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Arizona 20 at Houston 41

1985 Week 14 - Sunday, May 26, 1985
Attendance: 12,696


(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

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