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Oklahoma 12 at Houston 31


1984 Week 13 - Sunday, May 20, 1984
Oklahoma Outlaws(6-6) at Houston Gamblers(7-5)(-12.5)
Attendance: 31,142, TV: ABC

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston quarterback Jim Kelly threw three touchdown passes in the first half, including a record breaking 41-yarder to Richard Johnson, as the Gamblers blasted Oklahoma 31- 12 Sunday in a United States Football League game.

The victory boosted Houston to an 8-5 record. The Outlaws dropped to 6-7 with their fifth consecutive defeat.

Kelly, who completed 20 of 31 passes for 281 yards, started the first-half assault on the fourth play of the game with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Johnson. The catch gave Johnson 82 receptions for the season and a new USFL record.

Chicago's Trumaine Johnson held the previous record of 81 catches in a season.

Kelly directed the Gamblers to three scores in their first four possessions. He also hit Todd Fowler on a 36-yard strike following a fumble recovery by Gambler safety Tom Myers.

Complete Game




Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
OKL	0	3	0	9   -   12
HOU    14	7	3	7   -   31

Scoring

HOU:R. Johnson 41 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - HOU 7, OKL 0

HOU:Fowler 36 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - HOU 14, OKL 0

HOU:McNeil 36 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - HOU 21, OKL 0

OKL:Herrera 34 yd field goal - HOU 21, OKL 3

HOU:Fritsch 42 yd field goal - HOU 24, OKL 3

HOU:Fowler 4 yd run (Fritsch kick) - HOU 31, OKL 3

OKL:E. Anderson 4 yd run (Herrera kick) - HOU 31, OKL 10

OKL:Safety, Middleton tackled Dillon in end zone - HOU 31, OKL 12

Box Score

                             OKL            HOU
First Downs                   14             19
Rushes-Yards               23-97         27-128
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    34-14-146-3    31-20-281-0
Sacked-Yards Lost           5-41           9-63
Total Plays-Yards         62-202         67-346
Fumbles-Lost                 3-2            3-0
Penalties-Yards             4-35           7-55
Turnovers                      5              0
Time of Possession         24:49          35:11

Attendance = 31,142

OKLAHOMA				     HOUSTON
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Williams D   34  14 146  3  0  17.5          Kelly        31  20 281  0  3 125.9

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Anderson E   18  79  4.4  1                  Fowler       20  94  4.7  0
Lazarus       3   8  2.7  0                  Kelly         5  31  6.2  0
Sample        1   7  7.0  0                  Clark         2   3  1.5  0
Harris        1   3  3.0  0                  

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Wheeler       2  37 18.5  0                  Johnson R     4  78 19.5  1
Williams A    3  34 17.0  0                  Fowler        4  65 16.3  1
Lazarus       3  32 10.7  0                  Moser         1  39 39.0  0
Steptoe       3  21  7.0  0                  McNeil        4  36  9.0  1
Sample        1  14 14.0  0                  Sanders       4  35  8.8  0
Anderson E    1   6  6.0  0                  Verdin        2  15  7.5  0
Ragsdale      1   2  2.0  0                  McGhee        1  13 13.0  0

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Harris          5 118 23.6  0                Courville       2  52 26.0  0
Sample          1  17 17.0  0                Sanders         1  12 12.0  0
Ragsdale        1  11 11.0  0                

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Turner          1   3  3.0  0                Sanders         1   7  7.0  0
                                             McNeil          1   5  5.0  0

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Herrera         1-1  34  1-1    4            Fritsch         1-1  42  4-4    7
                miss: --                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
deBruijn        5 183 36.6                   Walters         4 165 41.3

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Anderson C      3  18                        Fitzpatrick     2  13
Nelson          2  17                        Catan           1  11
McMillan        1   9                        Crosby          1  10
McClain         1   9                        Myers           1   7
West            1   5                        
Beeson        0.5  2.5                       
Middleton     0.5  2.5                       

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
None                                         Lewis           2   7  3.5  0
                                             Heath           1   0  0.0  0

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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