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Washington 7 at Arizona 37

1984 Week 3 - Monday, March 12, 1984
Attendance: 25,218, TV: ESPN

TEMPE (AP) - Veteran quarterback Greg Landry, upset with his play calling in the Arizona Wranglers' first two United States Football League games, says he reverted back to the basics against the Washington Federals.

On Monday night the 37 year-old Landry threw three touchdown passes - including two to Trumaine Johnson - and set a league record for consecutive completions as Arizona beat winless Washington 37-7.

Landry, who finished with 23 completions in 31 attempts for 285 yards with one interception, hit his first 11 passes to break Alan Risher's club record by five.

Combined with five straight in Arizona's previous game, Landry had 16 completions in a row to surpass the league standard of 13 set last year by Bobby Scott of the New Jersey Generals and later tied by the Boston Breakers' Johnnie Walton.

"Landry is like a good French wine because he's getting better with age," said Federals Coach Dick Bielski. "He called a perfect game and executed it just as well."

The Wranglers led 27-0 at halftime and coasted from there in improving their record to 2-1. Washington fell to 0-3 before a crowd of 25,218 at 70,021 seat Sun Devil Stadium.

"Greg called and outstanding game. He looked like the guy I was used to seeing back in the NFL days," said Arizona Coach George Allen of the 14-year National Football League veteran. "Greg did all of the things we've been working on since the season started. It all came together for him tonight and us."

Tim Spencer's one-yard run capped an 11-play, 91-yard Wrangler drive for a 7-0 lead seven minutes into the game. Then, after safety Bruce Laird recovered a Federal fumble at Washington's 45, Landry found Johnson on a 12-yard strike.

Landry's 5-yard pass to Wamon Buggs in the second period made it 20-0 and safety Eddie Brown's fumble recovery set up Landry's 26 yard touchdown toss to Johnson. Brown also thwarted Washington's lone scoring opportunity of the first half with an interception in the end zone.

Placekicker Frank Corral's 47 yard boot gave Arizona a 30-0 bulge before Washington avoided a shutout on Reggie Collier's 7-yard pass to Ricky Simmons.

Spencer, who closed out the scoring on a one yard TD burst, led all rushers with 136 yards on 21 carries, while Kevin Long added 107 on 18. Johnson had 120 yards on 10 receptions.

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