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New Jersey 35 at Arizona 21
1983 Week 5 - Sunday, April 3, 1983
New Jersey Generals(0-4) at Arizona Wranglers(2-2)(-7)
TEMPE (AP) - Million-dollar running back Hershel Walker broke loose for 177 yards and touchdowns Sunday as the New Jersey Generals won their first United States Football League game 35-21 over the Arizona Wranglers.
Walker, the former Heisman Trophy winner out of Georgia who had just 261 yards through the Generals' first four games, broke the 100-yard barrier for the first time as a pro on 33 carries.
His 19-yard scoring run midway through the third quarter erased a 14-13 halftime deficit and put New Jersey(1-4) ahead for good while sending the Wranglers(2-3) to their second straight loss.
Walker added a four-yard touchdown run with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter for a 28-14 lead.
Alan Risher threw his third touchdown pass of the night to Jackie Flowers - this time for 62 yards - to bring Arizona to 28-21 with 12:05 left in the game.
But Walker's one-yard touchdown run with 6:31 remaining sealed New Jersey's victory before a crowd of 31,382 at Sun Devil Stadium.
April 3, 1983 New Jersey Generals - 35 Arizona Wranglers - 21 at Sun Devil Stadium 31,382 New Jersey 3 10 15 7 -- 35 Arizona 7 7 0 7 -- 21 1st Quarter NJ - FG Jacobs 38 ARIZ - Flowers 35 pass from Risher (Asmus kick) 2nd Quarter NJ - Brodsky 31 pass from Scott (Jacobs kick) NJ - FG Jacobs 51 ARIZ - Flowers 7 pass from Risher (Asmus kick) 3rd Quarter NJ - Walker 19 run (Carthon pass from Scott) NJ - Walker 4 run (Jacobs kick) 4th Quarter ARIZ - Flowers 62 pass from Risher (Asmus kick) NJ - Walker 1 run (Jacobs kick) TEAM STATS: NEW JERSEY ARIZONA First Downs 30 18 Rushes-yards 46-237 28-130 Passing yards 257 242 Return yards 40 0 Passes 17-32-0 18-29-3 Sacks by 3-19 3-17 Punts 2-33 4-38 Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-1 Penalties-yards 4-20 6-70 Time of possession 35:44 24:16 INDIVIDUAL STATS: RUSHING = New Jersey: Walker 33-177, Carthon 10-34, Tullis 2-26, Scott 1-0. Arizona: Murray 12-72, Howell 10-29, Risher 4-25, Flowers 1-3, Clark 1-1. PASSING = New Jersey: Scott 17-31-0-276, Friede 0-1-0-0. Arizona: Risher 18-29-3-259. RECEIVING = New Jersey: McConnaughey 6-88, Friede 3-59, Hicks 3-52, Brodsky 2-48, Walker 2-27, Carthon 1-2. Arizona: Flowers 7-151, Keel 4-49, Balholm 3-40, Murray 4-19. MISSED FIELD GOALS = New Jersey: Jacobs 44, 37.
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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn