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Houston 50 at Tampa Bay 28

1985 Week 2 - Sunday, March 3, 1985
Attendance: 42,291, TV: ABC


Clarence Verdin gets Houston started.


TAMPA(AP) The Houston Gamblers unleashed an offensive show as Jim Kelly passed for 261 yards and four touchdowns and Clarence Verdin and Gerald McNeil returned kicks for scores in a 50-28 victory over the Bandits. Verdin, who returned a kickoff 94 yards, and McNeil, who scored on a 79-yard punt return, also caught touchdown passes from Kelly, who has thrown for 835 yards and nine TDs in two games.

Kelly teamed with McNeil on a 58-yard bomb for a 38-21 lead 5:52 into the third quarter and fired a 20-yard strike to Verdin less than three minutes later. Kelly also tossed touchdown passes of 4 and 13 yards to Richard Johnson and Vince Courville, respectively.

The Houston defense, meanwhile, intercepted Tampa Bay quarterbacks John Reaves and Jimmy Jordan six times as the teams attempted a USFL record 103 passes.

I didnt set any records, said Kelly, who passed for a professional record 574 yards against Los Angeles a week ago, but as long as we win thats all that counts to me.

Sunday, March 3, 1985

Houston Gamblers 50 @ Tampa Bay Bandits 28

Stadium : Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL.

Attendance: 42,291

                    Houston    Tampa Bay

First Downs            13          27
Rushes - Yards       11-41       23-87
Passing Yards         248         408
Return Yards          202          4
Passes              22-41-0     33-62-6
Sacks by              1-1         5-36
Punts                 5-45        2-45
Fumbles-Lost          4-3         0-0
Penalties-Yards      12-35        7-55
Time of Possession   24:14       35:46

                    1st 2nd 3rd 4th  Total

Houston             21  10  14   5  - 50
Tampa Bay            7   7   7   7  - 28

1st Quarter Scoring

Tampa Bay Bandits - Anderson 5 yard run ( Andrusyshyn Kick )

Houston Gamblers - Verdin 94 yard Kickoff Return ( Fritsch Kick )

Houston Gamblers - Johnson 4 yard pass from Kelly ( Fritsch Kick )

Houston Gamblers - McNeil 79 yard Punt Return ( Frirsch Kick )

2nd Quarter Scoring

Houston Gamblers - Courville 13 yard pass from Kelly ( Fritsch Kick )

Tampa Bay Bandits - Jackson 14 yard pass from Reaves ( Andrusyshyn Kick )

Houston Gamblers - 38 yard Field Goal by Fritsch

3rd Quarter Scoring

Tampa Bay Bandits - Truvillion 3 yard pass from Reaves ( Andrusyshyn Kick )

Houston Gamblers - McNeil 58 yard pass from Kelly ( Fritsch Kick )

Houston Gamblers - Verdin 20 yard pass from Kelly ( Fritsch Kick )

4th Quarter Scoring

Tampa Bay Bandits  - Carter 52 yard pass from Jordan ( Andrusyshyn Kick )

Houston Gamblers - Safety by Lewis on Jordan in the End Zone

Houston Gamblers - 36 yard Field Goal by Fritsch


INDIVIDUAL Statistics

Rushing

Houston Gamblers - Clark 4-16, Harrell 4-13, Kelly 2-9, Dillon 1-3.

Tampa Bay Bandits - Anderson 13-37, Boone 9-41, Blunk 1-9.

Passing

Houston Gamblers - Kelly 19-31-0-261, Dillon 3-10-0-23.

Tampa Bay Bandits - Reaves 18-31-2-225, Jordan 15-31-4-184.

Receiving

Houston Gamblers - Verdin 6-45, Johnson 4-49, Harrell 4-37, Courville 3-52, 
McNeil 2-78, Barousse 2-14, Clark 1-9.

Tampa Bay Bandits - Truvillion 7-82, Carter 4-81, Jackson 4-61, 
Brodsky 4-58, Harvey 4-56, Anderson 3-35, Price 3-21, Boone 3-11, Blunk 1-4.

Missed Field Goals

NONE

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