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New Jersey 24 at Denver 28
1985 Week 13 - Sunday, May 19, 1985
New Jersey Generals(8-4) at Denver Gold(8-4)
Attendance: 29,129, TV: ABC
DENVER(AP) - Bill Johnson ran for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with six minutes remaining Sunday, to lead the Denver Gold over the New Jersey Generals 28-24.
Johnson ran for 98 yards, giving him 1,063 this season. He is the USFL's second-leading rusher.
The league's leading runner, Herschel Walker, gained 142 yards. Walker, who was almost 500 yards ahead of Johnson entering the game, cracked the 100-yard mark for the seventh straight time.
Johnson smashed over from the 1 to cap a 13-play, 80-yard drive that put the Gold ahead for good. Walker had put the 8-5 Generals in front with a one-yard dive earlier in the fourth quarter.
The Gold, 9-4, did a good job of containing New Jersey quarterback Doug Flutie after the Generals' first play of the game. Flutie connected with Walker on a 68-yard TD pass to open the game.
May 19, 1985 Denver Gold - 28 New Jersey Generals - 24 at Mile High Stadium 29,139 New Jersey 10 0 7 7 -- 24 Denver 7 7 7 7 -- 28 1st Qtr ---- NJ - Walker 68 pass from Flutie (Ruzek kick) DEN - L.Harris 30 pass from Gagliano (Asmus kick) NJ - FG Ruzek 35 2nd Qtr ---- DEN - B.Johnson 3 run (Asmus kick) 3rd Qtr ---- NJ - Walker 5 run (Ruzek kick) DEN - B.Johnson 3 run (Asmus kick) 4th Qtr ---- NJ - Walker 1 run (Ruzek kick) DEN - B.Johnson 1 run (Asmus kick) TEAM STATS NEW JERSEY DENVER First Downs 15 17 Rushes-Yards 47-174 30-95 Passing Yards 127 215 Return Yards 8 51 Passes 5-15-1 17-31-0 Sacks By 4-27 2-14 Punts 5-41 6-44 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-1 Penalties-Yards 4-40 8-69 Time of Possession 32:42 27:18 INDIVIDUAL STATS RUSHING = New Jersey: Walker 36-142, Carthon 6-15, Flutie 3-17. Denver: B.Johnson 23-98, M.Lewis 1-3, Gagliano 2-(-6). PASSING = New Jersey: Flutie 5-15-1-141. Denver: Gagliano 17-31-0-242. RECEIVING = New Jersey: Walker 3-106, Broughton 2-35. Denver: L.Harris 4-62, B.Johnson 4-46, Stegall 3-23, White 3-69, Lewis 3-42. MISSED FIELD GOALS = None
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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn