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New Jersey 28 at Jacksonville 26
1984 Week 2 - Sunday, March 4, 1984
New Jersey Generals(1-0)(-4) at Jacksonville Bulls(1-0)
Attendance: 73,227, TV: ABC
JACKSONVILLE, FL (UPI) -The New Jersey Generals trotted out their big gun Sunday but it was a seldom-used weapon that led them past the Jacksonville Bulls.
Herschel Walker scored two short touchdowns and quarterback Gene Bradley ran for another to lead New Jersey. But the Generals' 28-26 victory, was clinched only when Jacksonville's Danny Miller missed a 42-yard field goal attempt with 40 seconds left.
The game drew a USFL-record crowd of 73,227 at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., breaking the previous record of 62,300 set last week at the.Generals' game in Birmingham.
Bradley, filling in for injured Brian Sipe, passed for 140 yards and ran a 5-yard bootleg for the TD that gave the Generals a 28-19 lead with 2:16 remaining. The score came four plays after New Jersey intercepted a Matt Robinson pass.
Bradley replaced Sipe, who was unable to play after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage from his right knee Thursday.
The Bulls, 1-1, drew to 28-26 when Robinson capped an eight-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Gary Clark with 1:45 left. Jacksonville recovered the ensuing on-side kick at the 50 but Miller was just wide right with a field goal attempt that would have won the game.
March 4, 1984 New Jersey Generals - 28 Jacksonville Bulls - 26 at Gator Bowl 73,277 New Jersey 0 14 7 7 -- 28 Jacksonville 7 6 6 7 -- 26 1st Quarter JACK - Whiting 1 run (Miller kick) 2nd Quarter NJ - Walker 1 run (Ruzek kick) JACK - Bergmann 9 pass from Robinson (kick failed) NJ - Leopold 16 interception return (Ruzek kick) 3rd Quarter NJ - Walker 1 run (Ruzek kick) JACK - FG Miller 20 JACK - FG Miller 36 4th Quarter NJ - Bradley 5 run (Ruzek kick) JACK - Clark 7 pass from Robinson (Miller kick) TEAM STATS: NEW JERSEY JACKSONVILLE First Downs 13 22 Rushes-yards 43-167 20-67 Passing yards 140 316 Return yards 131 83 Passes 8-17-1 28-51-3 Sacks by 1-13 0-0 Punts 7-233 4-161 Fumbles-lost 3-1 5-2 Penalties-yards 4-50 2-15 Time of possession 34:04 25:56 INDIVIDUAL STATS: RUSHING = New Jersey: Walker 21-72, Carthon 18-67, Bradley 3-26. Jacksonville: Mason 14-69, Robinson 2-7. PASSING = New Jersey: Bradley 8-17-1-140. Jacksonville: Robinson 28-51-3-329. RECEIVING = New Jersey: Collins 3-34, Walker 2-43, Bowers 2-57, Spek 1-6. Jacksonville: Bergmann 6-86, Clark 6-57, McClendon 5-58, Matthews 4-72. MISSED FIELD GOALS = New Jersey: Ruzek 30, 27, 30. Jacksonville: Miller 41.
Archived news report
Archived news report
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn