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Oakland 24 at San Antonio 21
1985 Week 13 - Saturday, May 18, 1985
Oakland Invaders(8-3-1) at San Antonio Gunslingers(3-9)
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Hours after losing their head coach, the San Antonio Gunslingers succumbed to a last-half Oakland rally that put the Invaders on top 24-21 in United States Football League action Saturday night.
Gunslingers Coach Jim Bates resigned his post Saturday afternoon for "personal reasons," leaving former head coach Gil Steinke to fill in for him during the game.
Invaders relief quarterback Fred Besana tossed a three-yard scoring pass to Mike Shumann with less than three minutes left to rally his team to its victory over the hapless Gunslingers.
"My reasons for leaving are personal," Bates, who assumed the head coaching position this season, said in a statement. "I wish the Gunsllnger organization all the best of luck."
Former head coach Gil Steinke, who was promoted to the team's director of football operations after last season, was to coach the United States Football League team Saturday night, according to team spokesman Greg Singleton.
Besana replaced starting quarterback Bobby Hebert with about 10 minutes left in the game and directed the Invaders on an 11-play, 43-yard scoring drive, including a key 19-yard pass to wide receiver Anthony Carter.
Oakland's Western Divisionleading record jumped to 9-3-1 with the victory, while San Antonio dropped to 3-10.
San Antonio quarterback Rick Neuheisel threw two touchdown passes and ran for one to keep the Gunslingers out in front for most of the game.
Saturday, May 18, 1985 Oakland Invaders 24 @ San Antonio Gunslingers 21 Stadium : Alamo Stadium, San Antonio, TX. Attendance: 7,118 Oakland San Antonio First Downs 14 20 Rushes - Yards 19-53 28-105 Passing Yards 174 239 Return Yards 113 108 Passes 13-25-1 17-29-0 Sacks by 3-18 1-8 Punts 3-49 2-32 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-2 Penalties-Yards 10-70 10-68 Time of Possession 24:06 35:54 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total Oakland 7 0 10 7 - 24 San Antonio 7 7 7 0 - 21 1st Quarter Scoring Oakland Invaders - Smith 9 yard fumble return for a TD ( Bojovic Kick ) San Antonio Gunslingers - Hackett 5 yard pass from Neuheisel ( Mike-Mayer Kick ) 2nd Quarter Scoring San Antonio Gunslingers - Roberts 19 yard pass from Neuheisel ( Mike-Mayer Kick ) 3rd Quarter Scoring Oakland Invaders - 28 yard Field Goal by Bojovic San Antonio Gunslingers - Neuheisel 6 yard run ( Mike-Mayer Kick ) Oakland Invaders - Carter 24 yard pass from Hebert ( Bojovic Kick ) 4th Quarter Scoring Oakland Invaders - Shumann 3 yard pass from Besana ( Bojovic Kick ) INDIVIDUAL Statistics Rushing Oakland Invaders - J. Williams 10-37, Bentley 6-9, Newton 2-6, Jordan 1-1. San Antonio Gunslingers - Works 12-42, Stamper 7-22, Neuheisel 5-33, Roberts 2-4, Hagen 2-4. Passing Oakland Invaders - Hebert 11-21-160-1, Besana 2-4-22-0. San Antonio Gunslingers - Neuheisel 17-28-257-0, Works 0-1-0-0. Receiving Oakland Invaders - Carter 4-69, Banks 3-57, Shumann 3-30, Holloway 2-23, J. Williams 1-3. San Antonio Gunslingers - Gordon 4-81, Roberts 3-92, Coffman 2-28, Stamper 2-12, Hackett 2-17, Works 2-4, Lockett 1-13, Hagen 1-1. Missed Field Goals Oakland Invaders - Bojovic 38 yard Field Goal San Antonio Gunsliners - Mike-Mayer 41 and 52 yard Field Goal
Archived news report
Archived news report
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn