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Denver 7 at Memphis 48 Playoff


1985 Quarterfinals - Sunday, June 30, 1985
Denver Gold(11-7) at Memphis Showboats(11-7)(-7.5)
Attendance: 34,528

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Ricky Porter rushed for 2 touchdowns to lead the Memphis Showboats to a 48-7 victory over the Denver Gold In the biggest rout in USFL playoff history.

Memphis, which led 13-0 at halftime, opened the third quarter with a 67-yard touchdown drive capped by Porter's 1-yard run, and the Showboats struck for 2 more touchdowns before the period ended.

The Showboats' 48 points were the most ever scored by the team and the margin of victory was the largest in the three years of USFL playoffs.

The Gold rushed for just 30 yards. Denver quarterback Vince Evans completed 13 of 24 passes and threw 2 interceptions.

Tim Spencer led Memphis with 113 yards rushing, and Memphis quarterback Mike Kelley hit on 9 of 19 passes for 171 yards.

Complete Game




Complete Game




	1	2	3	4	F
DEN	0	0	0	7   -    7
MEM	7       6      21      14   -   48

Scoring

MEM:Moser 9 pass from Kelley(Duncan kick) - MEM 7, DEN 0

MEM:Duncan 40 FG - MEM 10, DEN 0

MEM:Duncan 19 FG - MEM 13, DEN 0

MEM:Porter 1 run(Duncan kick) - MEM 20, DEN 0

MEM:L.Williams 35 run(Duncan kick) - MEM 27, DEN 0

MEM:Crawford 63 punt return(Duncan kick) - MEM 34, DEN 0

MEM:Porter 1 run(Duncan kick) - MEM 41, DEN 0

DEN:Harris 22 pass from Gagliano(Asmus kick) - MEM 41, DEN 7

MEM:Raugh 25 pass from Lewis(Duncan kick) - MEM 48, DEN 7

Box Score

                             DEN            MEM
First Downs                   10             21
Rushes-Yards                8-30         46-296
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    32-19-199-3    21-10-196-1
Sacked-Yards Lost           5-50            0-0
Total Plays-Yards         40-239         67-492
Fumbles-Lost                 3-3            0-0
Penalties-Yards            10-53           9-77
Turnovers                      6              1
Time of Possession         23:08          36:52

Attendance = 34,528

DENVER					     MEMPHIS
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Evans        24  13 169  2  0  41.84         Kelley       19   9 171  1  1  74.67
Gagliano      8   6  80  1  1 106.25         Lewis         2   1  25  0  1 135.42

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
B.Johnson     5  32  6.4  0		     Spencer      16 113  7.1  0
Evans         1   4  4.0  0		     L.Williams    6  51  8.5  1
Gerhart       1   4  4.0  0                  Parker       12  49  4.1  0
Asmus         1 -10-10.0  0		     Porter        8  42  5.3  2
					     Kelley        2  35 17.0  0
					     Heflin        2   6  3.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Le.Harris     6  91 15.2  1                  Crawford      3  69 23.0  0
K.Johnson     4  54 13.5  0		     L.Williams    1  34 34.0  0
Stegall       3  53 17.7  0		     Moser         2  27 13.5  1
D.Johnson     2  23 11.5  0		     Raugh         1  25 25.0  1
Lewis         2  21 10.5  0		     H.Williams    1  17 17.0  0
Turner        2   7  3.5  0		     Bradley       1  15 15.0  0
					     Parker        1   9  9.0  0               

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Lo.Harris       4  70 17.5  0		     Crawford        1  24 24.0  0
N.Harris        1  13 13.0  0		     Team            1   0  0.0  0                
Loberg          1  12 12.0  0
Kalil           2   9  9.0  0

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Lo.Harris       1   8  8.0  0		     Crawford        3  85 28.3  1                

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Asmus           0-0  --  1-1   1             Duncan          2-3  40  6-6  12            
                miss: --                                     miss: 27

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Asmus           5 206 41.2                   Miller          2  91 45.5

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
None            -  --                        Hammond         2  18
					     Rose            1  13
					     White           1  12
					     Corker          1   7                    

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Hemphill        1   0  0.0  0		     Cade            1   2  2.0  0
					     Hayes           1   2  2.0  0
					     Bessillieu      1   0  0.0  0

Archived news report
Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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