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Houston 45 at Chicago 36


1984 Week 3 - Sunday, March 11, 1984
Houston Gamblers(1-1) at Chicago Blitz(0-2)(-2.5)
Attendance: 7,808

CHICAGO (AP) - Sam Harrell rushed 20 times for a USFL record 200 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Jim Kelly passed for three scores for Houston in the Gamblers 45-36 shootout win over the Blitz on Sunday afternoon.

Harrell, who had a 53-yard scoring dash, broke Herschel Walker's single-game rushing record of 194 yards and the game's 81 points also set a USFL record, surpassing the previous mark of 67. Kelly's scoring passes went 13 yards to Harrell, 61 yards to Ricky Sanders and 33 yards to Greg Moser.

Winless Chicago drew only 7,808 fans to its home opener in 18-degree weather.

Highlights




Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
HOU    14      10      14	7   -   45
CHI     3      13      13  	7   -   36

Scoring

HOU:Sanders 61 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - HOU 7, CHI 0

CHI:Seibel 20 yd field goal - HOU 7, CHI 3

HOU:Harrell 7 yd run (Fritsch kick) - HOU 14, CHI 3

CHI:Evans 5 yd run (Seibel kick) - HOU 14, CHI 10 

HOU:Harrell 13 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - HOU 21, CHI 10

CHI:Anderson 25 yd pass from Evans (pass failed) - HOU 21, CHI 16

HOU:Fritsch 27 yd field goal - HOU 24, CHI 16

HOU:Moser 33 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - HOU 31, CHI 16 

CHI:Anderson 24 yd run (pass failed) - HOU 31, CHI 22

CHI:Canada 1 yd run (Seibel kick) - HOU 31, CHI 29

HOU:Harrell 53 yd run (Fritsch kick) - HOU 38, CHI 29

CHI:Evans 1 yd run (Seibel kick) - HOU 38, CHI 36 

HOU:Harrell 2 yd run (Fritsch kick) - HOU 45, CHI 36

Box Score

                             HOU            CHI
First Downs                   20             20
Rushes-Yards              28-231          26-91
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    27-14-242-1     36-22-371-1
Sacked-Yards Lost           3-34           4-39
Total Plays-Yards         45-439         66-423
Fumbles-Lost                 3-0            3-2
Penalties-Yards             4-20           6-60
Turnovers                      1              3
Time of Possession         27:48          32:12

Attendance = 7,808

HOUSTON					     CHICAGO
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Kelly        26  13 229  1  3 102.9          Evans        36  22 371  1  1  93.6
Dillon        1   1  13  0  0 118.8          

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Harrell      20 200 10.0  3                  Canada       11  35  3.2  0
Kelly         6  28  4.7  0                  Evans         5  22  4.4  1
Fowler        1   4  4.0  0                  Anderson      2  20 10.0  0
Johnson       1  -1 -1.0  0                  Ferguson      5  16  3.2  0
                                             Ford          2   2  2.0  0
                                             Stone         1  -4 -4.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Sanders       4 119 29.8  1                  Lewis         7 105 15.0  0
Moser         2  52 26.0  1                  Haines        3 102 34.0  0
Johnson       3  28  9.3  0                  Anderson      5  93 18.6  1
Barousse      1  13 13.0  0                  Canada        4  39  9.8  0
Harrell       2  12  6.0  1                  Stone         1  13 13.0  0
McGhee        1  12 12.0  0                  Ford          1  12 12.0  0
McNeil        1   6  6.0  0                  MaGee         1   7  7.0  0

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Eason           6 152 25.3  0                Ford            6 147 24.5  0
McLain          1   0  0.0  0                Stone           1  22 22.0  0
                                             Gillen          1  11 11.0  0

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
McNeil          1  16 16.0  0                Daniel          3  -5 -1.7  0
Sanders         2  14  7.0  0                

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Fritsch         1-1  27  6-6    9            Seibel          1-1  20  3-3    6
                miss: --                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Walters         4 120 30.0                   Gossett         4 146 36.5

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Catan           2  19                        Livers          1   9
Fitzpatrick     1  11                        Cattage         1   6
Crosby          1   9                        Taylor        0.5 16.5
                                             Jostes        0.5  2.5

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Mitchell        1  22 22.0  0                Daniel          1  66 66.0  0

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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