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Arizona 24 at Houston 37


1984 Week 9 - Saturday, April 21, 1984
Arizona Wranglers(4-4)(-3) at Houston Gamblers(5-3)
Attendance: 23,117, TV: ESPN

HOUSTON (AP) -- For Houston Gamblers coach Jack Pardee, it was a case of the student beating the teacher. "It's always nice to beat a George Allen team because you know you've beaten a well coached team," Pardee said, savoring his club's 37-24 United States Footbail League victory Saturday night over the Arizona Wranglers.

"When you go against your ex-coach, you sure don't want to lay any eggs," said Pardee, who played for Allen in the National Football League with Los Angeles and Washington.

The Houston defense, however, nearly had egg all over itself by blowing a 24-3 lead. But the Gamblers special teams put the contest out of reach when defensive end Pete Catan recovered a blocked 50-yard field goal attempt by Frank Corral in the fourth quarter and rumbled 58 yards for the score.

That came on the heels of Jim Kelly's 11-yard touchdown pass to Richard Johnson early in the final period after the Wranglers had knotted the score at 24-24. "I think it was our best overall game," Pardee said. "Really, other than two or three mistakes, it shouldn't have been as suspenseful a game as it was."

Tim Spencer had 110 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Arizona, now 4-5 but still second in the weak Pacific Division. Spencer's first score, a 25-yard run just before halftime, pulled the Wranglers to 24-10.

Then in the third period Greg Landry hit Trumane Johnson with a 13-yard TD strike and Spencer went in from the twototie the game. Kelly completed three passes for 57 yards on the 80-yard scoring drive that put Houston on its way to its sixth win in nine games.

The two teams traded field goals in the first quarter, Toni Fritch booting a 39-yarder and Corral one from 23 yards.

Kelly, who completed 17 of 23 passes for 357 yards to remain the top-rated quarterback in the USFL, almost single-handedly gave Houston its early 24-3 bulge, throwing touchdown passes of 53 and 77 yards and scoring himself on a two-yard run.

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	1	2	3	4	F
AZ	3	7      14	0   -   24
HOU	3      21	0      13   -   37

Scoring

HOU:Fritsch 39 yd field goal - HOU 3, ARI 0

AZ: Corral 23 yd field goal - ARI 3, HOU 3

HOU:Kelly 2 yd run (Fritsch kick) - HOU 10, ARI 3

HOU:R. Johnson 53 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - HOU 17, ARI 3

HOU:Sanders 77 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - HOU 24, ARI 3

AZ: Spencer 25 yd run (Corral kick) - HOU 24, ARI 10

AZ: T. Johnson 13 yd pass from Landry (Corral kick) - HOU 24, ARI 17

AZ: Spencer 2 yd run (Corral kick) - ARI 24, HOU 24

HOU:R. Johnson 17 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - HOU 31, ARI 24

HOU:Catan 58 yd blocked field goal return (kick failed) - HOU 37, ARI 24    

Box Score

                             ARI            HOU
First Downs                   26             17
Rushes-Yards              26-134          18-61
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    41-27-278-1    23-17-363-1
Sacked-Yards Lost           2-12           4-23
Total Plays-Yards         69-400         45-401
Fumbles-Lost                 1-0            5-2
Penalties-Yards             8-81         14-117
Turnovers                      1              3
Time of Possession         34:37          25:23

Attendance = 23,117

ARIZONA					     HOUSTON
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Landry       41  27 278  1  1  83.2          Kelly        23  17 363  1  3 137.2

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Spencer      16 110  6.9  2                  Fowler       11  51  4.6  0
Long          9  27  3.0  0                  Kelly         7  10  1.4  1
Landry        1  -3 -3.0  0                  

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Willis        5  69 13.8  0                  Johnson R     6 143 23.8  2
Spencer       5  52 10.4  0                  Sanders       2  86 43.0  1
Ricker        4  46 11.5  0                  Fowler        6  70 11.7  0
Dennison      6  35  5.8  0                  Moser         1  34 34.0  0
Johnson T     3  35 11.7  1                  McGhee        1  19 19.0  0
Long          2  21 10.5  0                  McNeil        1  11 11.0  0 
Boatner       2  20 10.0  0                  

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Tolbert         4  79 19.8  0                Verdin          3  81 27.0  0
Clark           1  15 15.0  0                Eason           1  17 17.0  0
Drane           1  10 10.0  0                McClain         1   9  9.0  0
Douglas         1   0  0.0  0                

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Tolbert         1   0  0.0  0                Sanders         2   5  2.5  0

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Corral          1-2  23  3-3    6            Fritsch         1-1  39  4-5    7
                miss: 50                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Corral          3 128 42.7                   Walters         3 132 44.0

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
White           2  13                        Fitzpatrick     1   8
Lee             1   9                        Catan           1   4
Lathrop         1   1                         

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Lee             1   3  3.0  0                Eason           1   0  0.0  0      

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