We are in the process of preserving USFL video. More than three-and-a-half decades have passed since the USFL last played football, and video of its games is in more danger every day of being lost or destroyed. If you have any video, including partial or complete games, coaches film, highlights, news footage, coaches shows or anything else, please contact us.

Check out the searchable USFL stats from the Stats Crew.

Order the book, The United States Football League, 1982–1986.

« Previous Game Houston Next Game »
« Previous Game Arizona Next Game »

Houston 33 at Arizona 17


1985 Week 9 - Sunday, April 21, 1985
Houston Gamblers(5-3) at Arizona Outlaws(4-4)(NL)
Attendance: 16,640, TV: ABC

TEMPE, AZ (AP) -The Houston Gamblers broke a three-game losing streak by putting the run back into their "Run and Shoot" offense.

Houston rushed for a season high 131 yards on 18 carries, including Sam Harrell's 17-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and Jim Kelly threw two touchdown passes to Scott McGhee in the second half for a 33-17 victory over the Arizona Outlaws Sunday night.

"It helped to have our running backs healthy again," Kelly said. "If we execute like we're supposed to, this is what can happen."

The triumph gave the Gamblers a 6-3 record and tied them with Denver for first place in the United States Football League's Western Conference.

Kelly, the league's Most Valuable Player as a rookie last year after throwing for 44 touchdowns, completed 22 of 34 passes for 238 yards against Arizona. He now has 3,128 yards and 26 TD passes in nine games.

Highlights




Highlights




Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
HOU	7	3      13      10   -   33
AZ	0      14       3       0   -   17

Scoring

HOU:Harrell 17 run(Fritsch kick) - HOU 7, AZ 0

AZ: D.Williams 1 run(Zendejas kick) - HOU 7, AZ 7

AZ: Long 12 pass from D.Williams(Zendejas kick) - AZ 14, HOU 7

HOU:Fritsch 32 FG - AZ 14, HOU 10

HOU:Verdin 95 kickoff return(Fritsch kick) - HOU 17, AZ 14

AZ:Zendejas 34 FG - HOU 17, AZ 17

HOU:McGhee 10 pass from Kelly(kick failed) - HOU 23, AZ 17

HOU:McGhee 3 pass from Kelly(Fritsch kick) - HOU 30, AZ 17

HOU:Fritsch 24 FG - HOU 33, AZ 17

Box Score

                             HOU            AZ
First Downs                   18            18          
Rushes-Yards              18-131        26-121
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    34-22-223-0   38-20-288-2
Sacked-Yards Lost           2-15           1-1
Total Plays-Yards         52-354        64-409
Fumbles-Lost                 0-0           3-2
Penalties-Yards             4-23          5-27
Turnovers                      0             4
Time of Possession         25:24         34:36

Attendance = 16,640 

HOUSTON					     ARIZONA
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Kelly        34  22 238  0  2 104.78	     D.Williams   38  29 293  2  1  84.65

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Fowler       14  87  6.2  0		     Long         12  44  3.7  0
Harrell       4  44 11.0  1                  Brown         9  30  3.3  0
					     Clark         2  23 11.5  0
					     Boatner       1  20 20.0  0
					     D.Williams    2   4  2.0  1

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Johnson       3  60 20.0  0		     Boatner       5  83 16.6  0
Harrell       7  59  8.4  0		     A.Williams    3  73 24.3  0
Verdin        4  35  8.8  0		     Clark         3  42 14.0  0
McGhee        3  33 11.0  2		     Anderson      3  29  9.7  0
Barousse      2  31 15.5  0		     Long          3  27  9.0  1
Fowler        3  21  7.0  0		     Mistler       2  24 12.0  0
					     Wheeler       1  15 15.0  0                

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Verdin          2 113 56.5  1		     Harris          4  69 17.3  0
Eason           1  12 12.0  0		     O.Brown         2  44 22.0  0
					     A.Allen         1  17 17.0  0               

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
McNeil          2  18  9.0  0		     Harris          2   6  3.0  0                

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Fritsch         2-2  32  3-4   9	     Zendejas        1-2  34  2-2   5            
                miss: --                                     miss: 33

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Walters         3 137 45.7                   deBruijn        2  78 39.0

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Crosby          1   1                        Taylor          1   8
					     Tipton          1   7

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
DeAyala         1  19 19.0  0		     None            -  --   --  -
Bradley         1   0  0.0  0

Archived news report
Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


Back to 1985 season results

« Previous Game Houston Next Game »
« Previous Game Arizona Next Game »