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Houston 42 at Oakland 7


1985 Week 3 - Sunday, March 10, 1985
Houston Gamblers(2-0)(-2) at Oakland Invaders(1-0-1)
Attendance: 16,037

OAKLAND(AP) -- Houston quarterback Jim Kelly continued his torrid passing assault in the USFL by throwing four touchdown passes as the Gamblers rolled over the Oakland Invaders 42-7.

Kelly completed 29 of 40 passes for 404 yards as Western Conference-leading Houston improved to 3-0 with its 10th straight victory over two seasons. Kelly has now thrown for 13 touchdowns and 1,239 yards inthe Gamblers' three victories this year. Oakland slipped to 1-1-1 in the Western Conference before a crowd of 16,037 on a rainy day.

Kelly wasted no time in putting the Gamblers ahead, throwing two scoring passes in the first five minutes of the game. He hit Richard Johnson with a 34-yard pass and then found Clarence Verdin on a 74-yard TD play.

Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
HOU    14	7	7      14   -   42
OAK	7       0       0       0   -   7

Scoring

HOU:Johnson 34 pass from Kelly(Fritsch kick) - HOU 7, OAK 0

HOU:Verdin 74 pass from Kelly(Fritsch kick) - HOU 14, OAK 0 

OAK:A.Bentley 6 run(Bojovic kick) - HOU 14, OAK 7

HOU:A.Hawkins interception return(Fritsch kick) - HOU 21, OAK 7

HOU:McGhee 8 pass from Kelly(Fritsch kick) - HOU 28, OAK 7

HOU:Verdin 23 pass from Kelly(Fritsch kick) - HOU 35, OAK 7

HOU:Potts 6 pass from Dillon(Fritsch kick) - HOU 42, OAK 7

Box Score

                             HOU            OAK
Rushes-Yards                5-33         34-173  
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    43-31-393-0    33-13-131-4
Sacked-Yards Lost           3-19           2-20
Total Plays-Yards         48-426         67-304
Fumbles-Lost                 0-0            2-0       
Penalties-Yards             5-49           6-68
Turnovers                      0              4
Time of Possession         23:01          36:59

Attendance = 16,037 

HOUSTON					     OAKLAND
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Kelly        40  29 404  0  4 137.92         Besana       18   8  82  3  0  18.52
Dillon        3   2   8  0  1 109.72         Hebert       15   5  69  1  0  21.25 

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Verdin        1  14 14.0  0                  A.Bentley    10  77  7.7  1
Kidd          1  13 13.0  0                  J.Williams    9  44  4.9  0
Clark         3   6  2.0  0		     Besana        2  19  9.5  0
					     Newton        6  15  2.5  0
					     Jordan        5   8  1.6  0
					     Hebert        1   8  8.0  0
					     Faulkner      1   2  2.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Verdin       10 167 16.7  2                  Carter        4  62  15.5 0
Johnson       8 102 12.8  1                  Banks         4  47  11.8 0
McGhee        4  79 19.8  1                  Newton        3  26   8.7 0
McNeil        2  31 15.5  0                  A.Bentley     2  16   8.0 0
Clark         4  21  5.3  0         
Potts         1   6  6.0  1
Kelly         1   3  3.0  0
Barousse      1   2  2.0  0              

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
McGhee          1  33 33.0  0                A.Bentley       3  65 21.7  0   
Young           1  10 10.0  0                Faulkner        1  25 25.0  0
					     McClanahan      1  10 10.0  0
					     Plummer         1  10 10.0  0
					     Snipes          1  10 10.0  0

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
McNeil          4  21  5.3  0                Banks           1  13 13.0  0
					     Faulkner        1   8  8.0  0              

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Fritsch         0-1  --  6-6   6             Bojovic         0-0  --  1-1   1
                miss: 33                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Walters         6 237 39.5 		     Talley          7 292 41.7

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Hughes          1  11			     Greenwood       1   6
Holyfield       1   9                        Lucas           1   4
					     Bethea          1   0                    

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Eason           1  38 38.0  0		     None
A.Hawkins       1  13 13.0  1		     
M.Hawkins       1  11 11.0  0
Bradley         1  10 10.0  0
Simpson         0  14  --   0
Lewis           0   3  --   0

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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