Randy Hippeard threw three interceptions, fumbled it away twice and was sacked six times as the Storm suffered a 60-41 loss at Jacksonville Friday night.
Tampa Bay has not won in six trips to Jacksonville. The defeat prevented the Storm from climbing atop the South Division, but they can gain that position next week at Orlando. Those teams are now tied for first at 3-2 with Jacksonville a half game behind thanks to Friday's win.
The Storm were down 13-0 after an early Hippeard fumble, and a turnover on downs had Jacksonville threatening to make an early rout of it before new Storm DT Tommie Duhart forced a fumble himself and eventually Tampa Bay would lead 21-20.
But for the third time in five games the Storm allowed a score right before halftime and would never regain the lead. The killer turnover came to start the third quarter when Hippeard was sacked and Jacksonville carried the fumble in for a touchdown.
It was a 39-21 game when Tampa Bay got back-to-back touchdowns, a 31-yard catch from Joe Hills followed by Jean Fanor's 36-yard interception return. But Tampa Bay got just one score the rest of the way.
Justin Hilton led Tampa Bay's offense with 11 catches for 113 yards and two TD.
Jacksonville regained the services of QB Aaraon Garcia earlier in the week but R.J. Archer started, was knocked out for one play -- a Garcia TD to make it 13-0, but then Garcia was dinged up on that play and Archer stayed in the remainder, throwing five TD.