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Los Angeles 14 at Denver 10

1983 Week 12 - Sunday, May 22, 1983
Attendance: 32,963, TV: ABC


DENVER(AP) - The Denver Gold, who last week became the first United States Footbail League team to fire a coach, lost to the Los Angeles Express 14-10 yesterday, in the first game under coach Charley Armey.

John Barnett, a rookie running back, rammed over from the one-yard line with 3:38 left to give Los Angeles the win and spoil the occasion for Armey, who became interim coach when Red Miller was fired.

Los Angeles moved to 6-6 and took over the lead in the USFL Pacific Division while Denver dropped to 4-8.

A number of Gold fans protested when Gold owner Ron Blanding fired popular Miller, resulting in what appeared to be a fan backlash. The team sold 39,040 tickets for the game, about 8,000 fewer than usual, and there were 6,000 no-shows.

Denver took a 7-0 first-half lead on a 31-yard pass from Alvin White to Harry Sydney. But Mike Rae tossed 19 yards to Barnett to tie the score in the third quarter. Brian Speilman's field goal put Denver ahead again. But the Express dominated the final period, finally driving for Barnett's winning touchdown following a fourth-down 26-yard pass from Rae to Wilbert Haslip.


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