NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans VooDoo opened Saturday night’s Arena Football League game against the Chicago Rush with Kurt Rocco’s 45-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Morgan.

Problem was, the VooDoo failed to maintain their momentum after scoring on the game’s first play from scrimmage, falling 84-48 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The VooDoo (1-8) committed three turnovers, including two interceptions by Rocco en route to losing their eighth consecutive game.

While Rush receiver Reggie Gary was held to 52 receiving yards and one score, he scored on a 57-yard kickoff return and helped the Rush score 21 consecutive points late in the second quarter through the opening minutes of the third quarter to take a 28-point lead.

“You turn the ball over like that, you’re not going to win in this league,” VooDoo coach Pat O’Hara said.

Rocco, who exited early with a knee injury, finished with 227 passing yards and four TDs. Quorey Payne caught eight passes for 165 yards and scored twice.

“I think overall, we’re waiting for that perfect game (performance), especially since we haven’t had it all season,” Rocco said. “But then again, we started off strong on offense. We’ve just got to stay that way.”

The Rush improved to 5-5.