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San Antonio 26 at Houston 29


1984 Week 17 - Monday, June 18, 1984
San Antonio Gunslingers(6-10) at Houston Gamblers(11-5)(-16.5)
Attendance: 30,184, TV: ESPN

HOUSTON (AP) - Former world heavyweight champion George Foreman, now a minister prayed before the game and Houston Gamblers quarterback Jim Kelly prayed in the fourth quarter in the Astrodome Monday.

Foreman, a former fighter turned minister, performed a wedding at halftime on the 50-yard line, and Kelly rallied the Gamblers with a pair of spectacular second-half comebacks for a 29-26 United States Football victory over the San Antonio Gunslingers.

"I was just praying our defense would give me a chance (to help Gamblers win)," said Kelly, who threw four interceptions and was sacked three times. "I guess this will give us a little more confidence going into the playoffs."

The Gamblers, already assured of a playoff berth as the Central Division champions, nonetheless had to rally twice in the fourth quarter to defeat their intrastate rival.

San Antonio quarterback Rick Neuheisel paced the Gunslingers to a 20-7 halftime lead with a 17-point first quarter that included a 15-yard pass to Don Roberts, Mike Hagen's two-yard run and the first of four field goals by Nick Mike-Mayer.

Houston's only first-half scoring came on Kellyls 44-yard touchdown pass to Richard Johnson, who set a USFL season receiving total of 1,322 yards.

Houston took a 21-20 third quarter lead on Kelly's 26-yard touchdown pass to Scott McGhee and Todd Fowler's one-yard dive.

But Mike-Mayer's 40 and 49 yard field goals gave San Antonio the lead until Kelly took the Gamblers 79-yards in two plays, capped by Ricky Sanders' 30-yard touchdown catch with 1:15 left in the game for the win.

"I don't think people were concentrating as much as they should have been," Kelly said of Houston's late victory. "We knew we could come back. It was just a matter of time."

Houston Coach Jack Pardee was pleased with his team's resiliancy. "We showed we can come from behind late in the game. We had been getting ahead early in most of our other games. This certainly wasn't one of our better games.We had enough mistakes to last a season."

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	1	2	3	4	F
SA     17	3	0	6   -   26
HOU	7	0      14	8   -   29

Scoring

SA: Hagen 2 yd run (Mike-Mayer kick) - SA 7, HOU 0

SA: Roberts 15 yd pass from Neuheisel (Mike-Mayer kick) - SA 14, HOU 0

HOU:Johnson 44 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - SA 14, HOU 7

SA: Mike-Mayer 18 yd field goal - SA 17, HOU 7

SA: Mike-Mayer 26 yd field goal - SA 20, HOU 7

HOU:McGhee 26 yd pass from Kelly (Fritsch kick) - SA 20, HOU 14

HOU:Fowler 1 yd run (Fritsch kick) - HOU 21, SA 20

SA: Mike-Mayer 40 yd field goal - SA 23, HOU 21

SA: Mike-Mayer 49 yd field goal - SA 26, HOU 21

HOU:Sanders 30 yd pass from Kelly (Kelly run) - HOU 29, SA 26

Box Score

                              SA            HOU
First Downs                   21             18
Rushes-Yards              48-239          19-95
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    31-13-128-1    37-20-283-4
Sacked-Yards Lost            2-8           3-19
Total Plays-Yards         81-359         59-359
Fumbles-Lost                 0-0            1-1
Penalties-Yards             9-94           9-75
Turnovers                      1              5
Time of Possession         38:03          21:57

Attendance = 30,164

SAN ANTONIO				     HOUSTON
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Neuheisel    30  13 128  1  1  53.2          Kelly        36  20 283  4  3  69.3
Bonner        1   0   0  0  0  39.6          Walters       1   0   0  0  0  39.6

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Works        11  78  7.1  0                  Kelly         9  65  7.2  0
Hagen        13  59  4.5  1                  Fowler       10  30  3.0  1
Bonner       14  55  3.9  0                  
Neuheisel     5  27  5.4  0                  
Roberts       2  17  8.5  0                  
Rush          3   3  1.0  0                  

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Roberts       5  57 11.4  1                  Johnson       9 116 12.9  1
Hackett       2  26 13.0  0                  Sanders       8  74  9.3  1
Starks        2  16  8.0  0                  McNeil        1  49 49.0  0
Buggs         1  10 10.0  0                  McGhee        1  26 26.0  1
Gordon        1   9  9.0  0                  Fowler        1  18 18.0  0
Bonner        1   8  8.0  0                  
Hagen         1   2  2.0  0                  

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Bonner          3  50 16.7  0                Courville       4  57 14.3  0
Ulmer           2  40 20.0  0                Eason           2  42 21.0  0
                                             Verdin          1  30 30.0  0

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
None                                         McNeil          2  34 17.0  0
                                             Lewis           1   0  0.0  0

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Mike-Mayer      4-4  49  2-2   14            Fritsch         0-1  --  3-3    3
                miss: --                                     miss: 46

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Hartley         5 154 30.8                   Walters         2  98 49.0

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Monroe          1   8                        Catan           1   6
Morris          1   7                        Fitzpatrick     1   2
Case            1   4                        

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Richmond        2  28 14.0  0                Myers           1   9  9.0  0
Tyler           1  19 19.0  0                
Ulmer           1   0  0.0  0

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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