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Portland 17 at Denver 29

1985 Week 3 - Sunday, March 10, 1985
Portland Breakers(1-1) at Denver Gold(1-1)(-6.5)
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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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn

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