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Michigan 52 at Houston 34

1984 Week 5 - Monday, March 26, 1984
Attendance: 38,754


HOUSTON ( UPI ) - While it is the Michigan Panthers that are on a roll, it was the Houston Gamblers that played a game of USFL craps and lost.

The defending league champion Panthers extended their winning streak to 11 games over two seasons Monday night and in the process set numerous records in a wild 52-34 victory at the Astrodome.

The Gamblers tried but were no match for Michigan's big-play offense.

The Panthers' Bobby Hebert, who entered the game as the league's top quarterback, passed for a USFL record 444 yards and added four touchdowns and 5-0. Michigan had two receivers with over 100 yards in a team-record scoring blitz.

Also, the 86 points for the two clubs is a USFL record for most scored in one game. Despite the offensive onslaught, however. Hebert felt there was nothing special going on.

"I wasn't aware of any record." said Hebert. who completed 26 passes in 37 attempts. "Offensively, we never gave up. It seemed tonight like every time we needed a big play we came up with with it."

Michigan wide receivers Derek Holloway and Anthony Carter had 133 and 111 yards, respectively.

Houston. 3-2. drove 70 yards in five plays to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when rookie quarterback Jim Kelly hit wide receiver Scott McGhee on a 9-yard strike.

Michigan countered with a 14 play, 75-yard drive that took 10:15, in which halfback John Williams ran a yard for a TD.

On their next possession. Kelly moved the Gamblers 75 yards in five plays, culminating with a 9-yard TD pass to running back Richard Johnson.

Michigan countered for a 17-14 halftime lead with Novo Bojovic kicking a 22-yard field goal and Hebert directing a 75-yard drive that ended with an 11-yard toss to Carter.

In the third quarter. Hebert hit Holloway with a 72-yard touchdown pass and connected with halfback Linnie Patrick for a 30-yard TD strike. Patrick also ran 11 yards for another score.

Kelly, who was 13-of-23 for 289 yards, passed to wide receiver Clarence Verdin for 63 yards in the only Gambler score of the third quarter, which ended with Michigan ahead 38-21.

In the fourth quarter. Hebert hit Carter with a 55-yard TD pass and Patrick ran 14 yards for a touchdown. Reserve Houston quarterback Todd Dillon, hit wide receiver Greg Moser with a 65-yard TD pass with 6:01 left and Todd Fowler scored on a 4-yard run to complete the scoring.


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