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New Jersey 28 at Orlando 10
1985 Week 2 - Friday, March 1, 1985
New Jersey Generals(0-1)(-12) at Orlando Renegades(0-1)
Attendance: 32,748, TV: ESPN
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Rookie quarterback Doug Flutie gambled, scrambled and threw for four touchdown passes to lead the NewJersey Generals to a 28-10 USFL victory over the Orlando Renegades Friday night.
Three of the passes by the former Heisrnan Trophy winner went to the same man, wide receiver Clarence Collins, the longest a 47-yarder. The fourth went to tight end Sam Bowers.
Orlando lost its home-opener and second game by failing to generate any sustained offense under quarterback Jerry Golsteyn. The Renegades' only touchdown was on a Golsteyn pass to tight end Bob Niziolek for 2 yards midway in ihe final period.
Jeff Brockhaus kicked a 22-yard field goal at the start of the third quarter for Orlando's only other points.
The victory was the first for the Flutie-Ied Generals after an opening-game loss to Birmingham.
The first-half score was 21-0 after Flutie's three TD tosses -- one for 9 yards to Collins in the first period, another 9-yarder to Collins midway in the second quarter and a 25-yard toss to tight end Sam Bowers shortly before halftime.
All the first-half scoring was the result of Flutie's scrambling and the strong running of Herschel Walker and Maurice Carthon, who combined for139 yards on 29 carries in that period. Flutie scrambled five times for 48 yards in the first two quarters. Flutie was 9 of 18 for 136 yards in the first half to Golsteyn's 4 of 15 for 40 yards.
After being down 21-0, Orlando came roaring out to start the second half, going 64 yards in 10 plays before bogging down on the 12. Brockhaus kicked his 22-yarder with 9:03 to go in the period.
Golsteyn hit tight end Don Echols for 18 yards to the three-yard line toward the end of final quarter. Echols fumbled into the end zone and the ball was covered by the Renegades. But the officials ruled it dead at the three, and Golsteyn then threw his only scoring pass of the game to Niziolek.
March 1, 1985 New Jersey Generals - 28 Orlando Renegades - 10 at Citrus Bowl 32,748 New Jersey 7 14 7 0 -- 28 Orlando 0 0 3 7 -- 10 1st Qtr ---- NJ - Collins 9 pass from Flutie (Ruzek kick) 2nd Qtr ---- NJ - Collins 9 pass from Flutie (Ruzek kick) NJ - Bowers 25 pass from Flutie (Ruzek kick) 3rd Qtr ---- ORL - FG Brockhaus 22 NJ - Collins 47 pass from Flutie (Ruzek kick) 4th Qtr ---- ORL - Niziolek 2 pass from Golsteyn (Brockhaus kick) TEAM STATS NEW JERSEY ORLANDO First Downs 26 13 Rushes-Yards 53-258 21-84 Passing Yards 191 130 Return Yards 63 62 Passes 11-24-0 12-27-1 Sacks By 1-8 0-0 Punts 5-40 6-46 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1 Penalties-Yards 7-68 2-22 Time of Possession 36:52 23:18 INDIVIDUAL STATS RUSHING = New Jersey: Walker 25-110, Carthon 20-91, Flutie 6-57, Pegues 1-0, Harmon 1-5. Orlando: Bledsoe 15-68, Odum 5-26, Simmons 1-(-10). PASSING = New Jersey: Flutie 11-24-0-191. Orlando: Golsteyn 12-27-1-138. RECEIVING = New Jersey: Collins 4-82, Bowers 2-57, Walker 3-23, Harmon 2-29. Orlando: Bledsoe 4-29, Niziolek 3-36, Johnson 1-2, Simmons 2-37, Walters 1-15, Echols 1-19. MISSED FIELD GOALS = New Jersey: Ruzek 1 (42 yards)
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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn