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New Jersey 17 at Washington 311984 Week 12 - Friday, May 11, 1984
WASHINGTON (UPI & AP) - The Washington Federals forgot about where they might be going and where they've been Friday night, and gave the New Jersey Generals a refresher course in humility. Mike Hohensee ran for two 1-yard touchdowns and the Federals defense intercepted five Brian Sipe passes to score a shocking 31-17 victory over the Generals at RFK Stadium in Washington.
The Federals, 2-10, snapped a three-game Generals' winning streak and dropped New Jersey to 9-3.
Washington's win came jn the wake of the sale of the franchise to Florida real estate magnate Sherwood Weiser, who reportedly plans to move the team to Miami.
"It feels like it never has before. We've gone through a lot this past week," Hohensee said. "We've been badmouthed by the press and media, and we didn't know where we were going next year."
Hohensee ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third, Curtis Bledsoe rushed for 122 yards and Greg Taylor returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.
The last-place Federals, winning at home for the first time this year, and for the first time ever over New Jersey, raised their record to 2-10. The game comes just two months after the Generals crushed the Federals 43-6 in New Jersey.
Hohensee, playing with his left wrist in a cast to protect a broken bone, completed 20 of 27 passes for 214 yards.
The much-maligned Federals' defense, which had surrendered a league-high 305 points coming into the game, rose up to intercept New Jersey quarterback Brian Sipe five times and hold Generals' running back Herschel Walker to 53 yards rushing.
Offensively, the Federals broke on top early as Taylor took the opening kickoff at his own nine-yard line and raced straight through the heart of the Generals' special teams for a touchdown just 17 seconds into the game.
The Generals, who lead the league in giveaways-takeaways, took advantage of a Washington fumble to cut the deficit to 7-3 before the end ofthe first quarter. After Kerry Justin recovered a loose ball at the Washington 43, the Generals drove to the six before the drive stalled. New Jersey salvaged three points on Roger Ruzek's 26-yard field goal.
The Federals extended their lead to 14-3 in the first minute of the second quarter after marching 86 yards in 11 plays with Hohensee's 6-yard touchdown pass to Joey Walters on a play action, culminating the drive. Bledsoe gained 15 yards on the drive, en route to his fourth 100-yard plus game in the last seven weeks.
Walters, the Eastern Conference's leading receiver, became the first player to go over 1,000 yards receiving this season during the game.
May 11, 1984 Washington Federals - 31 New Jersey Generals - 17 at R.F.K. Stadium 11,367 New Jersey 3 0 7 7 -- 17 Washington 7 14 3 7 -- 31 1st Quarter WASH - G.Taylor 91 kickoff return (Brockhaus kick) NJ - FG Ruzek 26 2nd Quarter WASH - Walters 6 pass from Hohensee (Brockhaus kick) WASH - Hohensee 1 run (Brockhaus kick) 3rd Quarter WASH - FG Brockhaus 28 NJ - Carthon 1 run (Ruzek kick) 4th Quarter WASH - Hohensee 1 run (Brockhaus kick) NJ - Spek 2 pass from Sipe (Ruzek kick) TEAM STATS: NEW JERSEY WASHINGTON First downs 19 23 Rushes-yards 19-69 43-151 Passing yards 288 207 Return yards 20 54 Passes 24-35-5 20-27-1 Sacks by 1-7 0-0 Punts 1-45 3-29 Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1 Penalties-yards 6-27 7-55 Time of possession 23:57 36:03 INDIVIDUAL STATS: RUSHING = New Jersey: Walker 14-53, Carthon 5-16. Washington: Bledsoe 28-122, B.Taylor 7-14, Hohensee 5-5, Robinson 3-10. PASSING = New Jersey: Sipe 24-35-288-1. Washington: Hohensee 20-27-214-1. RECEIVING = New Jersey: Spek 10-92, McConnaughey 4-55, Knight 3-84, Walker 3-16, Collins 2-26, Carthon 2-18. Washington: Walters 8-65, G.Taylor 4-61, B.Taylor 4-39, Bledsoe 2-11, Harris 1-20, Simmons 1-18. MISSED FIELD GOALS = none