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Jacksonville 24 at New Jersey 31
1985 Week 16 - Monday, June 10, 1985
Jacksonville Bulls(8-7) at New Jersey Generals(10-5)(-3.5)
Attendance: 36,465, TV: ESPN
E. RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) - Now that the distraction of breaking Eric Dickerson's pro football single-season rushing record is over, Herschel Walker says the New Jersey Generals can do something important -- like winning the United States Football League title.
Walker surpassed Dickerson's record on Monday night as he gained 162 yards and scored two touchdowns in leading the New Jersey Generals to a 31-24 victory over the Jacksonville Bulls.
Walker's season total now stands at 2,129 yards, topping the professional standard of 2,105, set last season by Dickerson of the National Football League's Los Angeles Rams. Both Walker and Dickerson accomplished the feats in 16 games, although Dickerson had 379 carries in setting his record.
Walker broke it on his 384th carry of the season. "The offensive line wanted to do it in 16 games, that was their goal,"-said Walker. "The record is not important to me. What's important is that we've gotten behind ourselves and we are getting ready to win a championship."
The victory raised the Generals record to 11-5 and qualified them for the playoffs. Jacksonville fell to 8-8.
Walker set the record with 6:38 remaining in the third quarter, cutting an off-tackle play back to the middle, breaking two tackles and dashing 55 yardsfor atouchdown. Walker said he did not realize he had the record until after he went to the sidelines. "I didn't know how far along I was," said Walker.
June 10, 1985 New Jersey Generals - 31 Jacksonville Bulls - 24 at Giants Stadium 36,465 Jacksonville 0 10 0 14 -- 24 New Jersey 10 14 7 0 -- 31 1st Qtr ---- NJ - FG Ruzek 27 NJ - Bowers 5 pass from Reeves (Ruzek kick) 2nd Qtr ---- NJ - Walker 4 run (Ruzek kick) JACK - FG Franco 28 JACK - Rozier 5 run (Franco kick) NJ - Carthon 15 run (Ruzek kick) 3rd Qtr ---- NJ - Walker 55 run (Ruzek kick) 4th Qtr ---- JACK - Young 7 pass from Luther (Franco kick) JACK - Young 9 pass from Luther (Franco kick) TEAM STATS JACKSONVILLE NEW JERSEY First Downs 17 18 Rushes-Yards 18-58 41-230 Passing Yards 209 83 Return Yards 50 137 Passes 23-45-1 7-13-1 Sacks By 1-7 2-22 Punts 5-39 2-31 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-3 Penalties-Yards 3-24 4-35 Time of Possession 28:20 31:40 INDIVIDUAL STATS RUSHING = Jacksonville: Rozier 16-51, Mason 2-7. New Jersey: Walker 28-162, Carthon 9-49, Reeves 3-22, Pegues 1-(-3). PASSING = Jacksonville: Luther 23-44-1-209, Mahfouz 0-1-0-0. New Jersey: Reeves 7-13-1-83. RECEIVING = Jacksonville: Rozier 8-45, Alexis 4-58, Keel 3-24, Mason 3-23, R.Young 2-16, Kemp 1-20, McCurley 1-13, Butts 1-10. New Jersey: Bowers 2-37, Collins 2-20, Walker 2-14, Broughton 1-12. MISSED FIELD GOALS = New Jersey: Ruzek 42.
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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn