Utah Blaze: After tumultuous week, Blaze host San Jose at EnergySolutions Arena

Published: Friday, June 28 2013 1:55 p.m. MDT

The Utah Blaze's Caesar Rayford walks off the field during a football game against the Tampa Bay Storm at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Blaze return home after a tumultuous week that saw them fall to Spokane by nearly 40 points while their front office dealt with significant financial issues that caused the franchise to be temporarily evicted from EnergySolutions Arena.

With the lingering financial question marks answered for the time being, the Blaze (5-8) host San Jose (9-4) at 7 p.m. at EnergySolutions Arena, where they've since returned. The SaberCats topped Utah by single point behind quarterback Russ Michna on May 25.

Jason Boltus is expected to make his third-consecutive start behind center for Utah after throwing for 362 yards and six touchdowns in a 81-40 loss at Spokane. Boltus and receiver Mario Urrutia have developed a strong connection in the passing game.

San Jose will unleash Clevan Thomas, who leads the AFL with nine interceptions, to stop the Blaze combo. The ‘Cats rank second in total defense and passing defense this season.

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