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Memphis 14 at Portland 17
1985 Week 14 - Saturday, May 25, 1985
Memphis Showboats(8-5)(-13)at Portland Breakers(3-10)
Attendance: 16,682, TV: ESPN
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland tied a United States Football League record by picking off six Mike Kelley passes Saturday night, the last one to set up Tim Mazzetti's 44-yard field goal with no time remaining as the Breakers upset the Memphis Showboats 1714.
Kelley had only been intercepted five times all season before Saturday night's troubles.
The Breakers, who snapped a six-game losing streak, also set a USFL mark by returning the interceptions for 120 yards.
The loss snapped the Showboats' four-game winning string to drop their record to 8-6. Portland is 4-10.
Memphis dominated the contest offensively but the turnovers kept Portland close. The Breakers also successfully appealed two officials' rulings by use of television replays. One of the rulings negated a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown by Henry Williams early in the final quarter.
Saturday, May 25, 1985 Memphis Showboats @ Portland Breakers Stadium : Civic Stadium, Portland, OR. Attendance: 16,682 Memphis Portland First Downs 23 6 Rushes - Yards 24-132 22-40 Passing Yards 242 115 Return Yards 80 134 Passes 22-40-6 10-18-1 Sacks by 2-25 1-8 Punts 2-45 6-41 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-1 Penalties-Yards 10-82 6-30 Time of Possession 35:35 24:25 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total Memphis 0 0 3 11 - 14 Portland 0 0 7 10 - 17 1st Quarter Scoring NO SCORING 2nd Quarter Scoring NO SCORING 3rd Quarter Scoring Memphis Showboats - 30 yard Field Goal by Duncan Portland Breakers - V. Williams 2 yard run ( Mazzetti Kick ) 4th Quarter Scoring Memphis Showboats - 48 yard Field Goal by Duncan Memphis Showboats - Parker 1 yard run ( Kelley pass to Moser 2 point conversion ) Portland Breakers - Brown 15 yard pass from Robinson ( Mazzetti Kick ) Portland Breakers - 44 yard Field Goal by Mazzetti INDIVIDUAL Statistics Rushing Memphis Showboats - Spencer 18-65, Williams 11-60, Porter 1-5, Parker 1-1, Kelley 1-1. Portland Breakers - Jordan 12-28, Williams 5-12, Starkey 3-3, Jackson 1-4, Kelley 1 for minus 7 yards. Passing Memphis Showboats - Kelley 22-40-6-242. Portland Breakers - Starkey 2-8-1-3, Robinson 7-9-0-100, Franz 1-1-0-12. Receiving Memphis Showboats - Crawford 5-65, Parker 4-32, Porter 3-27, Spencer 3-19, Raugh 2-38, Shirk 2-29, Williams 2-19, Moser 1-13. Portland Breakers - Ross 3-53, Brown 2-20, Johnson 2-17, Jordan 1-16, Jackson 1-6, Williams 1-3. Missed Field Goals Memphis Showboats - Duncan 38 yard. Portland Breakers - Mazzetti 45 yard.
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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn