Des Moines, Iowa -- The San Jose SaberCats finished the regular season with a 72-43 win over the Iowa Barnstormers on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. SaberCats quarterback Nathan Stanley returned to form with a 314-yard and six-touchdown performance, and wide receiver Reggie Gray had three receiving scores and one kickoff return for a touchdown. SaberCats wide receiver Ben Nelson, playing his first game since May 2012, picked up six catches for 105 yards in his return.
The SaberCats (13-5), the No. 2 seed in the National Conference, open the playoffs at home this Saturday (7 p.m., SAP Center) against the Spokane Shock.
Stanley and the SaberCats started to roll after falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter. Opening up the second quarter in the red zone, fullback Odie Armstrong got the SaberCats on the board with a 1-yard run. Stanley then got into the end zone from 1-yard out to tie the game at 14. On the next play, SaberCats defensive back David Hyland ripped the ball away from Iowa wide receiver Darius Reynolds to give the ball right back to the offense. Making good on the short field, Armstrong would find the end zone for the second time to give San Jose their first lead of the night at 21-14.
The SaberCats eventually worked their lead to 35-24 at halftime and coasted home from there as Stanley threw two third-quarter touchdown passes. For the season, Stanley, a rookie, has 50 touchdown passes.
Spokane at SaberCats (13-5), 7 p.m.