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New Jersey 14 at Tampa Bay 40


1984 Week 15 - Sunday, June 3, 1984
New Jersey Generals(11-3) at Tampa Bay Bandits(10-4)(-5.5)
Attendance: 45,255, TV: ABC

TAMPA, Fla (AP) - John Reaves threw three touchdown passes and Willie Gillespie caught two of them Sunday as the Tampa Bay Bandits routed the New Jersey Generals 40-14 to clinch a berth in the United States Football League playoffs.

Reaves left the game late in the third period after completing 14 of 23 passes for 211 yards His favorite target was Gillespie, a wide receiver returning from two weeks of inactivity after injuring both ankles to catch first-half touchdown passes of 2 and 14 yards.

With the victory, the 11-4 Bandits nailed at least an at-large place in the playoffs. The Generals, also 11-4, garnered a spot Friday night when Memphis came up with a victory over New Orleans, 20-17.

Highlights




June 3, 1984
Tampa Bay Bandits - 40
New Jersey Generals - 14
at Tampa Stadium
45,255

New Jersey	0	7	0	7    --	14
Tampa Bay	7	14	19	0    --	40

1st Quarter	TB - G.Anderson  1 run (Andrushyshyn kick)
2nd Quarter	TB - Gillespie 2 pass from Reaves (Andrushyshyn kick)
		NJ - Walker 1 run (Ruzek kick)
		TB - Gillespie 14 pass from Reaves (Andrushyshyn kick)
3rd Quarter	TB - Boone 36 run (Andrushyshyn kick)
		TB - Safety, D.Anderson blocks punt through end zone
		TB - Morgan 8 pass from Reaves (Andrushyshyn kick)
4th Quarter	NJ - Knight 7 pass from Bradley (Ruzek kick)

TEAM STATS:		NEW JERSEY	TAMPA BAY
First downs		18		24
Rushes-yards		31-108		32-192
Passing yards		140		220
Return yards		29		65
Passes			43-21-2		27-16-2
Sacks by			2-11		1-11
Punts			7-37		3-46
Fumbles-lost		1-0		0-0
Penalties-yards		7-72		7-65
Time of possession		32:59		27:01

INDIVIDUAL STATS:
RUSHING = New Jersey: Walker 16-59, Carthon 10-29, Bradley 1-9, Calhoun 1-9, Pegues 3-2.  
	Tampa Bay: Anderson 12-65, Boone 8-61, Williams 8-49, Christian 3-16, Truvillion 1-1.
PASSING = New Jersey: Sipe 11-21-2-83, Bradley 10-22-0-68.  Tampa Bay: Reaves 14-23-1-211,
	Peace 2-4-1-12.
RECEIVING = New Jersey: Carthon 4-26, Pegues 4-23, Collins 3-25, Calhoun 3-11, Knight 2-20, 
	Walker 2-15, McConnaughey 1-14, Speck 1-12, Bowers 1-5.  Tampa Bay: Brodsky 6-82, 
	Gillespie 4-80, G.Anderson 2-31, Harvey 2-19, Morgan 1-8, Truvillion 1-3.
MISSED FIELD GOALS = none

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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