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Denver 31 at Pittsburgh 21


1984 Week 8 - Saturday, April 14, 1984
Denver Gold(6-1)(-2.5) at Pittsburgh Maulers(2-5)
Attendance: 16,773

PITTSBURGH(AP) -- The Pittsburgh Maulers still can't win for losing. The Denver Gold can't lose for winning.

The Gold fell behind the Los Angeles Express by 14 points last week, then trailed the Maulers by 21 points Saturday. The Maulers led the New Orleans Breakers 24-17 with two minutes to play last Sunday, then led the Gold 21-0. The Gold won both games. The Maulers lost both games.

"This team is made of super glue," Coach Craig Morton said after reserve quarterback Bob Gagliano rallied the Gold with 31 unanswered second-half points for a 31-21 victory over the slumping Maulers. "They just keep sticking together."

But the Gold, 7-1, spent much of the first half getting stuck by the Maulers, 2-6, as Mike Rozier broke loose for his first 100-yard game as a pro and Glenn Carano threw three touchdown passes, two to Greg Anderson.

"We came out relaxed in the second half," said Maulers' defensive end Sam Clancy. "We were winning 21-0 and we were saying, 'Where are we going to party tonight?' We thought we had the game won. "But there was still a half to be played. I include myself in that; it was most of the guys. Even when they scored the first touchdown and the second touchdown, we were saying, 'Don't worry about it. We're still going to win the game.' We talked about it, but we didn't do anything about it.' "It's almost impossible to blow a 2l-point lead, but we did it."

Highlights




Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
DEN	0	0      13      18   -   31
PIT    14	7	0	0   -   21

Scoring

PIT:Anderson 21 yd pass from Carano (Lee kick) - PIT 7, DEN 0

PIT:Flowers 65 yd pass from Carano (Lee kick) - PIT 14, DEN 0

PIT:Anderson 24 yd pass from Carano (Lee Kick) - PIT 21, DEN 0

DEN:Williams 34 yd pass from Penrose (Speelman kick) - PIT 21, DEN 7

DEN:Harris 25 yd pass from Gagliano (kick failed) - PIT 21, DEN 13

DEN:Harris 5 yd pass from Gagliano (Gagliano run) - DEN 21, PIT 21

DEN:Williams 18 yd run (Speelman kick) - DEN 28, PIT 21

DEN:Speelman 20 yd field goal - DEN 31, PIT 21

Box Score

                             DEN            PIT
First Downs                   15             20
Rushes-Yards               26-97         34-176
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    25-15-196-0    35-14-242-3
Sacked-Yards Lost           1-10           6-46
Total Plays-Yards         52-283         75-372
Fumbles-Lost                 1-1            1-0
Penalties-Yards             4-26         12-100
Turnovers                      1              3
Time of Possession         26:10          33:50

Attendance = 16,773

DENVER					     PITTSBURGH
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Penrose      16   7 106  0  1  87.0          Carano       34  14 242  3  3  58.7
Gagliano      9   8  90  0  2 147.9          Swider        1   0   0  0  0  39.6

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Sydney       15  60  4.0  0                  Rozier       24 137  5.7  0
Williams      1  18 18.0  1                  Holman        3  26  8.7  0
White         7  17  2.4  0                  Miller        3  13  4.3  0
Johnson B     2   2  1.0  0                  Carano        2   4  2.0  0
Matthews      1   0  0.0  0                  Lawrence      2  -4 -2.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Harris        5  76 15.2  2                  Flowers       3 125 41.7  1
Bailey        4  39  9.8  0                  Anderson      6  96 16.0  2
Williams      1  34 34.0  1                  Holman        1  10 10.0  0
Niziolek      1  19 19.0  0                  Rozier        3   6  2.0  0
Sydney        2  12  6.0  0                  Lawrence      1   5  5.0  0
Arnold        1  11 11.0  0                   
White         1   5  5.0  0                   

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Harris          2  65 32.5  0                Harper          3  49 16.3  0
Arnold          2  28 14.0  0                Sutton          2  46 23.0  0

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Martin          1  -1 -1.0  0                Harper          1   0  0.0  0

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Speelman        1-2  20  2-3    5            Lee             0-0  --  3-3    3
                miss: 53                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Gortz           4 169 42.3                   Swider          3 124 41.3

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Stalls          3  23                        Clancy          1  10
Thornton        3  23                          

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Gerken          1  10 10.0  0                None
Dumars          1   0  0.0  0                 
Sullivan        1   0  0.0  0      

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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