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Orlando 31 at Jacksonville 34 OT

1985 Week 5 - Thursday, March 21, 1985
Attendance: 31,883, TV: ESPN


Mike Rozier scores in the fourth, and Brian Franco wins it in OT.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Five yards and a cloud of dust. That's what Jacksonville running back Mike Rozier did on his average run as the Bulls slipped by the winless Orlando Renegades 34- 31 in overtime.

"I really had fun out there tonight," said Rozier, whose 199 yards rushing Thursday night bettered the Bulls' previous single game record by 102.

"This is a passing offense, but we ran this time," said Rozier, who averaged 5.5 yards per carry on 38 rushes.

Rozier, who ran for three touchdowns and scored another on a 5- yard pass reception, also broke the Bulls' single-game touchdown record of two.

The Bulls acquired Rozier, the 1983 Heisman Trophy winner while at Nebraska, early this year from the now-defunct Pittsburgh Maulers.

"Mike Rozier had a great night. He showed tonight why he won the Heisman Trophy. We did a good job establishing the run, and Mike carried the offense," said Bulls Coach Lindy Infante.

Another hero of the game was kicker Brian Franco, who drilled a 29-yard field goal with 9:17 gone in overtime to give the Bulls their second victory in five games this season.

"I was happy for Brian that he had a chance to kick again," said Infante. Franco had missed a 31-yard field goal attempt with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter that would have won the game.

Reggie Collier, in his first start at quarterback for Orlando, also ran for four touchdowns, including a 36-yard romp for a score early in the fourth quarter. Collier rushed 18 times for 171 yards and was 14 of 27 passing for 187 yards. Collier's 15-yard romp with 55 seconds remaining in the game tied it at 31-31, setting up the overtime.


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