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Memphis 20 at San Antonio 3


1985 Week 1 - Monday, February 25, 1985
Memphis Showboats(0-0) at San Antonio Gunslingers(0-0)(-2.5)
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.

Complete Game




	1	2	3	4	F
MEM	0	7	6	7   -   20
SA	0       0       3       0   -    3

Scoring

MEM:Moser 25 pass frpm lewis(Duncan kick) - MEM 7, SA 0

SA: Mike-Mayer 22 FG - MEM 7, SA 3

MEM:Crawford 35 passs from Lewis(kick failed) - MEM 13, SA 3

MEM:Shirk 4 pass from Lewis(Duncan kick) - MEM 20, SA 3

Box Score

                             MEM            SA
First Downs		      22	    12                   
Rushes-Yards              45-243         21-75
Passing (A-C-Y-I)     17-9-128-0   27-13-122-1
Sacked-Yards Lost           3-25          4-24  
Total Plays-Yards         62-371        48-197
Fumbles-Lost                 2-1           3-2
Penalties-Yards             4-25          2-10
Turnovers                      1             3
Time of Possession         33:55         26:05

Attendance = 10,983

MEMPHIS					     SAN ANTONIO
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Lewis        17   9 153  0  3 123.28         Neuheisel    26  13 146  1  0  51.12
					     Taylor        1   0   0  0  0   -- 

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
H.Williams     19 136  7.2  0                Worthy        8  28  3.5  0
Sydney       10  46  4.6  0                  Stamper       6  17  2.8  0
Lewis         3  22  7.3  0                  Canada        5  16  3.2  0
Porter        6  20  3.3  0                  Neuheisel     2   8  4.0  0
O'Neal        5  14  2.8  0                  Roberts       1   3  3.0  0
Parker        2   5  2.5  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Crawford      3  67 22.3  1                  Hadnot        2  47 23.5  0
Moser         3  47 15.7  1                  Worthy        3  35 11.7  0
Shirk         2  25 12.5  1                  Hackett       2  25 12.5  0
Raugh         1  14 14.0  0                  Roberts       2  19  9.5  0
					     Canada        3  18  6.0  0
					     Stamper	   1   2  2.0  0             

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
H.Williams      1  24 24.0  0                Williams        2  43 21.5  0
					     Stamper         1  20 20.0  0   

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
H.Williams      4  19  4.8  0		     Williams        1   3  3.0  0            

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Duncan          0-1  --  2-3   2             Mike-Mayer      1-1  22  0-0   3
                miss: 44                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Miller          4 161 40.3                   Hartley         7 268 38.3

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Hammond         1   8                        Morris          1  12
Cokeley         1   7                        Gillen          1   9
Clancy          1   5                        Fields          1   4
Bussey          1   4

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Coleman         1   6  6.0  0                None

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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