PITTSBURGH -- Rookie quarterback Nathan Stanley guided the SaberCats to two touchdowns in the final minute, but a potential winning two-point conversion pass fell incomplete with three seconds left in a 48-47 loss to the Pittsburgh Power at the Consol Energy Center on Saturday.
Stanley, making his second career AFL start in place of injured Russ Michna, threw five touchdown passes but threw three interceptions for San Jose (2-1).
The Power (1-1), which fired its head coach after an opening loss, scored the first 21 points in former Utah Blaze head coach Ron James' debut. San Jose's deficit stretched to 35-7 before the SaberCats scored twice in the final four seconds of the first half. The second score came when David Hyland made a net recovery on the kickoff and dove three yards into the end zone for a touchdown.
After a rough first half that saw him throw two interceptions and fumble a snap, Stanley, the reigning AFL offensive player of the week, threw four of his five TD passes in the second half.
The SaberCats recovered an onside kick to open the second half, and Stanley capped the drive with a three-yard TD pass to Huey Whittaker. The pair hooked up again for another touchdown late in the third quarter.
Both TD passes in the final minute went to Reggie Gray, including a one-handed over-the-wall touchdown that set up the game-deciding conversion attempt.
Spokane (1-1) at SaberCats (2-1), 7:30 p.m.