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Los Angeles 29 at Chicago 49
1984 Week 9 - Friday, April 20, 1984
Los Angeles Express(3-5)(-3) at Chicago Blitz(2-6)
CHICAGO (UPI) - Quarterback Vince Evans ran for two touchdowns and passed for another in directing an opportunistic Chicago Blitz lo a 49-29 rout of the Los Angeles Express Friday night.
The Express lost four fumbles, all of which led the Chicago touchdowns as the Blitz improved to 3-6 and Los Angeles fell to 3-6.
Evans scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and passed 5 yards to Vagas Ferguson for another touchdown. Los Angeles rookie Steve Young passed for 302 yards and rushed for 120 more, while throwing a TD pass and scoring once himself.
Los Angeles trailed 21-13 at the half but Young led Ihe Express to a 21-21 tie with 7:23 to play in the third quarter. He capped an 85-yard drive with a 25-yard TD run. Young, who accounted for 81 on the drive on passing and running, then ran for a two-point conversion.
Chicago went back on top 28-21 at 10:43 of the third quarter following linebacker Bob Knapton's fumble recovery. On Ihe first play, halfback Ferguson threw an 18-yard option touchdown pass to Kris Haines. Chicago made it 35-21 in the fourth quarter when linebacker Ken Times sacked Young, forcing a fumble which defensive tackle Mike Morgan recovered at the Los Angeles 5. On the first play, Evans hit Ferguson with a touchdown pass.
Donnell Daniel blew the game open when he returned the Express' first punt of the game 72 yard's for a touchdown and a 42-21 Chicago lead with 7:08 left in the game. The Blitz took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Evans dove into the end zone from 1 yard out.
Young moved the Express 55 yards on the ensuing possession, with Mel Gray running 24 yards for a touchdown to tie it 7-7.
Los Angeles took a 13-7 lead on Tony Zendejas field goals of 38 and 29 yards, but the Blitz took a 14-13 lead when Evans rolled into the end zone from a yard out late in the second quarter. Gary Worthy set up the touchdown by galloping 61 yards to the Los Angeles 7. It was the longest run in Blitz history.
Larry Canada's 1 yard TD made it 21-13 with 15 seconds left in the half.
Los Angeles center Mike Reuther snapped the ball over Young's head at the Blitz 27. Young, who was in the shotgun formation, lost the race to the ball and Cattage picked it up and ran 11 yards before lateraling the ball to linebacker Tom Kilkenny who was finally tackled at the Los Angeles 30.
Los Angeles closed the gap to 42-29 when Young threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jojo Townsell with 2:17 left in the game.
Chicago closed the scoring with 2:01 left In the game when Worthy ran 48 yards for a touchdown.
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn