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Houston 17 at Tampa Bay 20


1984 Week 1 - Sunday, February 26, 1984
Houston Gamblers(0-0) at Tampa Bay Bandits(0-0)(-10.5)
Attendance: 42,915

TAMPA (AP) - Jim Kelly, who signed last year with Houston after being drafted in the first round by the NFL Buffalo Bills, completed 24 0f 41 passes for 229 yards as the expansion Gamblers threw a scare into the heavily-favored Bandits.

But Gary Anderson, who joined Tampa Bay at midseason last year, picked up 114 yards, including 12 on a burst up the middle with 2:33 left, to pull out the game. "It's much better than last year," Anderson said. "I've had time to get my stuff down."

There were 42,915 at Tampa Stadium, 478 more than attended last year's opener.

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	1	2	3	4	F
HOU	7	0	7	3   -   17
TB	0      14	0	6   -   20

Scoring

HOU:Sanders 9 yd pass from Kelly (Brockhaus kick) - HOU 7, TB 0

TB: Andrusyshyn 25 yd field goal - HOU 7, TB 3

TB: Andrusyshyn 32 yd field goal - HOU 7, TB 6

TB: G. Anderson 2 yd run (Gillespie pass from Reaves) - TB 14, HOU 7 

HOU:Harrell 7 yd pass from Kelly (Brockhaus kick) - HOU 14, TB 14

HOU:Brockhaus 26 yd field goal - HOU 17, TB 14 

TB: G. Anderson 12 yd run (kick failed) - TB 20, HOU 17

Box Score

                             HOU             TB
First Downs                   18             28
Rushes-Yards               17-87         36-137
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    41-24-229-2    42-25-308-1
Sacked-Yards Lost            0-0           1-10
Total Plays-Yards         58-316         79-435
Fumbles-Lost                 1-0            2-1
Penalties-Yards             7-49           6-56
Turnovers                      2              2
Time of Possession         22:47          37:13

Attendance = 42,915

HOUSTON					     TAMPA BAY
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Kelly        41  24 229  2  2  70.1          Reaves       42  25 308  1  0  72.3

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Harrell      10  57  5.7  0                  Anderson G   26 114  4.4  2
Kelly         4  17  4.3  0                  Boone         5  21  4.2  0
Sanders       3  13  4.3  0                  Gillespie     2   8  4.0  0
                                             Grayson       1   0  0.0  0
                                             Reaves        2  -6 -3.0  0 

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Sanders       7  64  9.1  1                  Anderson G    6 100 16.7  0
Johnson       6  44  7.3  0                  Truvillion    4  73 18.3  0
Harrell       5  44  8.8  1                  Gillespie     6  70 11.7  0
Moser         3  37 12.3  0                  Boone         4  33  8.3  0
McGhee        2  25 12.5  0                  Brodsky       1  20 20.0  0
Rush          1  15 15.0  0                  Harvey        2   8  4.0  0
                                             Grayson       2   4  2.0  0

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Johnson         3  61 20.3  0                Grayson         2  27 13.5  0
Rush            2  27 13.5  0                Bailey          1  20 20.0  0 

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
McNeil          1  13 13.0  0                None

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Brockhaus       1-1  26  2-2    5            Andrusyshyn     2-3  32  0-1    6
                miss: --                                     miss: 31

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Walters         4 139 34.8                   Andrusyshyn     2  74 37.0

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Crosby          1  10                        None

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Dykes           1  18  8.0  0                George          1  27 27.0  0
                                             Williams        1  17 17.0  0 

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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