NEW ORLEANS — Before Sunday's game, Tampa Bay Storm defensive line coach Dave Ewart said that having "a short-term memory is a must."
For the Storm, forgetting the way it was dominated in the second quarter may be hard to do as New Orleans put up 34 unanswered points in the quarter as the Storm dropped its first game of the season 76-55 after committing four turnovers at New Orleans Arena on Sunday.
"That's what happens when you don't take care of the football," said Storm coach Tim Marcum, whose team turned the ball over three times in the second quarter. "Every way that you can possibly screw that thing up, we did."
In addition to the two interceptions and two fumbles for the game, the Storm also failed to recover any of the four missed field goals (only one miss by the Storm). The 76 points were the most Tampa Bay (2-1) has ever allowed in a game. The previous high was 71 in a loss at now-defunct Albany in 1994.
On Tampa Bay's first possession of the second quarter, quarterback Brett Dietz's pass was tipped and intercepted by defensive back Lin-J Shell, who returned it 35 yards for a touchdown and a 28-14 VooDoo lead.
Then Dietz threw an interception on the next drive, then on the following Tampa Bay possession, Hank Edwards' fumble was recovered by the VooDoo (2-1). Both turnovers led to scores.
"It was just good for us to create some turnovers and force their quarterback into some bad decisions," VooDoo coach Mike Neu said. "That's been the great thing about Tampa through the first two weeks is they took good care of the football."
Storm kicker Seth Marler missed a 58-yard field goal as time expired in the quarter, but New Orleans' Wendall Williams took the missed field goal and returned it 57 yards for the fifth VooDoo TD of the quarter.
The Storm put up 41 points in the second half, including 27 in the fourth quarter.
"They did what they had to do in the second half and made us earn it with the slow clock, but I like the way our guys came back," Marcum said. "We just have a lot to work on."
The Storm suffered another injury setback in the third quarter when wide receiver/return specialist Sedrick Robinson sprained his left ankle on a kickoff return. Robinson and the team's other injuries will be helped by a bye week.
Dietz threw for 328 yards and five touchdowns, all to Edwards, who finished with 12 catches for 189 yards.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.