SALT LAKE CITY — Storm quarterback Brett Dietz completed 23 of 37 passes for 323 yards and nine touchdowns — five to Hank Edwards — Saturday as Tampa Bay rolled to a 65-40 victory over Utah, its fifth win in a row, to grab a share of the South Division lead with Jacksonville.
Edwards caught 14 passes for 195 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown from Dietz on the first play from scrimmage. Edwards added scores of 15, 16, 14 and 4 yards.
Led by lineman Kelvin Kinney, the Storm defense had one of its best games, producing five turnovers, blocking a field goal attempt and holding Utah to a season-low 40 points.
Dietz led Tampa Bay (7-3) to a season-high 65 points. He also hit Tyrone Timmons nine times for 117 yards and three touchdowns. DeAndrew Rubin also caught a scoring pass.
The Storm led 21-6 when Blaze lineman Roushon Rowser recovered a fumble in the second quarter that allowed the Blaze to get back into the game. Utah was led by receiver Aaron Boone with 10 receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
Utah cut the deficit to eight points by halftime, but the Storm got four of its five turnovers in the second half to take command.