftime lead.
Virginia benched their quarterback at the break and found some success with journeyman Drew Tate stepping in and leading a scoring drive early in the third.
Minnesota was kept out of the end again until midway through the fourth quarter, when Corey Clement punched it in from five yards out to put the game out of reach with under eight minutes to play.
Tate added his second touchdown pass of the game with under three minutes remaining.
Reilly finished the night 19 of 33 passing for 267 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Callaway was his top target with 5 catches for 112 yards and a score. Brown caught 4 for 55 with a touchdown, and Foster added 4 for 46 and a score.
Clement ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
Foye Oluokun and Joe Ostman led the defense with 7 tackles apiece. Mike Catapano notched a pair of sacks.
The Freeze (2-3) aim for their third-straight win this week at home against the 0-5 Oklahoma Roughnecks.