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Houston 38 at San Antonio 29


1985 Week 10 - Sunday, April 28, 1985
Houston Gamblers(6-3)(-10) at San Antonio Gunslingers(3-6)
Attendance: 9,723

SAN ANTONIO(Daily Herald) - Jim Kelly threw 4 touchdown passes, two each to Gerald McNeil and Richard Johnson, to lead the Houston Gamblers to a 38-29 victory over the San Antonio Gunslingers Sunday.

Kelly, the leader of the USFL's most prolific passing offense, picked the league's second-best pass defense apart, completing 29 of 40 passes for 282 yards.

Houston also received a record breaking performance from Clarence Verdin, who returned a second-quarter kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown. The league record return, which bested a 97-yard effort by Derrick Crawford of the Memphis Showboats last year, was Verdin's third for a touchdown this year.

Houston opened the game's scoring with a 48-yard field goal by Toni Fritsch in the first quarter.

Highlights




Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
HOU	3      14      21	0   -   38
SA	0      12       0      17   -   29

Scoring

HOU:Fritsch 48 FG - HOU 3, SA 0

HOU:McNeil 21 pass from Kelly(Fritsch kick) - HOU 10, SA 0

SA: Gordon 12 pass from Neuheisel(kick failed) - HOU 10, SA 6

HOU:Verdin 102 kickoff return(Fritsch kick) - HOU 17, SA 6

SA: Gordon 51 pass from Neuheisel(pass failed) - HOU 17, SA 12

HOU:Johnson 3 pass from Kelly(Fritsch kick) - HOU 24, SA 12

HOU:Johnson 13 pass from Kelly(Fritsch kick) - HOU 31, SA 12

HOU:McNeil 69 pass from Kelly(Fritsch kick) - HOU 38, SA 12

SA: Safety, punt blocked out of end zone - HOU 38, SA 14

SA: Roberts 6 pass from Neuheisel(Mike-Mayer kick) - HOU 38, SA 21

SA: Hagen 13 pass from Neuheisel(Neuheisel run) - HOU 38, SA 29

Box Score

                             HOU            SA
First Downs                   21            16    
Rushes-Yards               17-68         11-18
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    47-31-306-3   40-25-344-3
Sacked-Yards Lost            1-7          2-12
Total Plays-Yards         64-374        51-362
Fumbles-Lost                 6-1           2-0
Penalties-Yards           13-103         11-98
Turnovers                      4             3
Time of Possession         29:42         30:18

Attendance = 9,723 

HOUSTON					     SAN ANTONIO
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Kelly        40  29 282  2  4 104.38	     Neuheisel    40  25 356  3  4  93.33
Dillon        7   2  31  1  0  85.12

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Kelly         3  27  9.0  0		     Stamper       5   9  1.8  0
Fowler        8  25  3.3  0 		     Roberts       2   5  2.5  0
Harrell       6  16  2.7  0		     Neuheisel     1   3  3.0  0
				     	     Works         2   1  0.5  0
					     Worthy        1   0  0.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
McNeil        2  90 45.0  2		     Hackett       7 104 14.9  0
Johnson       9  60  6.7  2                  Gordon        3  88 29.3  2
Courville     3  50 16.7  0		     Coffman       3  42 14.0  0
Verdin        5  28  5.6  0		     Hagen         4  36  9.0  1
Harrell       2  23 11.5  0                  Roberts       3  34 11.3  1
Potts         5  21  4.2  0		     Stamper       1  21 21.0  0
Fowler        2  16  8.0  0		     Works         2  20 10.0  0
Barousse      2  16  8.0  0		     Williams      1   6  6.0  0
McGhee        1   9  9.0  0		     Worthy        1   5  5.0  0                 

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Verdin          1 102 102.0 1                Bonner          3  31 10.3  0
Potts           1  22  22.0 0                Works           1  18 18.0  0
					     Hagen           1  12 12.0  0                

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
McNeil          2  20 10.0  0		     None            -  --   --  -                

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Fritsch         1-1  48  5-5   8             Mike-Mayer      0-0  --  1-2   1            
                miss: --                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Walters         1  41 41.0                   Mike-Mayer      3 136 45.3

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Hughes          2  12                        Hanna           1   7                    

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Lewis           1  13 13.0  0		     Minor           1  22 22.0  0
DeAyala         1   4  4.0  0		     Choate          1   7  7.0  0
Bradley         1   1  1.0  0		     Oliver          1   5  5.0  0

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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