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Memphis 20 at San Antonio 3

1985 Week 1 - Monday, February 25, 1985
Attendance: 10,983, TV: ESPN


SAN ANTONIO, TX (AP) Quarterback Walter Lewis fired three touchdown passes to spark the Memphis Showboats to a 20-3 victory over the San Antonio Gunslingers Monday night in the United States Football League.

Lewis passed 25 yards to wide receiver Greg Moser for a second period score and connected on a 35-yard scoring play to wide receiver Derrick Crawford in the third period.

Lewis' last scoring pass went to tight end Gary Shirk for 4 yards with just 35 seconds gone in the final quarter.

The score came four plays after linebacker Lemont Jeffers recovered a fumble by San Antonio quarterback Rick Neuheisel on the Gunslingers' 15. Alan Duncan kicked the extra point.

Duncan converted after the first touchdown, but missed after the second.

San Antonio, held without a touchdown for the first time in its two-year history, averted a shutout when Nick Mike-Mayer kicked a 22-yard field goal.

Running back Leonard Williams gained 136 yards in 19 carries for Memphis. His rushing total, the Showboats' 243 yards and their 22 first downs were all-time highs against the Gunslingers.

"Memphis is to be complimented," San Antonio Coach Jim Bates said. "They did an excellent job on both sides of the ball. They ran the ball better than anyone we've seen."

San Antonio's offense never got untracked. Besides the 15- play, 65-yard drive that led to the Mike-Mayer field goal, the Gunslingers' only other threat ended at the Memphis 5 when running back Scott Stamper fumbled.


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