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Arizona 14 at San Antonio 16
1985 Week 2 - Sunday, March 3, 1985
Arizona Outlaws(1-0)(-5) at San Antonio Gunslingers(0-1)
SAN ANTONIO, TX (AP) -- San Antonio's last-minute, come-from-behind victory over the Arizona Outlaws could make for a major turning point for the Gunslingers this season, quarterback Rick Neuheisel says. "We have a very positive feeling 'about ourselves," said Neuheisel, who threw for 155 yards and one touchdown as his team defeated Arizona 16-14 in United States Football League play Sunday.
A warm glow from the victory "will definitely carry over into the rest of the season,"he added.
The Gunslingers weren't feeling so good going into Sunday's contest. They had performed miserably in the season opener, which they lost 20-3 to the Memphis Showboats.
Sunday's victory put the Guns at 1-1 for the season, while the Outlaws came out with a matching 1-1.
With the score tied 14-14, Gunslinger Reggie Mathis blocked an Arizona punt and Jim Bob Morris recovered at the Outlaws 2. San Antonio tried a field goal, after failing to cross the goal line, but the snap from center was mishandled and Neuheisel's (the holder) attempted pass into the endzone was incomplete.
Arizona got off one play deep in its territory before Gunslinger Jeff Chaffin pounced on Arizona quarterback Doug Williams for the winning safety, with a little more than a minute remaining.
Arizona Coach Frank Kush, whose team led 7-0 until the fourth quarter, said he wasn't happy with his special teams. A bad snap from the punting team led to a fourth-quarter touchdown for the Guns and later allowed a blocked punt that put the Outlaws deep in their own territory and cost them the winning safety.
The special teams, Kush said, "had to be the difference in the game. San Antonio should get credit though, because they hung in there."
San Antonio was scoreless until the fourth period, when Arizona's Case de Bruijn dropped a bad snap, recovered it and was tackled at his own 2. Two plays later, San Antonio's Scott Stamper scored from the 1.
Arizona answered with a 75yard, 12-play drive capped by a Kevin Long touchdown from the 1.
On the first play of San Antonio's next possession, Neuheisel connected with Buggs for a 69-yarder and a 14-14 tie.
Arizona had scored on its first possession of the game, driving 71 yards on 13 plays. Long put in another 1-yard run for the touchdown.
Sunday, March 3, 1985 Arizona Outlaws 14 @ San Antonio Gunslingers 16 Stadium : Alamo Stadium, San Antonio, TX. Attendance: 11,151 Arizona San Antonio First Downs 16 10 Rushes - Yards 26-102 21-54 Passing Yards 202 114 Return Yards 24 36 Passes 24-34-2 10-22-1 Sacks by 7-41 2-9 Punts 2-14 6-36 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-0 Penalties-Yards 5-45 3-25 Time of Possession 32:18 27:42 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total Arizona 7 0 0 7 - 14 San Antonio 0 0 0 16 - 16 1st Quarter Scoring Arizona Outlaws - Long 1 yard run ( Zendejas Kick ) 2nd Quarter Scoring NO SCORING 3rd Quarter Scoring NO SCORING 4th Quarter Scoring San Antonio Gunslingers - Stamper 1 yard run ( Mike-Mayer Kick ) Arizona Outlaws - Long 1 yard run ( Zendejas Kick ) San Antonio Gunslingers - Buggs 69 yard pass from Neuheisel ( Mike-Mayer Kick ) San Antonio Gunslingers - Safety by Chaffin, tackled D. Williams in End Zone INDIVIDUAL Statistics Rushing Arizona Outlaws - Long 12-36, Brown 8-31, Williams 2-22, Boatner 2-6, Clark 1-3, Anderson 1-1. San Antonio Gunslingers - Stamper 8-22, Worthy 5-18, Neuheisel 4-6, Canada 3-5, Roberts 1-3. Passing Arizona Outlaws - D. Williams 24-34-2-211. San Antonio Gunslingers - Neuheisel 10-22-1-155. Receiving Arizona Outlaws - Wheeler 6-61, Long 5-49, Boatner 4-40, Clark 4-26, Brown 2-14, Anderson 2-14, Mistler 1-7. San Antonio Gunslingers - Roberts 2-15, Hadnot 2-12, Buggs 1-69, Worthy 1-16, Jordan 1-12, Hackett 1-12, Stamper 1-10, Canada 1-9. Missed Field Goals Arizona Outlaws - 42 yard & 51 yard FG's missed by Zendejas.
Archived news report
Archived news report
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn