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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.

	1	2	3	4	F
POR	7	0	3	7   -   17
DEN	0      10       7      12   -   29

Scoring

POR:Jordan 2 run(Mazzetti kick) - POR 7, DEN 0

DEN:Nease recovered fumble in end zone(Speelman kick) - POR 7, DEN 7

DEN:Speelman 25 FG - DEN 10, POR 7

POR:Mazzetti 33 FG - DEN 10, POR 10

DEN:B.Johnson 14 run(Speelman kick) - DEN 17, POR 10

DEN:K.Johnson 23 pass from Evans(kick blocked) - DEN 23, POR 10

POR:Ross 37 pass from Woodward(Mazzetti kick) - DEN 23, POR 17

DEN:Evans 1 run(run failed) - DEN 29, POR 17

Box Score

                             POR            DEN
First Downs  		      25	     20                 
Rushes-Yards              35-160         22-177
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    44-20-244-3    30-16-228-0
Sacked-Yards Lost            0-0            0-0   
Total Plays-Yards         79-404         52-405
Fumbles-Lost                 1-1            4-2
Penalties-Yards             5-46           6-81
Turnovers                      4              2
Time of Possession         36:21          23:39

Attendance = 17,790 

PORTLAND				     DENVER
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Woodward     44  20 244  3  1  42.23         Evans        30  16 228  0  1  89.31

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Jordan       20 100  5.0  1		     B.Johnson    12 114  9.5  1
Jackson       7  24  3.4  0                  Evans         3  24  8.0  1
Woodward      2  17  8.5  0                  Gerhart       4  23  5.8  0
Ricks         4  12  3.0  0                  White         3  16  5.3  0
V.Williams    1   5  5.0  0
Lockett       1   2  2.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Ross          7 106 15.1  1                  K.Johnson     5  86 17.2  1
Lockett       7  83 11.9  0                  L.Harris      5  72 14.4  0
Hall          3  29  9.7  0                  Lewis         3  56 18.7  0
Franz         2  22 11.0  0                  White         3  14  4.7  0                

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Ricks           2  68 34.0  0                Blinka          1  25 25.0  0
Jackson         1  25 25.0  0                Turner          1  21 21.0  0                

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Hall            2  40 20.0  0		     Martin          1  13 13.0  0                

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Mazzetti        1-2  33  2-2   5             Speelman        1-2  25  2-2   5
                miss: 48                                     miss: 38

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Gossett         2  76 38.0                   Speelman        2  99 49.5

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
None					     None                    

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
None					     M.Miller        1  20 20.0  0
					     N.Miller        1   3  3.0  0
					     Hemphill        1   0  0.0  0

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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