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Jacksonville 20 at Houston 17


1985 Week 13 - Monday, May 20, 1985
Jacksonville Bulls(6-6) at Houston Gamblers(8-4)
Attendance: 17,127, TV: ESPN

HOUSTON (AP) -- Jacksonville quarterback Brian Sipe threw two touchdown passes and Brian Franco kicked a 27-yard field goal in a 17-point third quarter to rally the Bulls to a 20-17 United States Football League victory over Houston Monday night.

The Bulls, 7-6, trailed 17-3 at the half, but struck back with Sipe touchdown passes of 22 yards to Alton Alexis and 5 yards to Larry Mason to tie the score and Franco added the clincher with 40 seconds left in the quarter.

The Gamblers, 8-5, netted only four yards in the third quarter and held the ball only 4:33 of the period. The Gamblers drove to the Bulls 30 before runningback Todd Fowler fumbled and Bulls Terry Beeson recovered with 5:56 left in the game.

Return specialist Gerald McNeil ignited the Gamblers to a 17-3 halftime lead when he darted through a hole in the middle of the Bulls defense for a 49-yard punt return in the first quarter.

Toni Fritsch kicked a 44-yard field goal and quarterback Jim Kelly hit Richard Johnson with a 15-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter for their halftime lead.

The Bulls reached the Houston 1-yard line in the second quarter but two penalties and a sack of Sipe forced them to settle for Brian Franco's 21-yard field goal.

Jacksonville, aided by two pass interference penalties against Houston, reached Houston's 23 but Luther Bradley's interception with 10 seconds left in the half ended that threat.

Bulls running back Mike Rozier gained 86 yards on 20 carries to give him 1,028 yards for the season.

The Gamblers had promised to give away a $1 million annuity to a lucky fan if 40,000 fans attended the game and a $10,000 if at least 35,000 were present. Gambler officials said 17,127 fans attended the game. It was the smallest crowd of the season.

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	1	2	3	4	F
JAX	3	0      17	0   -   20
HOU	7      10       0       0   -   0

Scoring

HOU:McNeil 49 punt return(Fritsch kick) - HOU 7, JAX 0

JAX:Franco 29 FG - HOU 7, JAX 3

HOU:Fritsch 44 FG - HOU 10, JAX 3

HOU:Johnson 15 pass from Kelly(Fritsch kick) - HOU 17, JAX 3

JAX:Alexis 22 pass from Sipe(Franco kick) - HOU 17, JAX 10

JAX:Mason 5 pass from Sipe(Franco kick) - HOU 17, JAX 17

JAX:Franco 27 FG - JAX 20, HOU 17

Box Score

                             JAX            HOU
First Downs                   19	     15    
Rushes-Yards              26-118          12-19
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    32-14-191-1    39-23-312-2
Sacked-Yards Lost           4-30           5-36
Total Plays-Yards         58-309         51-331
Fumbles-Lost                 0-0            2-1
Penalties-Yards             6-47           9-81
Turnovers                      1              3
Time of Possession         36:27          23:33

Attendance = 17,127 

JACKSONVILLE				     HOUSTON
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Sipe         32  14 191  1  2  71.22         Kelly        39  23 312  2  1  71.74

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Rozier       20  86  4.3  0                  Fowler        5  14  2.8  0
Sipe          2  19  9.5  0                  Harrell       4   8  2.0  0
Lewis         3  14  4.7  0                  Verdin        1   1  1.0  0
Mason         1  -1 -1.0  0		     Kelly         1  -1 -1.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Kemp          4  82 20.5  0                  McNeil        5  91 18.2  0
Keel          2  23 11.5  0		     McGhee        5  65 13.0  0
Alexis        1  22 22.0  1                  Johnson       4  63 15.8  1
Mason         2  18  9.0  1                  Courville     1  30 30.0  0
Matthews      1  18 18.0  0		     Sanders       3  23  7.7  0
Rozier        2  14  7.0  0		     Harrell       1  17 17.0  0
Young         1  11 11.0  0		     Verdin        2   9  4.5  0                           
Lewis         1   3  3.0  0

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Butts           1  20 20.0  0                Courville       2  46 23.0  0
Matthews        1  20 20.0  0                Verdin          2  33 16.5  0
					     Eason           1  15 15.0  0                

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Kemp            2  10  5.0  0		     McNeil          3  65 21.7  1                

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Franco          2-3  29  2-2   8             Fritsch         1-1  44  2-2   5          
                miss: 40                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Swider          6 258 43.0                   Corral          3 126 42.0

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Nelson          2  16                        Catan           2  12
Millard        1.5 11			     Fitzpatrick     1   9
C.Anderson      1   7                        Hughes          1   9
Costello       0.5  2                    

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Batiste         1  14 14.0  0                Bradley         1  19 19.0  0
McMillan        1   6  6.0  0

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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