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New Jersey 14 at Chicago 17 OT
1983 Week 8 - Monday, April 25, 1983
New Jersey Generals(2-5) at Chicago Blitz(4-3)(-8)
Attendance: 32,182, TV: ESPN
CHICAGO (AP) - Frank Corral kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2:47 remaining in overtime Monday night to give the Chicago Blitz a 17-14 win over the New Jersey Generals in United States Football League action.
The victory before 32,182 fans raised Chicago's record to 5-3 and dropped New Jersey to 2-6.
New Jersey's Herschel Walker gained 138 yards in 36 carries to take the league lead in rushing with 851 yards. He needed 111 yards to overtake Philadelphia's Kelvin Bryant, who had 110 yards against Boston on Sunday.
Corral had missed a 35-yard field goal, attempt earlier in the overtime. New Jersey lost a chance at victory with 17 seconds to go in regulation time when Dave Jacobs' 45-yard field goal attempt veered wide right.
The Generals took a 14-7 fourth quarter lead when linebacker John Joyce rambled 13 yards after free safety Keith Moody blocked a Corral punt. A pass from Dave Boisture to Victor Hicks gave the Geaerals a two-point conversion.
Chicago tied it four minutes later on a one-yard plunge by Kevin Long. The eight-play, 74-yard drive featured a 32-yard pass from Greg Landry to Trumaine Johnson, the leading receiver in the USFL.
New Jersey opened the scoring on the first play of the second quarter when Walker sprinted untouched around the right side from three yards out. The Blitz then marched to the New Jersey 19, but Corral missed wide left on a 34-yard field goal attempt.
Chicago took a 7-6 lead on its next possession when Landry fired a 12-yard scoring strike to Lenny Willis at the 3:57 mark of the second period.
April 25, 1983 Chicago Blitz - 17 (OT) New Jersey Generals - 14 at Soldier Field 32,182 New Jersey 0 6 0 8 0 -- 14 Chicago 0 7 0 7 3 -- 17 1st Quarter none 2nd Quarter NJ - Walker 3 run (kick failed) CHI - Willis 12 pass from Landry (Corral kick) 3rd Quarter none 4th Quarter NJ - Joyce 13 return of blocked punt (Hicks pass from Boisture) CHI - Long 1 run (Corral kick) Overtime CHI - FG Corral 35 INDIVIDUAL STATS: RUSHING = New Jersey: Walker 36-138, Carthon 7-33, Scott 2-2, Sullivan 2-1, Boisture 5-30, Hicks 1-(-5). Chicago: Spencer 19-52, Long 14-49, Landry 1-7, Dennison 1-0. PASSING = New Jersey: Scott 5-7-43, Boisture 4-11-51. Chicago: Landry 22-35-246. RECEIVING = New Jersey: Brodsky 3-30, McConnaughey 2-30, Friede 2-29, Walker 2-5. Chicago: Johnson 6-97, Long 5-26, Willis 3-46, Buggs 3-30, Dennison 3-21, Spencer 1-10, Ricker 1-6. MISSED FIELD GOALS =New Jersey: Jacobs 42. Chicago: Corral 34, 35.
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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn