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Arizona 14 at New Jersey 21
1983 Week 17 - Saturday, June 25, 1983
Arizona Wranglers(4-12) at New Jersey Generals(5-11)(-7)
Attendance: 30,612, TV: ESPN
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (Wire Services) - Tight end Sam Bowers snared eight passes for 139 yards and Thomas Lott, playing because Herschel Walker had blurred vision, ran for 110 yards and scored on a 3-yard burst to lead the New Jersey Generals to a 21-14 victory over the Arizona Wranglers.
Walker, who missed three offensive series in the first half and didn't play in the third quarter after he was poked in the right eye, finished with 33 yards on nine carries to boost his league-leading total to 1,738 yards.
Walker returned early in the fourth quarter to score his 18th touchdown of the season on a 1-yard leap as the Generals played their final home game before a Giants Stadium crowd of 30,612. The Generals averaged 33,822 for their nine home games.
New Jersey, winning two straight games for the first time this season, boosted its record to 6-11, while Arizona lost its ninth straight to fall to 4-13.
Lott, making his debut in the backfield, gave the Generals a 7-0 lead on his 3-yard run late in the first quarter. Lott had 18 carries as he became the only New Jersey player other than Walker to rush for more than 100 yards in a game.
June 25, 1983 New Jersey Generals - 21 Arizona Wranglers - 14 at Giants Stadium 30,610 Arizona 0 7 0 7 -- 14 New Jersey 7 7 0 7 -- 21 1st Quarter NJ - Lott 3 run (Roveto kick) 2nd Quarter NJ - Sullivan 20 run (Roveto kick) ARIZ - Murray 1 run (Denfeld kick) 3rd Quarter none 4th Quarter NJ - Walker 1 run (Roveto kick) ARIZ - Clark 1 run (Denfeld kick) TEAM STATS: ARIZONA NEW JERSEY First Downs 16 21 Rushes-yards 33-120 35-174 Passing yards 166 184 Return yards 123 70 Passes 15-30-3 12-24-1 Sacks by 1-9 4-27 Punts 4-30.5 3-44.3 Fumbles-lost 2-0 5-2 Penalties-yards 10-73 6-55 Time of possession 30:32 29:28 INDIVIDUAL STATS: RUSHING = Arizona: Clark 3-13, Manucci 8-78, Murray 10-35, Howell 2-4. New Jersey: Walker 9-33, Lott 18-118, Tullis 2-(-3), Sullivan 2-22, McConnaughey 1-1, Olander 3-11. PASSING = Arizona: Manucci 15-30-166-3. New Jersey: Knapple 12-24-184-3. RECEIVING = Arizona: Flowers 4-45, Keel 8-87, McGee 1-13, Balholm 2-21. New Jersey: Bowers 8-139, Sullivan 2-9, McConnaughey 2-36. MISSED FIELD GOALS = New Jersey: Roveto 47, 45
Archived news report
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn