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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.

Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
POR	0	3	9	0   -   12
LA	7       7       3       0   -   17

Scoring

LA: Sherrod 2 pass from Young(Zendejas kick) - LA 7, POR 0

POR:Mazzetti 50 FG - LA 7, POR 3

LA: Townsell 8 pass from Seurer(Zendejas kick) - LA 14, POR 3

POR:Jackson 2 pass from Woodward(kick failed) - LA 14, POR 9

LA: Zendejas 52 FG - LA 17, POR 9

POR:Mazzetti 41 FG - LA 17, POR 12

Box Score

                             POR            LA
First Downs                   13            14    
Rushes-Yards               19-67        38-199
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    30-12-110-2   17-10-150-1
Sacked-Yards Lost           5-38          4-20
Total Plays-Yards         49-177        55-349
Fumbles-Lost                 0-0           2-1
Penalties-Yards             5-40          7-68
Turnovers                      2             2
Time of Possession         26:56         33:04

Attendance = 7,188 

PORTLAND				     LOS ANGELES
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Woodward     29  12 148  1  1  54.96	     Young        15   8  91  1  1  66.25
Gossett       1   0   0  0  0   --           Seurer        2   2  79  0  1 158.33

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Jordan        9  30  3.3  0		     Nelson       20  85  4.3  0
Woodward      3  19  6.3  0                  Gray          8  52  6.5  0
V.Williams    4  17  4.3  0		     Young         7  46  6.6  0
Jackson       3   1  0.3  0		     Warren        3  16  5.3  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Franz         2  35 17.5  0		     Gunn          2  83 41.5  0
Lockett       2  33 16.5  0 		     Hudson        3  29  9.7  0
Bayle         1  23 23.0  0		     Hersey        1  26 26.0  0
Jackson       3  21  7.0  1                  Townsell      2  17  8.5  1
Ross          2  16  8.0  0		     Nelson        1  13 13.0  0
Jordan        1  11 11.0  0		     Sherrod       1   2  2.0  1
Ricks         1   9  9.0  0               

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Jackson         2  72 36.0  0		     Nelson          3  51 17.0  0
Ricks           1  21 21.0  0		     Gray            1  27 27.0  0                

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Hall            2  20 10.0  0	 	     Gunn            4  30  7.5  0                

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Mazzetti        2-2  50  0-1   6             Zendejas        1-1  52  2-2   5            
                miss: --                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Gossett         5 206 41.2                   Partridge       3 109 36.3

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Hughes          2  10                        Weaver          3  28
Merrell         1  10                        Howard          1   9
Adams           1   0			     Jenkins         1   1                       

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Miller          1  16 16.0  0		     Haines          1  22 22.0  0
					     Patillo         1   0  0.0  0

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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