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Denver 3 at Arizona 24


1983 Week 8 - Saturday, April 23, 1983
Denver Gold(4-3)(-2.5) at Arizona Wranglers(3-4)
Attendance: 21,557

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Wranglers have always thought running back Calvin Murray would become an explosive offensive threat in the United States Football league, but the big question was when and where it would happen.

Saturday night here, the ex-Ohio State standout broke loose for 125 yards rushing on 22 carries and turned a simple pass play into a 54-yard touchdown as Arizona beat the Denver Gold 24-3.

It was the first 100-yard game by any Wrangler running back this season.

"My last 100-yard game was in college. I can hardly remember it was so long ago," said Murray, who had gained 72, 70 and 77 yards the past three games. "I knew things would work out if I just stuck with it. I want to do whatever is needed to help this team win."

The victory earned the Wranglers a share of first place in the Pacific Division with Dever and the Los Angeles Express - all with identical 4-4 records.

Highlights




Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
DEN	3	0	0	0   -    3
AZ	0	3	7	14  -   24

Scoring

DEN:Speelman 43 yd field goal - DEN 3, ARI 0

AZ: Asmus 22 yd field goal - ARI 3, DEN 3

AZ: Murray 54 yd pass from Risher (Asmus kick) - ARI 10, DEN 3

AZ: Flowers 4 yd pass from Risher (Asmus kick) - ARI 17, DEN 3

AZ: Balholm 4 yd pass from Risher (Asmus kick) - ARI 24, DEN 3

Box Score

                             DEN            ARI
First Downs                   16             15
Rushes-Yards              25-189         35-281
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    32-14-106-5    21-15-154-0
Sacked-Yards Lost            0-0           4-14
Total Plays-Yards         57-295         60-421
Fumbles-Lost                 3-0            2-1
Penalties-Yards             6-55           5-51
Turnovers                      5              1
Time of Possession         27:49          32:11

Attendance = 21,557

DENVER					     ARIZONA
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Johnson      19   9  53  1  0  32.1          Risher       21  15 154  0  3 131.7
Knapple      13   5  53  4  0  11.5               
 
Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Sydney       10  82  8.2  0                  Murray       22 125  5.7  0
Canada       10  68  6.8  0                  Howell        2  69 34.5  0
Matthews      2  20 10.0  0                  Bledsoe       5  60 12.0  0
Miller, T     2  14  7.0  0                  Banks         4  13  3.3  0
James         1   5  5.0  0                  Risher        2  14  7.0  0
  
Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Brown         2  34 17.0  0                  Murray        4  78 19.5  1
Canada        2  23 11.5  0                  Keel          3  43 14.3  0
Ballage       3  19  6.3  0                  Flowers       4  14  3.5  1
Niziolek      2   9  4.5  0                  Balholm       2  12  6.0  1
Miller, T     1   7  7.0  0                  McKale        1   7  7.0  0
James         2   6  3.0  0                  Bledsoe       1   0  0.0  0
Sydney        1   5  5.0  0                  
Matthews      1   3  3.0  0                  
  
Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Ford            5 148 29.6  0                Wilson          1  27 27.0  0
                                             Blue            1  23 23.0  0
 
Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Martin          2  -1 -0.5  0                None
  
Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Speelman        1-3  43  0-0    3            Asmus           1-1  22  3-3    6
                miss: 48, 24                                 miss: none

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Gortz           4 187 46.8                   Asmus           6 255 42.5

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Short           2  10                        None
White           1   2
Whittington     1   2
  
Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
None                                         Wilson          2  36 18.0  0
                                             Apuna           1  17 17.0  0
                                             Wilcox          1   7  7.0  0
                                             Hall            1   2  2.0  0

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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