So much for a winning streak.
The New Orleans VooDoo lost its chance to win consecutive games for the first time this season, blowing a 27-7 lead before falling 50-41 to the Iowa Barnstormers on Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center.
Moving forward, they may have also lost quarterback Kurt Rocco for at least one week.
Second-half fumbles and penalties were the blame.
After leading 27-14 at halftime, the VooDoo were held scoreless for the rest of Rocco’s time on the field, which ended late in the fourth quarter. He injured his right knee with 7:35 in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Iowa scored the Arena Football League game’s next five touchdowns.
The loss overshadowed a four-touchdown performance by VooDoo receiver Quorey Payne.
“It’s heartbreaking, man,” VooDoo linebacker Alvin Ray Jackson said. “You’d think with a veteran team like we have, those mistakes when you’re at home, up 27-7 ... we made mistakes that cost us the game.”
Former LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux entered late to throw two TDs, but the VooDoo’s earlier lapses proved too much to overcome.
The VooDoo (2-7) now must recover in time for a Friday night game against the visiting Tampa Bay Storm.
Iowa (5-5) took a 34-27 lead early in the fourth periods after the Barnstormers forced a sack and fumble on Rocco which led to Derik Steiner’s 9-yard run.
On the ensuing kickoff, Larry Beaver maneuvered to near midfield, where he fumbled. Iowa recovered and on its first offensive play, quarterback J.J. Raternick found Darius Reynolds, who ran near the right side wall where he was hit hard by VooDoo defensive back Cameron McGlenn, fumbling. But the ball rolled into the end zone where offensive lineman Chuck Curry recovered.
Rocco finished with 139 yards on 13-for-27 passing and four TDs.
“You trust your veterans,” VooDoo coach Pat O’Hara said. “When they say they can go, you go with them. But it’s one of those things that didn’t work.”