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Houston 15 at Memphis 17


1985 Week 12 - Sunday, May 12, 1985
Houston Gamblers(8-3)(-4.5) at Memphis Showboats(6-5)
Attendance: 27,325, TV: ABC

MEMPHIS, TN - Quarterback Mike Kelley ran for two first-half touchdowns and Alan Duncan added a 27-yard field goal as Memphis collected a 17-15 victory over Houston.

The Gamblers, now 8-4. were threatening even as time ran out at the Liberty Bowl. Houston managed to move the ball down to the Memphis 30 in less than two minutes.

The Memphis defense, as it had done all afternoon, knocked down two of Houston quarterback Jim Kelly's passes to slow the drive and use up valuable seconds.

Kelly connected on his final pass of the game to running back Todd Fowler, but he picked up only four yards on the play and that left the Gamblers two points short of a victory.

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Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
HOU	0	6	3	6   -   15
MEM	7       7       0       3   -   17

Scoring

MEM:Kelley 4 run(Duncan kick) - MEM 7, HOU 0

HOU:Fritsch 32 FG - MEM 7, HOU 3

HOU:Fritsch 42 FG - MEM 7, HOU 6

MEM:Kelley 3 run(Duncan kick) - MEM 14, HOU 6

HOU:Fritsch 22 FG - MEM 14, HOU 9

MEM:Duncan 27 FG - MEM 17, HOU 9

HOU:Sanders 43 pass from Kelly(pass failed) - MEM 17, HOU 15

Box Score

                             HOU            MEM
First Downs          	      23	     15         
Rushes-Yards               13-42         30-132
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    51-34-273-2    20-12-164-1
Sacked-Yards Lost           4-21            1-8
Total Plays-Yards         64-315         50-296
Fumbles-Lost                 3-1            3-2
Penalties-Yards            11-60         14-133
Turnovers                      3              3
Time of Possession         32:32          27:28

Attendance = 27,325 

HOUSTON					     MEMPHIS
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Kelly        51  34 295  2  1  71.94         Kelley       20  12 174  1  0  67.50 

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Harrell       5  17  3.4  0                  Spencer      13  69  5.3  0
Kelly         2  13  6.5  0                  Kelley        5  22  4.4  2
Fowler        6  12  2.0  0                  Williams      4  16  4.0  0
					     Porter        3  16  5.3  0
					     Sydney        2   6  3.0  0
					     Parker        3   3  1.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Sanders      11 111 10.1  1		     Crawford      5  86 17.2  0
Johnson       8  70  8.8  0                  Moser         3  35 11.7  0
Verdin        4  37  9.3  0                  Heflin        1  32 32.0  0
Harrell       5  29  5.8  0                  Shirk         1   9  9.0  0
Fowler        3  26  8.7  0		     Parker        1   6  6.0  0
McNeil        3  22  7.3  0		     Sydney        1   6  6.0  0                 

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Verdin          2  27 13.5  0		     H.Williams      5 114 22.8  0
Courville       1  22 22.0  0                

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
McNeil          5  34  6.8  0                H.Williams      2  7   3.5  0                

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Fritsch         3-4  42  0-0   9             Duncan          1-1  27  2-2   5            
                miss: 37                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Walters         2  70 35.0                   Grupp           5 194 38.8

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Catan           1   8                        White           1   9
M.Hawkins       1   2                        Corker          1   5
					     Clark           1   3
                                             Clancy         0.5  2
                                             Cokeley        0.5  2                    

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Roquemore       1   0  0.0  0                Cade            1   0  0.0  0
					     Cokeley         1   0  0.0  0

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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