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Arizona 20 at Houston 41
1985 Week 14 - Sunday, May 26, 1985
Arizona Outlaws(5-8) at Houston Gamblers(8-5)(-13.5)
(Miami Herald) Houston Gamblers' quarterback Jim Kelly suffered a torn knee ligament Sunday when he was sacked on the final play of the first half in Sunday's United States Football League game against Arizona.
" It won't require an operation but he'll be in a brace for three to four weeks minimum," Houston Coach Jack Pardee said. "There was no swelling so that;s a good sign. We'll just have to look at it week to week."
Kelly, the former standout for the University of Miami, suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in the right knee when he was sacked by Arizona's Daryl Wilkerson. He had completed 13 of 18 pass attempts for 258 yards including three touchdowns.
Clarence Verdin caught two of Kelly's touchdown passes as the Gamblers won 41-20.
Sunday, May 26, 1985 Arizona Outlaws @ Houston Gamblers Stadium : Houston Astrodome, Houston, TX. Attendance: 12,696 Arizona Houston First Downs 19 19 Rushes - Yards 24-71 25-137 Passing Yards 289 336 Return Yards 94 81 Passes 17-40-1 19-32-0 Sacks by 2-14 4-39 Punts 5-40 3-39 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-2 Penalties-Yards 7-31 5-40 Time of Possession 30:40 29:20 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total Arizona 3 7 10 0 - 20 Houston 14 10 7 10 - 41 1st Quarter Scoring Houston Gamblers - Verdin 60 yard pass from Kelly ( Fritsch Kick ) Arizona Outlaws - 35 yard Field Goal by Zendejas Houston Gamblers - Johnson 46 yard pass from Kelly ( Fritsch Kick ) 2nd Quarter Scoring Houston Gamblers - Verdin 11 yard pass from Kelly ( Fritsch Kick ) Arizona Outlaws - Anderson 16 yard pass from Williams ( Zendejas Kick ) Houston Gamblers - 37 yard Field Goal by Fritsch 3rd Quarter Scoring Arizona Outlaws - 47 yard Field Goal by Zendejas Houston Gamblers - DeVaughn 41 yard Interception Return for a TD ( Fritsch Kick ) Arizona Outlaws - Anderson 18 yard pass from Williams ( Zendejas Kick ) 4th Quarter Scoring Houston Gamblers - 20 yard Field Goal by Fritsch Houston Gamblers - Harrell 2 yard run ( Fritsch Kick ) INDIVIDUAL Statistics Rushing Arizona Outlaws - Boatner 13-45, Brown 10-20, Clark 1-6. Houston Gamblers - Fowler 10-57, Harrell 8-33, Kelly 2-32, Dillon 1-10, Sanders 3-9, Verdin 1 for minus 4. Passing Arizona Outlaws - Williams 17-40-1-328. Houston Gamblers - Kelly 13-18-0-258, Dillon 6-14-0-92. Receiving Arizona Outlaws - G. Anderson 8-170, Boatner 4-41, A. Williams 2-52, Brown 1-45, Wheeler 1-11, McDade 1-9. Houston Gamblers - Johnson 6-112, Verdin 3-76, Sanders 3-69, Harrell 3-30, McGhee 2-51, Fowler 1-9, McNeil 1-3. Missed Field Goals NONE
Archived news report
Archived news report
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn