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Jacksonville 21 at Arizona 41
1985 Week 3 - Monday, March 11, 1985
Jacksonville Bulls(1-1) at Arizona Outlaws(1-1)(-4)
Attendance: 13,025, TV: ESPN
TEMPE, AZ (AP) - Doug Williams threw three touchdown passes and Reggie Brown scored three times on short runs as the Arizona Outlaws defeated the Jacksonville Bulls 41-21 in a United States Football League game Monday night.
Leading 13-7 at halftime, Arizona turned a fumble recovery and a controversial reception into 14 quick points which sealed its second win in three games.
Jacksonville fell to 1-2 before a crowd of only 13,025 at 70,021-seat Sun Devil Stadium. There were 7,514 announced no-shows with the game televised both locally and nationally on cable.
Although TV replays disputed wide receiver Greg Anderson's 47-yard reception to the Bulls' 17 early in the third quarter, the officials let it stand.
Williams then fired a 4-yard strike to tight end Ron Wheeler and a two-point conversion pass to Brown for a 21-7 lead with 10:49 left in the third period. Outlaws defensive tackle Kit Lathrop recovered a fumble at the Jacksonville 27-yard line 37 seconds later and Brown made it 27-7 on a 1-yard run with 6:56 remaining.
A 12-yard touchdown pass from Buck Belue to wide receiver Aubrey Matthews narrowed the Bulls' deficit to 27-14 with 24 seconds left in the third period. But Brown's 16-yard run 3:05 into the final quarter and 1-yard burst 3:46 later -- set up by linebacker Ed Smith's interception--made it 41-14.
Matthews' third touchdown of the night -- a 9-yard toss from Bulls' backup quarterback Robbie Mahfouz --closed out the scoring with 5:29 to go in the game.
Williams finished with 14 completions in 21 attempts for 190 yards while Belue was 20-of-35 for 156 yards.
Outlaws' heralded rookie place-kicker Luis Zendejas missed two extra-points plus a 25-yard field goal.
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn