ANAHEIM -- It didn't take David Hyland long to get back into a groove after missing the San Jose SaberCats' past 11 games.

The defensive back -- activated before Sunday's game -- picked off two passes and returned one 34 yards for a touchdown to lead the SaberCats to a 75-34 rout of the LA KISS at Honda Center. The victory clinched the SaberCats' ninth Pacific Division title as well as the No. 2 seed in the National Conference playoffs.

Hyland helped San Jose (11-4) hold its opponent to fewer than 40 points for the 11th time this season and for the fourth consecutive game. The SaberCats defense set up the offense at the KISS 5-yard line or closer three times -- twice via a turnover on downs and the third time on Hyland's second interception.

"There are eight guys out there dominating on every play," Hyland said. "Our up front is unstoppable, and they make it so easy for the secondary. It's a group working together."

With the SaberCats leading 14-10, Hyland stepped in front of an errant pass by L.A. quarterback Kenny Guiton and returned it untouched 34 yards for the score, high-stepping the final 5 yards.

"I've been waiting a long time to do that," Hyland said. "Guiton just made a poor read, and I was sitting right there. He really just threw it right to me."

Two possessions later, Hyland tipped a pass to himself and returned it 24 yards to the KISS 4.

"I wish I was a little taller, it would have been easier," Hyland said with a laugh. "I just decided to tip it to myself, and it worked out that way."

San Jose quarterback Nathan Stanley converted the short field into a score with a 2-yard pass to Dominique Curry with 1:20 left in the first half.

The SaberCats special teams joined in when Simeon Castille recovered a fumble in the end zone with 11:58 left in the game. The kickoff from Nich Pertuit went into the net, bounced away from two receivers and was pounced on by Castille in the far corner.

Stanley took advantage of his field position. He completed 12 of 18 passes for just 144 yards but threw for six touchdowns and rushed for one. Reggie Gray and Curry caught three touchdown passes each as the SaberCats scored a season high in points.

"When the defense locks it down and gets us inside, it's up to us to do our job and score," Gray said. "When we get a get a short field, it makes it such an easier game."

San Jose coach Darren Arbet said the team is beginning to jell at the right time.

"We have a lot of young guys who haven't played together before," Arbet said. "But it's really come together."

friday's game
Tampa Bay (8-7) at
SaberCats (11-4), 7:30 p.m.