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Houston 34 at Oklahoma 7 (Stillwater, OK)

1984 Preseason Week 4 - Saturday, February 18, 1984
Attendance: 6,120


STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Houston's Samuel Harrell rushed for 102 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, and the Gamblers completed a perfect United States Football League exhibition season with a 34-7 rout of the Oklahoma Outlaws.

The Gamblers finished with a 3-0 pre-season record, while the Outlaws lost both of their exhibition games. Both teams, which are USFL expansion clubs, open the regular season next weekend.

Harrell, who played college ball at East Carolina and spent three years with the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL, scored on a pair of 1-yard runs in the first halt, helping the Gamblers to a 20-0 advantage at intermission.

The Outlaws made it 20-7 in the third quarter on a 20-play, 70-yard drive when Sidney Thornton bowled over from the 2-yard-line. But Harrell's 12-yard run capped a 71-yard drive by Houston that got the score back early in the final period.

The Gamblers made it 34-7 with 1:53 left in the game when reserve quarterback Todd Dillon hit Walter Poole with a 15-yard scoring pass.

Harrell finished with 102 yards on 18 carries. Houston's starting quarterback, former University of Miami star Jim Kelly, hit 11 of 27 passes for 148 yards before being lifted in favor of Dillon.

Doug Williams, formerly of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was 11 of 23 for 140 yards in his second appearance with the Outlaws.

A crowd of 6,120, about an eighth of Lewis Field capacity, watched the game.


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