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New Jersey 24 at Michigan 31
1983 Week 11 - Monday, May 16, 1983
New Jersey Generals(3-7) at Michigan Panthers(6-4)(-6)
Attendance: 32,862, TV: ESPN
PONTIAC, MI (AP) - New Jersey's Herschel Walker and a five-game winning streak by the Michigan Panthers brought out the crowds at the Pontiac Silverdome. They got what they wanted -- a good show by Walker ... and a better show by their own Ken Lacy.
"I think Lacy got tired of hearing that 'Come see (Herschel) Waiker run' stuff," Michigan Coach Jim Stanley said following Monday night's 31-24 victory over the Generals in one of three United States Football League games. "I think he wanted them to come see Lacy run."
While Walker ran for 87 yards -- and caught passes for 105 more -- it was Lacy who generally won the hearts of the 32,862 Panther fans, chalking up 156 yards and a touchdown as Michigan cameback from a 17-3 halftime deficit with an explosive third quarter. "I thought we showed some real class and poise, coming back the way we did," said Stanley.
John Williams also made the crowd sit up and take notice with a fine second-half performance, scoring two of the three TDs in the Panthers' rally to help them extend their current winning streak to six.
Walker, meanwhile, moved back into the USFL rushing lead with 1,138 yards, 17 ahead of Philadelphia's Kelvin Bryant. Walker also caught three passes for 105 yards.
May 16, 1983 Michigan Panthers - 31 New Jersey Generals - 24 at Silverdome 32,862 New Jersey 10 7 0 7 -- 24 Michigan 0 3 21 7 -- 31 1st Quarter NJ - FG Jacobs 44 NJ - Walker 2 run (Jacobs kick) 2nd Quarter MICH - FG Bojovic 23 NJ - Sullivan 4 run (jacobs kick) 3rd Quarter MICH - Williams 10 run (Bojovic kick) MICH - Lacy 2 run (Bojovic kick) MICH - Williams 3 run (Bojovic kick) 4th Quarter NJ - Walker 65 pass from Scott (Jacobs kick) MICH - Williams 1 run (Bojovix kixk) TEAM STATS: NEW JERSEY MICHIGAN First Downs 17 28 Rushes-yards 35-129 43-266 Passing yards 241 193 Return yards 2 11 Passes 13-20-2 14-19-0 Sacks by 5-38 3-18 Punts 2-35 2-36 Fumbles-lost 3-1 1-1 Penalties-yards 4-45 3-20 Time of possession 26:55 33:05 INDIVIDUAL STATS: RUSHING = New Jersey: Walker 24-87, Carthon 3-12, Sullivan 5-20, Scott 2-2, Knapple 1-8. Michigan: Lacy 22-156, Williams 16-79, Miller 5-31. PASSING = New Jersey: Scott 13-20-259-2. Michigan: Hebert 14-19-231-0. RECEIVING = New Jersey: Bowers 8-133, Walker 3-105, McConnaughey 1-15, Carthon 1-6. Michigan: Carter 5-102, Echols 4-63, Cobb 3-42, Holloway 2-24. MISSED FIELD GOALS = Michigan: Bojovic 43.
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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn