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San Antonio 20 at Orlando 21
1985 Week 12 - Monday, May 13, 1985
San Antonio Gunslingers(3-8) at Orlando Renegades(2-9)(-2.5)
Attendance: 22,404, TV: ESPN
ORLANDO. Fla. (UPI) - A battle between USFL paupers Monday night saw the San Antonio Gunslingers blow two extra-point attempts in dropping a tense 21-20 decision to the Orlando Renegades.
Both clubs now have 3-9 records.
Orlando's 21-6 halftime bulge shrank after two third-quarter touchdown drives, but the Gunslingers were betrayed by their inability to convert perhaps the most automatic play in pro football.
Orlando cornerback Elbert Gray got a piece of the ball on Nick Mike-Mayer's errant second-quarter kick, and a bad snap following San Antonio's third TD left the Gunslingers a point short.
"All week long, our coaches have drilled us on how their snappers tip their hand on kick attempts," said Gray. "This time he (Joe Silipo) dropped his head just like on film and I got a great break on the snap. The win feels great. It feels like being tied up for four weeks and finally getting out to see the sun shine."
Silipo later injured his right hand, and center Rich Garza snapped the ball short to holder Rick Neuheisel late in the third quarter as the Gunslingers lost a chance to tie the score.
"I just choked," said Garza.
"Unbelievable, it's just unbelievable," moaned San Antonio Coach Jim Bates. "The snaps were just not there."
An estimated crowd of 15,000 watched the Renegades end a three game losing streak and extend San Antonio's losing skein to five. San Antonio's last chance dissolved when the Gunslingers bypassed a 55-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds and Neuheisel's fourth and-16 pass fell incomplete.
Renegade Reggie Collier, who completed 16-of-28 passes for 248 yards, was intercepted three times in the opening half but also had TD passes of 50 yards to Jerry Parrish and 45 yards to Jackie Flowers. Collier's 4-yard scoring run,,just 24 seconds before the half, gave Orlando a 21-6 advantage.
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn