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Portland 12 at Los Angeles 17

1985 Week 10 - Saturday, April 27, 1985
Portland Breakers(3-6) at Los Angeles Express(2-7)(-3)
Attendance: 8,410

LOS ANGELES (Wire Services) - Kevin Nelson carried the ball 20 times for 85 yards to lead the Los Angeles Express to a 17-12 victory over the Portland Breakers tonight in what may have been the last game for the Express. The league will meet Monday to decide the fate of the Express, which is in such dire financial straits that the team may disband and not finish the 1985 season.

The Express' attendance, which has been declining steadily all season, rose slightly Saturday -- just slightly -- to 7,188.

Steve Young and Frank Seurer each tossed a touchdown pass Saturday night, to ensure the Express victory.

The Express (3-7), who pulled into a tie with the Breakers for the West Division cellar, marched 79 yards in 14 plays on their first possession to open the game's scoring. Quarterback Steve Young passed to tight end Mike Sherrod for 2 yards and a touchdown with 3:31 remaining in the first quarter.

Portland cut the deficit to 7-3 with 14:55 to play in the second quarter when place-kicker Tim Mazzetti booted a 50-yard field goal.

The Express took the ensuing kickoff and drove 45 yards in seven plays, setting up Tony Zendejas' 52-yard field goal, the longest in team in history.

Express backup QB Frank Seurer directed the other Los Angeles touchdown. The five-play, 83-yard drive was highlighted by Seurer's 71-yard completion to Duane Gunn. It was the Express' longest pass play this season.


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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn

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