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Los Angeles 13 at Arizona 27

1985 Week 5 - Saturday, March 23, 1985
Los Angeles Express(1-3)(-1.5) at Arizona Outlaws(2-2)
Attendance: 20,835, TV: ESPN

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Reggie Brown scored two touchdowns and became Arizona's first 100-yard rusher this season with 127 on 16 carries as the Outlaws beat the Los Angeles Express 27-13 in a United States Football League game Saturday night.

The loss was costly for the Express, however, as $40 million quarterback Steve Young suffered strained ligaments in his left knee late in the third quarter. Arizona led 17-3 at halftime and held on, from there to improve its record to 3-2 overall and 3-0 at home before a crowd of just 20,835 at 70,021- seat Sun Devil Stadium.

Los Angeles, now 1-4, has yet to win here in four tries over a three-season span.

The Outlaws opened the scoring 7:44 into the game on Doug Williams' 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Al Williams. A fumbled punt at the Arizona 30-yard line led to a 44-yard field goal by the Express' Tony Zendejas with 8:31 left in the second quarter.

Lonnie Harris atoned for his fumble with a 76-yard kickoff return, preceding rookie Luis Zendejas' 33-yard field goal for a 10-3 Outlaw lead 6:42 before halftime.

Tony Zendejas, who is Luis' cousin, kicked a club-record 49-yard field goal 3:37 later -- set up by linebacker Andy Melontree's interception -- to cut Los Angeles' deficit to 10-6.

Brown's 1-yard plunge with 27 seconds to go gave Arizona an 11-point bulge at the half.

He added a 44-yard touchdown run 44 seconds before the end of the third quarter for a 27-6 lead. Luis Zendejas had booted a 40-yard field goal 9:33 earlier -- the first points allowed by the Express this season in the third period after a 46-0 skein.

Doug Williams wound up with 14 completions in 27 attempts for 153 yards.


Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn

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