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Denver 17 at Houston 36


1985 Week 4 - Monday, March 18, 1985
Denver Gold(2-1) at Houston Gamblers(3-0)(-14)
Attendance: 33,747, TV: ESPN

HOUSTON (AP) - Denver Gold Coach Mouse Davis finally got a chance to look into the teeth of the run-and-shoot monster he created with the Houston Gamblers a year ago. And it bit him.

The Gamblers, paced by four touchdown passes from quarterback Jim Kelly and three field goals by Toni Fritsch, blasted Davis' Gold 36-17 Monday night in a United States Football League game with the offense Davis created last season as the Gamblers' offensive coordinator.

"Mouse is just like any other coach we play against but it was sure good to beat him," Kelly said after completing 32 of 61 passes for 433 yards. "After the game he (Davis) said he couldn't believe how much punishment I could take, but he said he knew that I was a hard-nosed player."

The Gamblers fell behind 17-13 in the third quarter before Kelly and the Gamblers rallied to their fourth straight victory. The Gold dropped to 2-2. "We did what we've been doing all year, keeping our poise and fighting back," Kelly said.

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	1	2	3	4	F
DEN	0      14	3	0   -   17
HOU	7       6      10      13   -   36

Scoring

HOU:Johnson 4 pass from Kelly(Fritsch kick) - HOU 7, DEN 0

DEN:B.Johnson 26 run(Speelman kick) - HOU 7, DEN 7

HOU:Fritsch 27 FG - HOU 10, DEN 7

HOU:Fritsch 42 FG - HOU 13, DEN 7

DEN:Lewis 8 pass from Evans(Speelman kick) - DEN 14, HOU 13

DEN:Speelman 27 FG - DEN 17, HOU 13

HOU:Fritsch 40 FG - DEN 17, HOU 16

HOU:McNeil 40 pass from Kelly(Fritsch kick) - HOU 23, DEN 17

HOU:Courville 10 pass from Kelly(pass failed) - HOU 29, DEN 17

HOU:Verdin 9 pass from Kelly(Fritsch kick) - HOU 36, DEN 17

Box Score

                             DEN            HOU
First Downs                   16             23  
Rushes-Yards              16-102          11-67
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    42-21-203-5    68-36-442-3
Sacked-Yards Lost           6-44           3-21
Total Plays-Yards         58-305         79-509
Fumbles-Lost                 3-1            0-0
Penalties-Yards            11-95          11-57
Turnovers                      6              3
Time of Possession         24:54          35:06           

Attendance = 33,747

DENVER					     HOUSTON
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Evans        36  17 203  4  1  34.61         Kelly        61  32 433  3  4  76.74
Gagliano      6   4  44  1  0  48.61	     Dillon        7   4  30  0  0  67.56

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
B.Johnson    10  70  7.0  1		     Clark         5  28  5.6  0
Evans         5  23  4.6  0                  Harrell       3  16  5.3  0
White         1   9  9.0  0		     Kelly         2  13  6.5  0
					     Johnson	   1  10 10.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Lewis         9 130 14.4  1                  McNeil        5 142 28.4  1
K.Johnson     3  45 15.0  0                  Verdin        8 111 13.8  1
Turner        3  28  9.3  0                  Courville     5  84 16.8  1
Harris        3  18  6.0  0                  Johnson       6  48  8.0  1
White         1  10 10.0  0                  Clark         4  31  7.8  0
Gerhart       1  10 10.0  0                  Barousse      3  28  9.3  0
Stegall       1   6  6.0  0		     McGhee        3  24  8.0  0
					     Harrell       2  15  7.5  0              

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
L.Turner        2  35 17.0  0 		     Verdin          1  64 64.0  0
Calip           3  30 10.0  0		     Courville       1  28 28.0  0
T.Johnson       1  20 20.0  0		     Eason           1  18 18.0  0                

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Martin          2  33 16.5  0		     McNeil          3  20  6.7  0
White           1   0  1.0  0                

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Speelman        1-2  27  2-2   5             Fritsch         3-3  42  3-3  12
                miss: 31                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Speelman        6 199 33.2                   Walters         4 160 40.0

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Ogrin           1   9			     Hughes          2  17
C.Turner        1   7                        Lewis           1  11
Carswell        1   5                        Holyfield       1   8
					     Taylor          1   7
					     DeAyala         1   1                    

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Delaney         3  77 25.7  0		     Mitchell        2  29 14.5  0
					     Bradley         2  11  5.5  0
					     DeVaughn        1  31 31.0  0

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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