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DeAndrew Rubin leads Tampa Bay Storm past Arizona Rattlers 62-61 for coach Tim Marcum's 200th win

DeAndrew Rubin, looking for running room, catches nine passes for a career-high 184 yards and a career-high five touchdowns.

EDWARD LINSMIER | Times

DeAndrew Rubin, looking for running room, catches nine passes for a career-high 184 yards and a career-high five touchdowns.

TAMPA — It had been eight years since DeAndrew Rubin last played a home game in Tampa. It sure didn't take him long to get reacclimated.

The former USF receiver caught five touchdowns to help the Storm beat Arizona 62-61 in front of an announced 12,874 at the St. Pete Times Forum on Saturday.

"It was a blast out there," Rubin said.

The victory made Tim Marcum the first Arena Football League coach to reach 200 wins.

"It says I've been at this a long time," said Marcum, who is in his 15th season with the Storm and 21st overall in the league. "It's good to get it out of the way because it's not about me. It's about the guys out on the field."

The Storm (2-2) committed a combined five turnovers in its two losses (compared with none in its win). Saturday, Hank Edwards' fourth-quarter fumble proved costly. Anthony Mix caught a touchdown two plays later as the Rattlers tied it at 48.

Tyrone Timmons' 10-yard touchdown catch put Tampa Bay ahead again, but Garrett Rivas missed his second extra point of the game to keep the score 54-48. Mix hauled in a 26-yard touchdown on the next play from scrimmage to give Arizona its first lead, 55-54.

But Rubin, who finished with nine catches for a career-high 184 yards and a career high in touchdowns in his first game since being activated from the physically unable to perform list, came up big again. The graduate of St. Petersburg's Dixie Hollins High ran under a 37-yard pass from Brett Dietz for the go-ahead touchdown.

Rubin also caught touchdowns of 32, 39, 12 and 9 yards.

"Feeling that electricity from the home crowd, I can't even explain it," said Rubin, in his fourth season after spending his first 21/2 with Orlando.

Dietz then scrambled to find Terrance Royal on the two-point conversion to make it 62-55 with just more than a minute left.

The Rattlers got the ball back with 1:10 to go on their 4, and J.J. McKelvey caught a 4-yard touchdown with 7.4 seconds to play. Arizona went for the two-point conversion and the win, but Nick Davila's pass sailed high.

Storm 62

Arizona 61

DeAndrew Rubin leads Tampa Bay Storm past Arizona Rattlers 62-61 for coach Tim Marcum's 200th win 05/01/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 2, 2010 12:08am]
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