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San Antonio 3 at Arizona 13
1985 Week 15 - Saturday, June 1, 1985
San Antonio Gunslingers(3-11) at Arizona Outlaws(5-9)(-5)
TEMPE (AP) - Arizona Outlaws Coach Frank Kush called it "as fine a first half of football as you can have" and that's all his club needed to beat the struggling San Antonio Gunslingers.
Reggie Brown scored on a 2-yard run and Luis Zendejas kicked two 33-yard field goals as Arizona won 13-3 Saturday night, sending the Gunslingers to their eighth straight loss.
The Outlaws,now 6-9 and fighting for a wild-card playoff berth, won for just the second time in the last nine games and snapped a three-game home field losing streak before a crowd of 11,151 at 70,021-seat Sun Devil Stadium.
San Antonio, 3-12, was limited to 91 yards total offense in the first half, including a minus-4 in passing. "We had a hard time handling the pass rush," said Gunslingers Coach Gil Steinke. "We ran the ball well against them early, but couldn't put the ball in the end zone."
Zendejas' second field goal with 10:36 left in the second quarter put the Outlaws ahead to stay at 6-3. Brown bulled into the end zone to cap an 80-yard, 14-play drive and make it 13-3 with 40 seconds remaining in the half.
Zendejas, a rookie who played collegiately at Arizona State and became the NCAA's all-time scoring leader last fall, gave the Outlaws a 3-0 lead with his first 33-yard field goal 8:18 into the game.
Gunslingers' place-kicker Nick Mike-Mayer tied it on a 31-yarder with 1:16 to go in the first quarter. It proved to be San Antonio's only points as quarterback Rick Neuheisel completed 12 of 16 passes for 95 yards and was sacked five times for 39 yards in losses.
Neuheisel also was intercepted once -- by Arizona cornerback David Martin at the Gunslinger 5yard line with 5:49 remaining in the game -- and lost a fumble at the Outlaws' 5-yard line with seven seconds to go.
"Give credit to Arizona's front line," Neuheisel said. "They are one of the finest in the league." "We took it to San Antonio," Kush said. "We controlled the ball most of the way and made the big plays when it counted. And we didn't turn it over. There were very few mistakes out there on our side of the ball."
"Everything seemed to click for us," said Arizona quarterback Doug Williams,who hit on 21 of 32 passes for 196 yards. "We took what they gave us. We didn't try to go deep because they laid back on us. But our line picked up the blitzes and did a great job of blocking."
Zendejas, who has set a club record with 21 field goals so far, was wide left on a 41-yard try with 9:46 left in the game --his eighth miss of the season. It also snapped his string of consecutive field goals at eight.
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn