We are in the process of preserving USFL video. More than three-and-a-half decades have passed since the USFL last played football, and video of its games is in more danger every day of being lost or destroyed. If you have any video, including partial or complete games, coaches film, highlights, news footage, coaches shows or anything else, please contact us.
Order the book, The United States Football League, 1982–1986.
Denver 7 at New Jersey 27
1984 Week 17 - Saturday, June 16, 1984
Denver Gold(8-8) at New Jersey Generals(12-4)(-7.5)
Attendance: 28,915, TV: WPIX
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.(AP) -- Brian Sipe threw three touchdown passes, Herschel Walker scored twice and Maurice Carthon cracked the 1,000-yard rushing mark, leading the New Jersey Generals to a 27-7 rout of the Denver Gold before a crowd of 28,915.
The playoff-bound Generals improved to 13-4 while Denver(8-9) suffered its eighth loss in nine games and hurt its playoff chances. The Gold loss clinched the Pacific Division title for Los Angeles, but Denver is still battling Michigan and Arizona for two Western Conference wild card playoff spots. Denver finishes its season at home Friday against Oakland.
Carthon gained 68 yards to give him 1,007 on the season. He joins Walker (1,277) in becoming only the fourth pair of teammates in pro football history to gain over 1,000 yards in the same season. Tim Spencer and Kevin Long of the Blitz last accomplished the feat last year. In the NFL, Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris each gained 1,000 yards for Miami in 1972 and Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier turned the trick for Pittsburgh in 1976.
Sipe had scoring passes of four yards each to Clarence Collins and Walker and a 21-yarder to Sam Bowers. Walker added a 10-yard touchdown run to open the scoring 3:18 into the game.
June 16, 1984 New Jersey Generals - 27 Denver Gold - 7 at Giants Stadium 28,915 Denver 0 0 0 7 -- 7 New Jersey 13 7 7 0 -- 27 1st Quarter NJ - Walker 10 run (Ruzek kick) NJ - Collins 4 pass from Sipe (kick failed) 2nd Quarter NJ - Walker 4 pass from Sipe (Ruzek kick) 3rd Quarter NJ - Bowers 21 pass from Sipe (Ruzek kick) 4th Quarter DEN - Sydney 2 run (speelman kick) TEAM STATS: DENVER NEW JERSEY First downs 16 22 Rushes-yards 25-86 37-194 Passing yards 147 184 Return yards 129 114 Passes 14-30-2 13-22-2 Sacks by 1-14 1-9 Punts 4-38.3 1-39 Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0 Penalties-yards 6-35 4-51 Time of possession 28:27 31:33 INDIVIDUAL STATS: RUSHING = Denver: Sydney 13-69, Preston 4-12, V.White 3-3, Johnson 3-2, Hobart 1-4, Matthews 1-(-4). New Jersey: Carthon 14-88, Walker 12-44, Calhoun 3-22, Pegues 6-11, Bradley 1-18, T.White 1-11. PASSING = Denver: Hobart 8-18-108-1, Penrose 6-12-48-1. New Jersey: Sipe 12-20-181-2, Bradley 1-2-17-0. RECEIVING = Denver: Niziolek 4-58, Arnold 3-33, V.White 2-8, Harris 1-22, Preston 1-15, Hicks 1-9, Balholm 1-9, Sydney 1-6. New Jersey: Walker 4-45, Bowers 3-96, Collins 2-26, Spek 2-22, Knight 1-5, Carthon 1-4. MISSED FIELD GOALS = Denver: Speelman 24. New Jersey: Ruzek 49.
Archived news report
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn