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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.
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn