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Pittsburgh 7 at Memphis 17
1984 Week 10 - Friday, April 27, 1984
Pittsburgh Maulers(2-7) at Memphis Showboats(2-7)(-1)
MEMPHIS (AP) - A scrambling, dodging, slippery Walter Lewis threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Derrick Crawford as the Memphis Showboats ended a three-game losing streak with a 17-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Maulers.
Lewis had 264 yards in the air Friday evening and running back Alan Reid added 69 yards rushing.
The Showboats' defense allowed their United States Football League rivals a mere 15 yards net rushing, and Mauler quarterback Glenn Carano, although throwing for a net 190 yards, couldn't put together a sustained drive all night long.
"We were beaten physically tonight on offense, defense and the special teams," said Pittsburgh coach Joe Pendry. "We couldn't stop them. They seemed to have quite a bit of luck stopping us, however."
The victory, before 30,640 at the Liberty Bowl, gives the Showboats a 3-7 log in their first USFL season. The Maulers' hard-luck skein continued. Pittsburgh is now 2-8, including four losses in a row.
"We were snakebitten just about every week but I always though we'd suck it up and come up with a game like this," said Showboat Coach Pepper Rodgers in the dressing room. "I'd like to do this again real soon...like next week." The Showboats play the Federals in Washington next Sunday.
Lewis, who confounded the Mauler defense with his scrambling all night long, put together a scoring drive on the Showboats' first possession.
The 'Boats held the Maulers early in the first quarter and took over on a punt. It took just eight plays to move 80 yards. The key play was a short pass to wide receiver Cormac Carney in the left flat at midfield. Carney dodged a half-dozen Mauler tacklers and made his way to the Pittsburgh 26.
Two plays later, Lewis, who was 24 of 32 for the night, tossed to Crawford over the middle at the 5. Crawford was untouched as he crossed the goal. The Showboats' next possession ended with a 27-yard field goal by Alan Duncan. That drive covered 88 yards in 16 plays.
The Maulers narrowed the gap in the third period with Carano's 10-yard touchdown pass to Jackie Flowers after the Memphis fumble.
But Memphis struck back with another touchdown when Lewis capped a 69-yard, 12-play drive with another scoring pass to Crawford. That play began at the Pittsburgh 3. Another Memphis drive was brought up short at the final whistle.
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn