SIOUX CITY, Iowa - For once, the ball bounced right for the Billings Outlaws.
The Outlaws recovered Albert Higgs' unintentional onside kick to run out the clock and hang on for a 34-27 National Indoor Football League victory over the Sioux City Bandits Saturday night.
It was the first road win of the season for the Outlaws (5-6).
Sioux City falls to 5-6. The Bandits have dropped five of their last six games.
The Outlaws took their final lead, 34-27 with 2:52 remaining in the game on a 25-yard pass to Bryan Meier from quarterback Albert Higgs.
On the PAT attempt, Billings kicker Brandon Schillinger was leveled by a Sioux City defender. No flag was thrown and tempers flared.
"It was horrible," said Joe Curtiss, the Outlaws' head coach.
Billings was hit with three unsportsmanlike penalties, including one on Curtiss, who was forced to leave the field.
Schillinger was carried off and Higgs came on for the kickoff. His kick went 14 yards and the football hit a Sioux City player in the face mask. Junior Faitupaito recovered for the Outlaws.
"I felt our defense could stop them," Curtiss said. "But that worked for us."
Billings ran off eight plays, amid a combined six penalties by the two teams.
"We had a lot of missed opportunities, but we made it work tonight," said Curtiss. "This is a tough place to play."
The Sioux City Auditorium field has only four-yard deep end zones instead of the normal eight yards.
Curtiss added that the Outlaws dropped a handful of potential interceptions - Jermaine Washington did have a pair for the Billings defense - and the offense was stopped twice on the Sioux City one-yard line.
Billings running back Yohance Humphery rushed for a touchdown and caught a 29-yard scoring pass from Higgs in the first quarter.
Higgs finished 19 of 38 passing for 202 yards and three touchdowns He had scoring passes of 13 and 25 yards to Bryan Meier. Higgs also ran for a touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter.
Sioux City quarterback Jarrod DeGeorgia completed 13 of 28 passes in the game for 129 yards and three touchdowns.
The Billings defense limited the Bandits to just 145 yards in total offense.
Luke Twibell led the Outlaws defense with eight tackles, while Ali Rolle and Shon Flores each had six. Andy Petek and Travis Salter each registered sacks for Billings.
Billings travels to Rapid City, S.D., on Saturday, then returns home to host Rapid City on Saturday, June 14 at MetraPark Arena.
The June 14 game is the Outlaws' final regular-season home game.