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New Jersey 20 at Jacksonville 30
1985 Week 11 - Sunday, May 5, 1985
New Jersey Generals(7-3)(-3) at Jacksonville Bulls(5-5)
Attendance: 60,100, TV: ABC
JACKSONVILLE,FL(AP) - Running back Mike Rozler ran for two touchdowns and the Jacksonville defense shut down quarterback Doug Flutie as the Bulls defeated the New Jersey Generals 30-20 Sunday in a United States Football League game.
A crowd of 60,100 --the largest of the year inthe USFL - watched the game In Jacksonville, matching Rozier, the 1983 Heisman Trophy winner, against Flutie, the 1984 Heisman winner, and New Jersey running back Herschel Walker, the 1982 Heisman winner.
Rozier, in his longest run of the year, broke several tackles on a 23-yard scamper that gave the Bulls their first touchdown with 1:51 left in the first quarter. Then, with 2:17 left in the game, scored on a 1-yard run around right end.
Walker ran for 169 yards on 29 carries. It was his fifth consecutive 100-yard game. Flutie finished with only nine completions in 17 attempts for 148 yards and one touchdown.
Jacksonville tight end Norris Brown broke open the game with 10:30 left in the game when he hauled in a kickoff and ran 82 yards down the right side for the Bulls' first-ever kickoff return for a touchdown. Brown's return gave Jacksonville a 23-20 lead.
Brian Franco kicked field goals of 23 and 38 yards in the second quarter and added a third-period kickoff 36 yards for the Bulls.
The victory gave Jacksonville a 6-5 record. New Jersey, which was tied for the Eastern Division lead coming into the game, dropped to7-4.
May 5, 1985 Jacksonville Bulls - 30 New Jersey Generals - 20 at Gator Bowl 60,100 New Jersey 10 3 0 7 -- 20 Jacksonville 7 6 3 14 -- 30 1st Qtr ---- NJ - FG Ruzek 49 NJ - Bowers 30 pass from Flutie (Ruzek kick) JACK - Rozier 23 run (Franco kick) 2nd Qtr ---- JACK - FG Franco 23 NJ - FG Ruzek 26 JACK - FG Franco 38 3rd Qtr ---- JACK - FG Franco 36 4th Qtr ---- NJ - Carthon 10 run (Ruzek kick) JACK - Brown 82 kickoff return (Franco kick) JACK - Rozier 1 run (Franco kick) TEAM STATS NEW JERSEY JACKSONVILLE First Downs 19 21 Rushes-Yards 40-209 27-98 Passing Yards 119 195 Return Yards 95 176 Passes 9-18-1 20-31-0 Sacks By 2-29 1-5 Punts 3-40 3-37 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0 Penalties-Yards 6-40 4-20 Time of Possession 29:55 30:05 INDIVIDUAL STATS RUSHING = New Jersey: Walker 29-169, Carthon 8-40, Flutie 3-0. Jacksonville: Rozier 22-87, Mason 2-2, Lewis 3-9. PASSING = New Jersey: Flutie 9-17-0-148, Partridge 0-1-1-0. Jacksonville: Luther 20-31-0-200. RECEIVING = New Jersey: Bowers 2-43, Harmon 1-8, Carthon 2-25, Speck 1-10, Walker 1-20, Broughton 2-42. Jacksonville: Kemp 4-45, Keel 4-33, Young 2-23, Matthews 1-9, Alexis 3-26, Mason 2-19, Rozier 3-41, Butts 1-4. MISSED FIELD GOALS = None
Archived news report
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn