In a tradition normally reserved for the final buzzer, the arena announcer called for fans to rush the field with just under five minutes left in the first quarter.
The Salt Lake Screaming Eagles had just scored the franchise's first touchdown, after all — and the fans had called the play.
Indoor football returned to Salt Lake City on Thursday night with an inaugural Eagles 78-47 blowout loss to the Nebraska Danger, but the experiment itself provided glimpses of entertaining arena action on the field for a team named, coached and constructed by internet voters.
The first touchdown drive culminated with quarterback Verlon Reed finding receiver Derwyn Lauderdale in the corner of the end zone on a 5-yard pass. Reed got off to a rough start, fumbling in his own end zone to put Nebraska up 7-0 early, but recovered to gash the Danger defense on the ground and through the air to the tune of 227 total yards and seven touchdowns on the night.