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Tampa Bay 24 at New Jersey 28
1985 Week 5 - Sunday, March 24, 1985
Tampa Bay Bandits(3-1) at New Jersey Generals(2-2)(-1.5)
Attendance: 41,079, TV: ABC
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ(AP) -- Herschel Walker scored the winning touchdown with 24 seconds left and Doug Flutie passed for two touchdowns as the New Jersey Generals rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth period to beat the Tampa Bay Bandits 28-24 Sunday in the United States Football League.
Flutie started the comeback when, with 5:05 remaining, he capped a 62-yard drive by scrambling away from three tacklers and firing a 7-yard scoring pass to Walter Broughton. Then, with 24 seconds left, Walker took a pitchout and raced 13 yards around the right end for the winning touchdown. The Generals are 3-2.
Tampa Bay, also 3-2, had rallied from a 14-7 halftime deficit. The Bandits tied it 2:13 into the third period when Fred Nordgren sacked Flutie, causing a fumble which was picked up by defensive back Bruce Vaughan, who ran 3 yards for a touchdown.
The Bandits went ahead 21-14 on the first play of the fourth quarter when quarterback John Reaves combined with Eric Truvlllion on a 64-yard touchdown play. A 20-yard field goal by Zenon Andrusyshyn with 9:47 left widened the Bandits lead to 24-14.
Flutie was 11 for 22 passing attempts for 165 yards while Walker rushed for 109 yards in 24 carries. Reaves completed 20 of 39 attempts for 410 yards.
March 24, 1985 New Jersey Generals - 28 Tampa Bay Bandits - 24 at Giants Stadium 41,079 Tampa Bay 0 7 7 10 -- 24 New Jersey 7 7 0 14 -- 28 1st Qtr ---- NJ - Carthon 1 run (Ruzek kick) 2nd Qtr ---- TB - Anderson 2 run (Andrusyshyn kick) NJ - Broughton 33 pass from Flutie (Ruzek kick) 3rd Qtr ---- TB - Vaughn 3 run with fumble (Andrusyshyn kick) 4th Qtr ---- TB - Truvillion 64 pass from Reaves (Andrusyshyn kick) TB - FG Andrusyshyn 20 NJ - Broughton 7 pass from Flutie (Ruzek kick) NJ - Walker 13 run (Ruzek kick) TEAM STATS TAMPA BAY NEW JERSEY First Downs 19 19 Rushes-Yards 24-56 46-179 Passing Yards 389 153 Return Yards 88 109 Passes 20-39-1 11-22-1 Sacks By 3-21 3-12 Punts 5-38.4 7-37.6 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 5-2 Penalties-Yards 4-40 4-30 Time of Possession 28:20 31:40 INDIVIDUAL STATS RUSHING = Tampa Bay: G.Anderson 14-28, Boone 9-26, R.Williams 1-2. New Jersey: Walker 24-109, Flutie 8-42, Carthon 14-28. PASSING = Tampa Bay: Reaves 20-39-410. New Jersey: Flutie 11-22-165. RECEIVING = Tampa Bay: Harvey 6-110, Truvillion 5-107, Jackson 4-88, Brodsky 2-26, G.Anderson 2-6, S.Carter 1-73. New Jersey: Broughton 4-58, Walker 3-23, Bowers 1-34, Collins 1-20, Knight 1-17, Carthon 1-13. MISSED FIELD GOALS = Tampa Bay: Andrushyshyn 36, 31.
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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn