ArenaBowl X

Arena Bowl X
1234 Total
TB 131577 42
IOWA 141437 38
Date August 26, 1996
Arena Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Des Moines, Iowa

Stevie Thomas, WR/LB, Tampa Bay

  • Leonard Conley, WR/LB, Iowa (Ironman of the Game)
Attendance 11,411
Winning coach Tim Marcum
Losing coach John Gregory
TV in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Todd Christensen, Kirk Herbstreit, Mike Golic

ArenaBowl X was the Arena Football League's tenth ArenaBowl. The game featured the #2 Tampa Bay Storm of the National Conference against the #1 Iowa Barnstormers of the American Conference. Both teams ended their regular seasons at 12-2, yet Iowa had a better conference record (7-2 to 6-2). For the Storm, they were hoping to get their fourth championship title in six overall appearances, while the Barnstormers (in only their second season) were trying to win their very first league championship game.

Game summary

In the first quarter, Tampa Bay struck first with Quarterback Jay Gruden completing a 12-yard touchdown pass to OL/DL Lynn Rowland, yet the Barnstormers took the lead with Quarterback Kurt Warner completing a 16-yard touchdown pass to WR/LB Chris Spencer and a 30-yard touchdown pass to OS Lamont Cooper. The Storm would wrap up the period with Gruden completing a 30-yard touchdown pass to OS George LaFrance (with a failed PAT).

In the second quarter, Iowa increased its lead with Warner completing a nine-yard touchdown pass to WR/DB Willis Jacox, yet Tampa Bay took control with Gruden completing a 35-yard touchdown pass to WR/LB Stevie Thomas. Afterwards, Thomas would return an interception nine yards for a touchdown. The Barnstormers would wrap up the half with FB/LB Ron Moran getting a one-yard touchdown run.

In the third quarter, the Storm increased its lead with Gruden completing a 21-yard touchdown pass to FB/LB Ivan Caesar, yet Iowa responded with kicker Mike Black getting a 32-yard field goal.

In the fourth quarter, the Barnstormers reclaimed its lead with Warner and Spencer hooking up with each other again on a four-yard touchdown pass, yet Tampa Bay retook the lead with Gruden and Thomas hooking up with each other again on a seven-yard touchdown pass. Afterwards, Warner would lead Iowa on a late game drive to the Storm's one-yard, yet on four-straight downs, Tampa Bay kept the Barnstormers out of the end zone.

With the win, the Storm claimed its fourth title in six seasons.

Scoring summary

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter



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