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OMAHA -- Jeff Garcia's 12-yard touchdown pass to fellow NFL veteran Robert Ferguson with 6 seconds left gave the Omaha Nighthawks their first lead of the game and a 27-26 United Football League victory against the Hartford Colonials on Friday.

The dramatic finish overshadowed Maurice Clarett's quiet return to football. Clarett had a short kickoff return and nearly blocked a punt in his first game since leading Ohio State to the 2002 national championship.

Omaha came back from a 23-10 deficit after three quarters to win before a UFL-record crowd of 23,067.

After Ferguson scored, the former Green Bay Packers receiver leapt into the end zone seats, a la the Lambeau Leap. Jeff Wolfert kicked the winning extra point.

The five-team UFL is in its second season as a place for aging veterans and borderline NFL players looking for another chance in the big time. Omaha has 38 former NFL players and Hartford has 17.

Omaha already is the signature franchise. The game was declared a sellout Tuesday, and the attendance obliterated the league record by about 10,000.

"This is the model we're looking to replicate in new markets that we go to," UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue said. "If we had 10 Omaha markets, we would have a very successful league."

Ahman Green is the face of the franchise. He played high school football in Omaha before going to Nebraska, then became the Packers' all-time leading rusher.

"Why do this? It's my hometown, and I love playing football. That's really it in a nutshell. It's really a no-brainer," Green said.

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