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Portland 17 at Denver 29

1985 Week 3 - Sunday, March 10, 1985
Attendance: 17,870

DENVER(AP) Vince Evans threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the fourth quarter to lead the Denver Gold to a 29-17 victory over the Portland Breakers.

Evans scored with less than two minutes to go on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to provide the Gold with the cushion needed to bring the team's record to 2-1.

The game was played before a sparse crowd of 17,790, which was well below the expectations of the Gold ownership and even below 19,000 the number of season tickets reportedly sold.

Evans, acquired specifically to run the pass-happy Davis offense, hit Kelley Johnson with a 27-yard scoring strike early in the fourth quarter to give the Gold a 23-10 lead. But the Breakers kept their hand in the game by blocking Brian Speelman's extra point attempt, then scoring on the next series to close the gap to 23-17.

Tight end Dan Ross made a sensational catch of Doug Woodward's pass for a 37-yard touchdown. But any chance of coming back was snuffed when Denver linebacker Stan Blinka made a diving interception off a Woodward pass and Evans moved the Gold to the clinching score.

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