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Arizona 22 at Washington 21

1983 Week 6 - Monday, April 11, 1983
Attendance: 13,936, TV: ESPN


WASHINGTON (UPI) - It hasn't been long since Alan Risher was quarterbacking Louisiana Stale, but he feels he's come a long way in a short time, with more to travel.

Risher passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns Monday night to help the Arizona Wranglers nip the Washington Federals, 22-21.

Risher and fellow rookie wide receiver Jackie Flowers combined on a USFL-record 98-yard touchdown pass as well as a 2-yard scoring toss and Risher added a 79-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Murray. Jim Asmus added a 49-yard field goal for the Wranglers, 3-3.

Joe Gilliam, playing his first pro game in seven years, threw 22 and 17-yard touchdown passes to Joey Walters. and James Mayberry scored on a 2-yard run for the Federals, 1-5.

Gilliam hit 11-of-31 passes for 203 yards, but threw four interceptions. He was kicked in the back and pulled a hamstring muscle in his left leg on the first TD pass to Walters, with 0:53 left in the first half, and played the rest of the game limping badly.

Risher, who hit 16-of-30 passes for 310 yards, found Flowers eight times for 179 yards and was intercepted twice.

"Every week I feel more comfortable." said Risher. "Working against a four-man front (defense) has been a big adjustment because we saw mostly five-man fronts in college."

Arizona rallied from a 21-13 halftime deficit, starting with Asmus' field goal with 6:26 left in the third quarter. Moments later, Washington had a first down at the Arizona 1. But the Wranglers stopped the Federals and took over possession.

After gaining a yard on first down, Risher hit Flowers at midfield. Risher had slipped to one knee in the end zone, but arose to throw the record pass.

Murray took Risher's short toss 79 yards for a touchdown on the Wranglers' second play of the game.

Monday, April 11, 1983 at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
Attendance: 13,936


1Q
2Q
3Q
4Q
Final
Arizona
7
6
3
6
22
WASHINGTON 7
14
0
0
21
AZ Muurray 79 yd pass from Risher (Asmus kick)
WAS Mayberry 2 yd run (Olson kick)
WAS Walters 22 yd pass from Gilliam (Olson kick)
AZ Flowers 2 yd pass from Risher (run failed)
WAS Walters 17 yd pass from Gilliam (Olson kick)
AZ Asmus 49 yd FG
AZ Flowers 98 yd pass from Risher (pass failed)



TEAM STATISTICS
AZ
WAS
First Downs............................................
17
16
Total Net Yards...................................... 400 304
Total Yds Rushing...................................
114
109
Total Yds Passing...................................
286
195
Pass Att - Comp - Int.............................
31 - 16 - 3
31 - 11 - 4
Off Plays - Avg.......................................
63 - 6.3
68 - 4.5
Punts - Avg.............................................
6 - 34.0
6 - 37.7
Returns - Yds..........................................
11 - 112
10 - 208
Penalties - Yds........................................
9 - 55
3 - 10
Fumbles - Lost........................................
1 - 0
2 - 0
Time of Possession..................................
27:57
32:03


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing AZ Murray 14-70; Howell 9-27; Risher 6-17
WAS Taylor 21-75; Mayberry 12-32; Robinson 2-7; Gilliam 1-(-5)
Passing AZ Risher 30-16-2-310
WAS Gilliam 31-11-4-203
Receiving AZ Murray 3-83; Denfeld 1-5; Flowers 8-179; Balholm 4-43
WAS Walters 5-117; Taylor 3-23; Holmes 1-13; Diggs 1-8; M. Harris 1-42

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