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Tampa Bay 20 at Arizona 17


1984 Week 2 - Friday, March 2, 1984
Tampa Bay Bandits(1-0) at Arizona Wranglers(1-0)(-6)
Attendance: 31,264, TV: ESPN

From Herald news services

TEMPE, Ariz. - Gary Anderson ran for two touchdowns Friday night to help the Tampa Bay Bandits gain a measure of revenge with a 20-17 USFL triumph over the Arizona Wranglers. A year ago, Tampa Bay was demolished twice by scores of 42-3 and 31-8 at the hands of the Chicago Blitz, who now operate as the Wranglers' franchise with George Allen as coach. The victory, before a crowd of 31,264 at Sun Devil Stadium, improved Tampa Bay to 2-0 and dropped the Wranglers to 1-1.

Anderson broke a 3-3 tie by running for a pair of second-quarter scores, but Arizona made it close when a 4-yard TD pass from Greg Landry to Wamon Buggs cut the margin to 7.

However, Wrangler hopes were dashed when Wayne Peace recovered Frank Corral's subsequent onside kick.

The first half was all Tampa Bay. After a scoreless first quarter, the Bandits scored on a 27-yard field goal by Zenon Andrusyshyn. The score was set up when nose guard Fred Nordgren partially blocked a Corral punt. Arizona took the subsequent kickoff and marched 76 yards in 14 plays before settling for a 21-yard field goal by Corral. Tampa Bay then reeled off 14 unanswered points before halftime on Anderson runs of 8 and 2 yards. A key play which set up the first touchdown came when the Bandits were awarded a first down on the Wranglers' 9-yard line after cornerback Frank Minnifield was called for holding on a 3rd-and-10 play.

Arizona began a comeback attempt early in the fourth quarter when Landry passed 27 yards to Trumame Johnson for a touchdown that cut Tampa Bay's margin to 17-10. On the previous play, Johnson had dropped a third-down pass, prompting coach Allen to send in the field goal unit. The Wranglers then called time out and Allen switched signals, calling for the play that resulted in Johnson's redeeming touchdown catch. Tampa Bay went ahead 20-10 with 2:51 remaining when Andrusyshyn barely cleared the crossbar on a 49-yard field goal.

Anderson, one of the USFL's major victories in its battle for collegiate talent with the NFL, finished with 55 yards on 15 carries. Tampa Bay's John Reaves connected on 13-of-31 passes for 186 yards, with Eric Truvillion accounting for five catches for 63 yards. Landry kept Arizona in the game, completing 18-of-29 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. The leading rusher for the Wranglers was Tim Spencer, who had 49 yards on 13 carries.

Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
TB	0      17	0	3   -   20
AZ	0	3	0      14   -   17

Scoring

TB: Andrusyshyn 27 yd field goal - TB 3, ARI 0

AZ: Corral 21 yd field goal - ARI 3, TB 3

TB: Anderson 8 yd run (Andrusyshyn kick) - TB 10, ARI 3

TB: Anderson 2 yd run (Andrusyshyn kick) - TB 17, ARI 3

AZ: T. Johnson 27 yd pass from Landry (Corral kick) - TB 17, ARI 10

TB: Andrusyshyn 49 yd field goal - TB 20, ARI 10

AZ: Buggs 4 yd pass from Landry (Corral kick) - TB 20, ARI 17

Box Score

                              TB            ARI
First Downs                   21             16
Rushes-Yards              33-118         24-110
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    31-13-186-0    29-18-204-1
Sacked-Yards Lost           2-12           5-28
Total Plays-Yards         66-292         58-286
Fumbles-Lost                 2-0            1-1
Penalties-Yards             8-37           9-66
Turnovers                      0              2
Time of Possession         31:37          28:23

Attendance = 31,264

TAMPA BAY				     ARIZONA
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Reaves       31  13 186  0  0  56.8          Landry       29  18 204  1  2  48.8

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Boone        15  66  4.4  0                  Spencer      14  59  4.2  0
Anderson     15  55  3.7  2                  Long          7  36  5.1  0
Reaves        3  -3 -1.0  0                  Boatner       3  15  5.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Bowers        3  66 22.0  0                  Johnson T     4  88 22.0  1
McConnaughy   3  49 16.3  0                  Dennison      4  39  9.8  0
Collins       4  38  9.5  0                  Long          4  26  6.5  0
Walker        1  11 11.0  0                  Spencer       2  22 11.0  0
Carthon       1  11 11.0  0                  Boatner       2  13  6.5  0
Walker        1  11 11.0  0                  Willis        1  12 12.0  0
                                             Buggs         1   4  4.0  1

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Bailey          1  32 32.0  0                Willis          2  39 19.5  0
Christian       1  17 17.0  0                Clark           2  35 17.5  0 
Grayson         1   9  9.0  0                Dennison        1  16 16.0  0

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Bailey          4  39  9.8  0                Willis          2   5  2.5  0
Anderson        1   1  1.0  0                

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Andrusyshyn     2-2  49  2-2    8            Corral          1-1  21  2-2    5
                miss: --                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Andrusyshyn     6 252 42.0                   Corral          6 259 43.2

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Butler          2  14                        Lorch           1   7
Nordgren        2   7                        Lee             1   5
Clark           1   7                        

Interceptions  No Yds   Ave TD               Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Beaudoin        1  29  29.0  0               None

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