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Los Angeles 14 at Denver 10


1983 Week 12 - Sunday, May 22, 1983
Los Angeles Express(5-6) at Denver Gold(4-7)(-1.5)
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.

Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
LA	0	0	7	7   -   14
DEN	0	7	3	0   -   10

Scoring

DEN:Sydney 31 yd pass from A. White (Speelman kick) - DEN 7, LA 0

LA: Barnett 19 yd pass from Rae (Abbott kick) - LA 7, DEN 7

DEN:Speelman 50 yd field goal - DEN 10, LA 7

LA: Barnett 1 yd run (Abbott kick) - LA 14, DEN 10 

Box Score

                                     LA            DEN
First Downs                   22             10
Rushes-Yards              32-110          24-62
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    43-21-275-2    22-11-147-2
Sacked-Yards Lost           2-12           3-24
Total Plays-Yards         77-373         49-185
Fumbles-Lost                 1-0            0-0
Penalties-Yards             8-51           8-21
Turnovers                      2              2
Time of Possession         35:28          24:32

Attendance = 32,963

LOS ANGELES				     OAKLAND
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Rae          43  21 275  2  1  57.8          Mortensen    15   9 109  0  0  82.4
                                             White, A      7   2  38  2  1  49.7
 
Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Haslip        8  36  4.5  0                  Sydney       13  46  3.5  0
Barnett       9  33  3.7  1                  Mortensen     3  12  4.0  0
Harrington   12  30  2.5  0                  Canada        3   7  2.3  0
Boddie        2  11  5.5  0                  Stamper       1   6  6.0  0
Rae           1   0  0.0  0                  Matthews      2  -3 -1.5  0
                                             White, V      2  -5 -2.5  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Allen         5  68 13.6  0                  Dirden        3  54 18.0  0
Ellis         3  56 18.7  0                  Sydney        3  44 14.7  1
Haines        4  47 11.8  0                  Niziolek      3  35 11.7  0
Haslip        2  33 16.5  0                  James         1   7  7.0  0
Harrington    3  30 10.0  0                  White, V      1   7  7.0  0
Sherrod       2  22 11.0  0                   
Barnett       2  19  8.0  1                   
   
Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Allen           1  23 23.0  0                Ford            3  79 16.3  0
Tolbert         1  20 20.0  0                 
Moser           1   5  5.0  0                 
 
Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Tolbert         2  22 11.0  0                Martin          2  17  8.5  0
Allen           2  14  7.0  0                 
   
Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Abbott          0-2   0  2-2    2            Speelman        1-1  50  1-1    4
                miss: 29, 31                                 miss: none

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Partridge       4 166 41.5                   Gortz           5 239 47.8

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Fields, G       1  11                        Gerken          1   6
Philyaw         1   3                        Short           1   6
Aupiu         0.5   5                         
Weaver        0.5   5                         
   
Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Scoggins        1   7  7.0  0                Dumars          1  30 30.0  0
Lute            1   5  5.0  0                Whittingham     1   0  0.0  0

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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