Rush defense gives best effort in win

Updated: June 27, 2010, 2:16 AM ET
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Rush defense posted its best effort of the season in a 55-42 win over the Orlando Predators Saturday night at Allstate Arena.

The Rush (9-3) forced four turnovers and the 42 points allowed were the lowest by the team this year.

"I liked the way we battled tonight," Rush coach Mike Hohensee said. "They are a good football team -- especially on defense -- and they forced us into some uncomfortable situations. [QB] Russ [Michna] was under pressure most of the night and made some uncharacteristically poor decisions at times, but he really responded well in the fourth quarter to help us pull this one out."

Michna finished the game 22 of 35 for 231 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception.

Orlando (5-6) took a 28-26 lead into halftime, kicking a field goal as time expired, but the Rush reclaimed the lead on their first second-half possession when Michna tossed an 8-yard TD pass to Travis LaTendresse to put the Rush on top 33-28. The lead would change back-and-forth throughout the contest.

Kicker Chris Gould connected on all six PAT attempts, extending his streak to a team-record 34.

The Rush travel to Tampa Bay on Friday to face the Storm.