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Denver 27 at Los Angeles 20


1985 Week 15 - Thursday, May 30, 1985
Denver Gold(9-5)(-12) at Los Angeles Express(3-11)
Attendance: 3,059, TV: ESPN

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Quarterback Bob Gagliano completed 33 of 47 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns Thursday night to lead the Denver Gold to a 27-20 United States Football League victory over the Los Angeles Express.

The game, the Express' final of the season at the Coliseum, was played before 3,059, the smallest crowd in USFL history.

Gagliano teamed with receiver Gil Stegall for two of Denver's touchdowns. Stegall caught 16 passes in the game to set a new USFL mark for most receptions in a single game, breaking the record of 15 set by Richard Johnson of the Houston Gamblers last year.

After the Express took a 3-0 lead on a 34-yard field goal by Tony Zendejas, Gagliano threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Stegall to give Denver a 7-3 lead with 43 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Express then drove 67 yards for their first touchdown and a 10-7 advantage as Frank Suerer hit David Hersey for a 5-yard scoring pass with 10:57 left in the first half.

Denver regained the lead with eight seconds left in the first half when running back Bill Johnson scored on a 1-yard plunge.

Complete Game




	1	2	3	4	F
DEN	7	7      10	3   -   27
LA	3       7       3       7   -   20

Scoring

LA: Zendejas 34 FG - LA 3, DEN 0

DEN:Stegall 5 pass from Gagliano(Asmus kick) - DEN 7, LA 3

LA: Hersey 5 pass from Seurer(Zendejas kick) - LA 10, DEN 7

DEN:Johnson 1 run(Asmus kick) - DEN 14, LA 10

DEN:Asmus 42 FG - DEN 17, LA 10

LA: Zendejas 45 FG - DEN 17, LA 13

DEN:Stegall 59 pass from Gagliano(Asmus kick) - DEN 24, LA 13

DEN:Asmus 26 FG - DEN 27, LA 20

LA: Haines 35 pass from Seurer(Zendejas kick) - DEN 27, LA 20

Box Score

                             DEN            LA
First Downs		      24            17                   
Rushes-Yards               17-71        19-114
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    48-34-377-2   41-17-224-1
Sacked-Yards Lost            1-6           0-0
Total Plays-Yards         65-448        60-338
Fumbles-Lost                 0-0           1-0
Penalties-Yards            10-64          5-65
Turnovers                      2             1
Time of Possession         31:22         28:38

Attendance = 3,059 

DENVER					     LOS ANGELES
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Gagliano     47  33 252  2  2  79.39         Seurer       41  17 224  1  2  65.50
Hempfield     1   1  25  0  0 118.75 

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
B.Johnson     7  48  6.9  1                  Gunn          1  47 47.0  0
Gerhart       8  26  3.3  0                  Gray         10  35  3.5  0
Gagliano      2  -3 -1.5  0                  Warren        6  22  3.7  0
					     Seurer        2  10  5.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Stegall      16 177 11.1  2                  Haines        4  86 21.5  1
Calip         5  51 10.2  0		     Townsell      3  53 17.7  0
Le.Harris     7  40  5.7  0   		     Gunn          3  32 10.7  0
T.Johnson     2  28 14.0  0                  Lowell        3  31 10.3  0
Loveall       1  25 25.0  0		     Hersey        2  18  9.0  1
Turner        1  24 24.0  0		     Boddie        1   2  2.0  0
Lewis         1  18 18.0  0		     Gray          1   2  2.0  0
Gerhart       1  14 14.0  0               
                
Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Lo.Harris       4 100 25.0  0		     Boddie          4  86 21.5  0
					     Gunn            2  28 14.0  0                

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Lo.Harris       2   4  2.0  0                None            -  --   --  -                

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Asmus           2-2  42  3-3   9             Zendejas        2-3  45  2-2   8            
                miss: --                                     miss: 39

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Asmus           2  91 45.5                   Partridge       3 122 40.7 

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
None            -  --                        Achica          1   6                    

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Hemphill        1   6  6.0  0                Scott           1  36 36.0  0
					     Henderson       1  19 19.0  0
					     Smith           0  19  --   0

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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