Running back Marcel Shipp helped salvage an otherwise meager offensive effort for the Locomotives, giving Las Vegas a strong chance to play for a third consecutive United Football League title.
Shipp’s touchdown midway through the third quarter put the Locos ahead on the way to a 13-6 victory over the Omaha Nighthawks on Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
Las Vegas trailed 6-3 at halftime, getting only a 53-yard Clint Stitser field goal as the first half ended. But Shipp capped the Locos’ first possession of the second half with a 10-yard touchdown run, and Stitser added a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Las Vegas’ first series of the game ended with a blocked punt, and Omaha (1-3) returned the ball to the 5-yard line. But the Locos held the Nighthawks to a field goal, and Omaha added another field goal in the second quarter.
The Locos, who won the title in each of the UFL’s first two seasons, are tied with Virginia atop the four-team league at 3-1 with two games remaining.