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Los Angeles 24 at New Jersey 35
1985 Week 3 - Sunday, March 10, 1985
Los Angeles Express(0-2) at New Jersey Generals(1-1)(-3)
Attendance: 58,741, TV: ABC
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.(AP) -- Quarterback Doug Flutie scrambled for three touchdowns, the third on a game-winning 2-yard run late in the fourth quarter Sunday, to rally the New Jersey Generals to a 35-24 victory over the Los Angeles Express in the United States Football League.
Flutie, in his home debut before a record crowd of 58,741, won his duel of multimillion dollar quarterbacks with Steve Young of the Express. The Heisman Trophy winner from Boston College drove the Los Angeles defense to distraction with nine rushes for 97 yards, also scoring on runs of 11 and 8 yards as the Generals raised their record to 2-1, while Los Angeles fell to 0-3.
Flutie, who signed this winter for $7 million, also hit seven of 19 passes for 100 yards.
Trailing 24-14 entering the fourth quarter, Flutie took the Generals on scoring drives of 70 and 78 yards, capping the first with the 11-yard run up the middle and circling right end for the game winner. Kerry Justin iced the game, intercepting a pass from Young and returning it 42 yards for a touchdown with 2:12 left.
March 10, 1985 New Jersey Generals - 35 Los Angeles Express - 24 at Giants Stadium 58,741 Los Angeles 6 3 15 0 -- 24 New Jersey 7 7 0 21 -- 35 1st Qtr ---- LA - Gunn 45 punt return (kick failed) NJ - Walker 5 run (Ruzek kick) 2nd Qtr ---- LA - FG Zendejas 19 NJ - Flutie 8 run (Ruzek kick) 3rd Qtr ---- LA - Warren 1 run (Warren pass from Young) LA - Townsell 8 pass from Young (Zendejas kick) 4th Qtr ---- NJ - Flutie 11 run (Ruzek kick) NJ - Flutie 2 run (Ruzek kick) NJ - Justin 42 interception return (Ruzek kick) TEAM STATS LOS ANGELES NEW JERSEY First Downs 21 16 Rushes-Yards 37-204 28-150 Passing Yards 153 88 Return Yards 168 191 Passes 15-29-2 7-19-0 Sacks By 3-12 7-61 Punts 5-42 7-38 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 2-0 Penalties-Yards 3-30 4-40 Time of Possession 30:20 29:40 INDIVIDUAL STATS RUSHING = Los Angeles: Warren 11-83, Gray 13-37, Boddie 2-25, Young 2-5. New Jersey: Flutie 9-97, Walker 19-70, Carthon 8-29, Partridge 1-8. PASSING = Los Angeles: Young 15-29-2-214. New Jersey: Flutie 7-19-0-100. RECEIVING = Los Angeles: Townsell 8-119, Gunn 3-36, Hudson 2-41, Gray 1-10, Warren 1-8. New Jersey: Collins 2-34, Bowers 2-19, Harmon 1-18, Knight 1-17, Carthon 1-2.
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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn