SAN JOSE -- The San Jose SaberCats' Aaron Garcia helped set an AFL record, and it's not one he's happy about it, throwing five interceptions Friday night.
The Spokane Shock's Paul Stephens recorded all five interceptions, a league record, and had a possible sixth reversed following a challenge. He returned one for a touchdown.
Garcia threw almost as many interceptions as he did touchdown passes (six), and the SaberCats dropped a 69-47 decision to the Shock in a division contest.
Jamarko Simmons caught 11 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown and Jason Willis caught nine passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns, but San Jose lost its second straight to fall two games off the pace in the loss column of the Shock (5-0), which is off to the best start in team history.
"We just made mistakes that be can be fixed," Simmons said. "We have to go back to the drawing board, take our time and trust each other."
A member of the SaberCats chain gang was carried off the field on a stretcher with a separated shoulder after being run over near the end zone barrier on an incomplete pass with just over seven minutes remaining.
The SaberCats (2-2) never held a lead as the Shock took advantage of three first-half interceptions to build a 34-21 halftime advantage.
Stephens took over the AFL interception lead with his performance, surpassing the SaberCats' Clevan Thomas.
"The guy just made a lot of plays," Simmons said. "We scouted them very well. They have a good defense."
San Jose also hurt itself with penalties, including penalties on each of its first two kickoff returns. The SaberCats were called for seven penalties for 43 yards.
"It's early in the season. No worries," Simmons said. "We'll get it right."
Garcia threw his first pick on the second play of the game as he slightly under threw Willis, who got behind Stephens, who also made six tackles.
Stephens, who intercepted a pass with 39 seconds left, recorded three interceptions in his rookie season last year.
Garcia finished with 309 yards on 28 of 45 passing. Spokane's Eric Meyer was 16 of 37 for 242 yards and eight touchdowns.
"We didn't play well, and we didn't coach well," San Jose coach Darren Arbet said. "They got their hands on a lot of balls."
Samora Goodson and Rich Ranglin also caught touchdown passes for the SaberCats, while Brian Folkerts rushed for a touchdown.
Adron Tennell caught nine passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns for Spokane. He also rushed for a touchdown. Kamar Jorden also had three TD receptions. Duane Brooks and Jacki Chambers each had one.
SaberCats (2-2-0) at New Orleans (1-3-0), 5 p.m., CSN Plus