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Nagy's 4 TDs lead Columbus' upset over top-seeded Dallas
DALLAS -- Matt Nagy threw four touchdown passes and ran for two scores to lead the Columbus Destroyers to a surprise 66-59 victory over the Dallas Desperados on Saturday night, advancing to the National Conference championship game for the first time.
Nagy completed 20 of 32 passes for 285 yards for Columbus (7-9 in the regular season), and Damien Groce had eight receptions for 170 yards and one touchdown.
Trailing 35-21 with 4:25 left in the second quarter, the Destroyers scored 31 of the next 34 points. Groce's 4-yard scoring run with 14:02 to go in the third gave Columbus the lead for good, 42-38, and Jason Shelley's 28-yard scoring reception pushed the advantage to 14 with 12:55 remaining in the game.
Clint Dolezel threw seven touchdown passes for Dallas (15-1 in the regular season). He completed 27 of 36 passes for 320 yards. Marcus Nash had seven catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns, and Willis Marshall and Nash also caught two scoring passes apiece.
The Destroyers will play the winner of Sunday night's game between Philadelphia and Georgia next Saturday for the right to compete in ArenaBowl XXI on July 29.