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Week #3-MNF: Denver 27 Arizona 20

Monday, April 20, 2015

USFL Opinion Poll #1

'88 Chronology-Gold Grab Road Win

Event Date: March 7th, 1988

Event Description: Gold Move Into First Place

Source: Daily Leader

Week #2 Monday Game

Denver 27
Arizona 20

Attendance: 22,399
Television: ESPN/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Jim Simpson/Paul McGuire

Vince Evans battled through a bruised knee to complete 19-of-36 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns, as the Denver Gold bested the Arizona Wranglers, 27-20 on Monday night.

Lonnie Harris hauled in seven passes for 141 yards with a touchdown reception for the Gold (2-1), who have alternated wins and loses to begin the season. Todd Gerhart added 61 rushing yards on 13 carries in the victory.

Willard Reaves rushed for 82 yards on 15 attempts while scoring his second touchdown of the year for the Wranglers (1-2).

Rick Neuheisel completed 17-of-32 passes for 201 yards with one interception while also rushing for 27 yards. Clarence Collins made four catches for 77 yards.

It was all Gold in the first half as Willie Pless returned an interception 45-yards for a score and Jeff Brockhaus nailed a 47 yard field goal to give Denver a 10-3 halftime lead.

Marc Lewis's five-yard touchdown reception early on in the third made it a 17-3 game before Arizona countered with a Willard Reaves touchdown to make it 17-10.

The teams then exchanged field goals, before Evans found Harris for a 34-yard touchdown strike, and a 27-13 Denver lead. Arizona would round out the scoring with a 49-yard fumble return for a score by defensive lineman Tony Gunn.

Game Notes-The teams combined for 688 yards of net offense..Denver linebacker Willie Pless finished with eight tackles, one sack and one interception.

more to come...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

'88 Chronology-Week #3-Sunday Games

Event Date: March 6th, 1988

Event Description: Week #3 USFL Summaries

Source: The Reading Eagle

Week #3 Sunday Games

Baltimore 15 
Pittsburgh 13

Attendance: 19,341
Television: RCA Satellite
Announcers: Sam Nover/Alan Jennings or Scott Garceau/Tom Matte/Bob Bartel

Scott Campbell hit Stephan Jones with a 21-yard touchdown pass with under a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, but the subsequent two-point conversion failed, providing the difference as Baltimore beat the Maulers 15-13 at Three Rivers Stadium.

Babe Laufenberg connected on 19-of-33 passes for 236 yards for Baltimore (1-2) and recently signed receiver Danny Buggs hauled in seven passes for 102 yards. Kicker Ali Haji-Sheik nailed all five field goal attempts to provide all of the scoring for Baltimore.

Game Notes-Ex-Mauler Walter Holman paced the Baltimore ground game with 45 yards on 22 carries...Joe Dudek was limited to 36 yards rushing on a dozen carries.

Michigan 16
Philadelphia 19

Attendance: 32,013
Television: ABC-National/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Keith Jackson/Lynn Swann

Chuck Fusina tossed a four-yard touchdown pass and Eric Shubert kicked four field goals to lead the Philadelphia Stars to a 19-16 win over the Michigan Panthers.

Former Utah State quarterback Bob Gagliano connected on 14-of-26 passes for 152 yards with one touchdown pass and John Williams rushed for 95 yards for the Panthers.

Novo Bojovic kicked four field goals for Michigan, which lost its second straight game.

Hubie Oliver rushed for 52 yards on 15 carries for Philadelphia, while Chuck Fusina completed 20-of-28 passes for 171 yards.

Game Notes-Eric Truvillion hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass for Michigan...Gordie Lockbaum left the game with a knee injury...Troy West led the Stars defense with 10 tackles.

Oakland 24
Houston 33

Attendance: 34,716
Television: ABC-Regional/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Bill Flemming/Lee Grosscup

Tony Jeffery ran the ball 26 times for 99 yards and Jim Kelly tossed a pair of touchdowns to lead the unbeaten Gamblers' to a 33-24 come-from-behind victory over the Oakland Invaders. 

Kelly completed 22-of-34 passes for 251 yards and two interceptions. Richard Johnson was his top target, catching six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown for Houston (3-0). Joey Walters chipped in six grabs for 61 yards and a score of his own.

Fred Besana completed 21-of-41 passes for 272 yards while Wes Howell hauled in five passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. 

Houston trailed 17-13 at halftime, but scored 17 unanswered points to open the second half.

Game Notes-Oakland was limited to just 43 yards rushing on 25 attempts...the teams combined for 11 penalties and five turnovers.

Chicago 19
Birmingham 7

Attendance: 33,621
Television: ABC-Regional/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Corey McPherrin/Kevin Kiley

Dieter Brock went 15-for-24 with 136 yards and a touchdown and the Chicago defense came away three interceptions and four sacks as the Blitz upset the Birmingham Stallions, 19-7.

Thomas Rooks had 63 yards on 14 carries and Marcus Anderson hauled in three passes for 30 yards and a score for the Blitz (2-1), who have now won two straight.

Cliff Stoudt went 12-for-29 with 152 yards with one touchdown, while Ken Toler had four catches for 54 yards for the Stallions (2-1).

Game Notes-Chicago kicker Frank Corral was successful on four of six field goal attempts...Chicago end Keith Cruise accounted for eight tackles and two sacks for the Blitz defense.

Portland 7
Los Angeles 20

Attendance: 19,864
Television: ABC-National/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Tim Brandt/Ron Mix

Cliff Branch caught four passes for 105 yards and a touchdown, as the Los Angeles Express won their first game of the season with a 20-7 triumph over the Portland Storm at the Coliseum.

Todd Santos completed 15-of-25 passes for the home team for 235 yards and no interceptions or sacks. Kevin Nelson turned 28 carries into 78 yards while also adding a pair of catches for 16 yards.

For the expansion Storm (1-2), David Archer finished 27-of-44 passing for 329 yards with one interception and no touchdowns.

Ned Armour was a bright spot for the offense, finishing with 95 yards receiving on six receptions. Mike Oliphant added a four-yard scoring run, but was held to just nine rushing yards.

The only scoring of the second-half came via a John Lee 42-yard field goal.

Game Notes-Duane Gunn broke the game open with a 66-yard punt return for a score in the second frame...Fred Nordgren and Dave Browning led the Portland defense with nine tackles each.

Orlando 22
New Orleans 28

Attendance: 38,188
Television: TBS Cable/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Gary Bender/Craig Morton

David Woodley went 20-of-40 for 250 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, as New Orleans defeated the Orlando Renegades, 28-22, at the Superdome.

Marcus Dupree led the Breakers (2-1) with 62 rushing yards. Darryl Mason reeled in seven passes for 73 yards and a score while Frank Lockett made a significant contribution with six receptions for 61 yards. Malcolm Barnwell hauled in a 61-yard score to win the game in overtime.

"We beat a very good football team," said Woodley. 

Reggie Collier went 28-of-46 for 299 yards while under center for Orlando (1-2). Melvin Bratton made seven receptions for 88 yards to lead the visitors' receiving corps. Eddie Weaver registered a game-high nine tackles including a pair of sacks in the losing effort.

Game Notes-Orlando kicker Alan Duncan was 5 for 5 on field goal attempts...New Orleans linebacker Frank Manumaleuga scored a safety in the fourth frame, and Orlando backer Fernando Jackson returned a fumble 57-yards for a score with just under two minutes remaining.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

'88 Chronology-Kick Start!

Event Date: March 5th, 1988

Event Description: Franco Lifts Bulls

Source: Sarasota-Herald Tribune

Week #3 Saturday Game

Memphis 12
Jacksonville 15

Attendance: 44,557
Television: ESPN
Announcers: Roger Twibell/Mike Adamle

In a battle between kickers, Brian Franco booted five field goals to lift Jacksonville over Memphis, 15-12, at the Gator Bowl.

Ed Luther completed 28-of-52 passes for 361 yards and a pair of interceptions for the Bulls (3-0), who are tied with Tampa Bay atop the Southern Division standings.

Walter Lewis was 6-of-17 for 65 yards with 39 rushing yards for the Showboats (1-2), who have struggled out of the gate so far. 

The Showboats did get it going on the ground, finishing with 210 rushing yards.

The game was knotted at 12-12 early in the final quarter, but the Bulls ended the game with a 13-play 54-yard drive final field goal drive.

Nick Mike-Mayer provided all of the scoring for Memphis with field goals from 26, 50, 45 and 39 yards out.

Game Notes-Gill Fenerty led all rushers with 87 yards on 27 attempts...Alton Alexis piled up 143 receiving yards for Jacksonville, while Elmer Bailey added 116...John Corker led the Memphis defense with 10 tackles and one sack.

more to come...

Friday, April 17, 2015

'88 Chronology-Bandits Go 3-0!

Event Date: March 3rd,1988

Event Description: Bandits Win Third Straight

Source: Lakeland Ledger

Week #3 Thursday Game

New Jersey 24
Tampa Bay 30

Attendance: 45,546
Television: ESPN/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Tom Kelly/Don Heinrich

Ben Bennett threw for 188 yards and one touchdown pass as the Tampa Bay Bandits stayed undefeated with a 30-24 victory over the New Jersey Generals at Tampa Stadium.

Marvin Harvey caught six passes for 57 yards while Greg Allen broke the 100-yard rushing mark, totaling 107 with one touchdown on 12 carries for the Bandits (3-0).

"We had a couple of guys go down, and they had a couple guys go down. it was a physical football game," said head coach Steve Spurrier.

Doug Flutie passed for 175 yards and two scores on 12-of-23 efficiency, and Sam Bowers pulled in three passes for 84 yards and caught a touchdown for struggling New Jersey (0-3).

Game Notes-John Settle carried 23 times for 69 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown run, for the Bandits...Zenon Andrusyshyn was successful on all three field goal attempts...Marcus Marek tallied 12 tackles for New Jersey.

more to come...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

'88 Chronology-Week #3 Preview

Event Date: March 2nd, 1988

Event Description: Week #3 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #3 USFL Preview

(0-2) New Jersey at  (2-0) Tampa Bay (Bandits -16)

(1-1) Memphis at (2-0) Jacksonville (Bulls -8)

   (0-2) Baltimore at (0-2) Pittsburgh (Americans -9)
 (1-1) Michigan at (1-1) Philadelphia (Panthers -8)
    (1-1) Chicago at (2-0) Birmingham (Stallions -8)
   (1-1) Oakland at (2-0) Houston (Gamblers -8)
 (1-1) Portland at (0-2) Los Angeles (Storm -1)

Sunday Night
(1-1) Orlando at  (1-1) New Orleans (No Line)

 (1-1) Denver at (1-1) Arizona (Even)

more to come......

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

'88 Chronology-Week #2 Transactions

Event Date: March 1st, 1988

Event Description: Week #2 Transactions

Source: PFW

Arizona-Signed OL Jeff Wiska (NFL-Miami ’87).

Baltimore-Signed WR Danny Buggs (Bandits ’87).

Memphis-Signed TE Paul Ricker (Maulers ’87).

Orlando-Signed LB Sam Norris (Blitz Camp ’86).

Philadelphia-Signed DL Kit Lathrop (NFL-Washington ’87), placed RB Tony Collins and DL Elois Grooms on Injured Reserve.

Pittsburgh-Signed LB Tom Dinkel (Bulls ’87).

more to come......

Monday, April 13, 2015

'88 Chronology-Wranglers Rebound

Event Date: February 29th, 1988

Event Description: Reaves Sparks Wranglers

Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel

Week #2 Monday Game

Arizona 24
Michigan 16

Attendance: 31,884
Television: ESPN/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Jim Simpson/Paul McGuire

Willard Reaves carried the ball 16 times for 115 yards and a touchdown as the Arizona Wranglers downed the Michigan Panthers, 24-16, on Monday.

Rick Neuheisel completed 13-of-20 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown and Gordon Hudson caught three passes for 49 yards. Clarence Collins added two receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown for the Wranglers (1-1), who bounced back from a 27-14 loss to Oakland in Week 1.

Bob Gagliano completed 26-of-41 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown and Derek Holloway caught eight passes for 103 yards for the Panthers (1-1), who beat Memphis in Week 1. 

Novo Bojovic split the uprights from 28 yards out midway thru the first quarter before Max Zendejas nailed a 39-yarder at the 1:22 mark to tie things up at 3-3.

Arizona began its first touchdown scoring drive at its four-yard line after a botched kickoff return. The Wranglers then went on a 15-play, 96-yard drive which ended when Neuheisel found Collins for a 12-yard touchdown reception. 

Arizona added on in the closing minutes of the second quarter, when Reaves broke free for a 61-yard touchdown run, giving the visitors a 17-3 lead at the break.

Bojovic’s 25-yarder with 1:23 left in the third cut Arizona's lead to 17-6. 

The Panthers opened the scoring in the final frame with another field goal and a 17-9 deficit. The subsequent kickoff was then returned by Derek Hughes for a 98-yard score and a 24-9 Arizona edge.

Gagliano's one-yard touchdown pass with 5:41 left pulled Michigan within 24-16, but they would draw no closer.

Game Notes-Eric Truvillion finished with five receptions for 49 yards in the loss...the Wranglers lost wideout John Jefferson to injury in the second quarter.

more to come...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

'88 Chronology-Week #2 Sunday Games

Event Date: February 28th, 1988

Event Description: Week #2 USFL Action

Source: The Telegraph

Week #2 Sunday Games

New Jersey 10
Chicago 27

Attendance: 21,863
Television: ABC-National/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Keith Jackson/Lynn Swann

Larry Canada rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown to lead the Chicago Blitz past the New Jersey Generals, 27-10, at windy Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon.

Dieter Brock completed 23-of-27 passes for 212 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Sandro Frank Corral booted a pair of field goals for Chicago, which improved to 1-1 on the season.

Generals quarterback Doug Flutie was 17-of-39 for 205 yards with two interceptions and three sacks. Bobby Johnson scored the lone touchdown for the visitors. Bernie Ruoff kicked one field goal for New Jersey, which fell to 0-2.

Game Notes-The Generals committed seven penalties, gave up three sacks and turned the ball over three times...Walter Broughton led all receivers with 89 yards on four receptions.

Jacksonville 38
Baltimore 24

Attendance: 20,991
Television: RCA Satellite
Announcers: Larry Munson/Mel Arthur or Scott Garceau/Tom Matte

Ed Luther threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns as the Jacksonville Bulls held off a second-quarter charge from the Baltimore Americans to notch a 38-24 win at Memorial Stadium.

Luther finished 20-of-29 and was intercepted once for the Bulls (2-0), while Tommy Vigorito caught six passes for 69 yards and Tony Smith ran for three touchdowns in the win. Alton Alexis had two receptions for 64 yards and a score.

Babe Laufenberg was 27-of-48 for 230 yards and a score for the Americans (0-2). Ted Wilson caught six passes for 66 yards and a touchdown, while Walter Holman hauled in six passes for 51 yards.

Game Notes-Baltimore turned the ball over five times and were called for seven penalties...Amos Lawrence averaged eight yards per carry.

Memphis 9
Orlando 6

Attendance: 24,524
Television: ABC-Regional/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Bill Flemming/Lee Grosscup

Nick Mike-Mayer nailed three field goals to lead Memphis past Reggie Collier and the Orlando Renegades, 9-6.

Walter Lewis was 23-of-29 for 225 yards with one interception and four sacks. Lewis also rushed for only 30 yards on seven carries.

Alan Duncan hit a pair of field goals while quarterback Reggie Collier went just 8-for-23 for 79 yards with one interception and no touchdowns. Collier led all rushers with 55 yards on the ground.

Game Notes-Fernando Jackson and Don Reese combined for 25 yackles for Orlando...the Showboats lost fullback William Andrews to a knee injury in the third quarter.

Denver 13
Portland 16

Attendance: 17,998
Television: ABC-Regional/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Tim Brandt/Ron Mix

Dean Dorsey kicked three field goals to lead the Storm (1-1), to a 16-13 come from behind win against the heavily favored Denver Gold.

David Archer finished 15 of 38 for 178 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Reggie Brown with under two minutes remaining, tying the game at 13-13.

Portland went ahead for good with just 12 seconds remaining after Dorsey nailed a long field goal from 44-yards out.

Lonnie Harris caught a touchdown pass for the Gold (1-1), who were leading by ten at halftime.

Game Notes-Ray Crouse tallied 46 yards on the ground for the Storm...Dave Browning led the Portland defense with eleven tackles and one sack.

Houston 24
Los Angeles 18

Attendance: 19,375
Television: ABC-National/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Jim Lampley/Kevin Kiley

Jim Kelly's touchdown pass to Vince Courville late in the fourth quarter gave Houston the lead as the Gamblers went on to defeat the L.A. Express 24-18.

Kelly finished 33-of-54 for 375 yards with two touchdowns and three picks for the Gamblers (2-0), who sit atop the Central division with Birmingham. Courville had 78 yards on nine receptions for Houston, in addition Richard Johnson piled up 98 yards receiving on six grabs.

Todd Santos completed 19-of-32 passes for 183 yards with no touchdowns and one interception for Los Angeles, which fell to (0-2) on the season. David Hersey had nine catches for 81 yards for the Express, who failed to hold on to a nine-point halftime lead.

Houston's Efren Herrera made all three of his field goal attempts, while John Lee was six of six for Los Angeles.

Game Notes-Joey Walters finished with four receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown for the Gamblers.

Tampa Bay 17
Oakland 16

Attendance: 26,041
Television: TBS Cable/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Gary Bender/Craig Morton

Cris Collinsworth caught the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter and Ben Bennet threw for a pair of scores, as the Tampa Bay Bandits topped the Oakland Invaders, 17-16, at the Coliseum.

Bennett connected on 28-of-45 passes for 227 yards for the Bandits (2-0), who were coming off a season-opening win against Los Angeles. 

Greg Anderson had eight catches for 69 yards and a touchdown.

"The second half was a total team effort and it gave our guys a lot of confidence," Tampa coach Steve Spurrier said.

The Invaders (1-1), who beat Arizona in its season-opener, were outscored 17-3, in the second half. Fred Besana finished 24-of-39 for 270 yards with a touchdown and three sacks.

"Offensively we couldn't establish anything. We only had two opportunities in the third quarter and we were two plays and out both times," Oakland head coach Charlie Sumner said. 

Game Notes-Oakland finished with more net yards, 359-301, and held the ball for 37 minutes as compared to just under 23 for Tampa Bay.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

'88 Chronology-Steady Stallions

Event Date: February 27th, 1988

Event Description: Stars Fall to Stallions

Source: The Tuscaloosa News

Week #2 Saturday Game

Philadelphia 16
Birmingham 40

Attendance: 36,308
Television: ESPN
Announcers: Tom Kelly/Don Heinrich

Cliff Stoudt passed for 156 yards and one touchdown and Bill Johnson rushed for a pair of scores as the Birmingham Stallions rolled to a 40-16 win over the Philadelphia Stars on Saturday.

Johnson carried 22 times for 94 yards in the win and Tony Truelove had two scores of his own while piling up 68 yards rushing for the hosts.

Stoudt was 14-of-15 without an interception, while Philadelphia quarterback Chuck Fusina went 13-for-22 for 140 yards, one touchdown and one pick while under a lot of pressure.

Philadelphia coach Vince Tobin said his team didn't practice well during the week, but he was surprised by the blowout. "You have to be perfect against a team like Birmingham," he said.  "We didn't think the game would turn out like this. Some weeks you have bad practices and you play a good game, and other weeks you have good practices and play a bad game."

The Stallions had a 19-3 lead at halftime and never looked back.

Game Notes-The Stallions finished with 221 yards rushing on 46 attempts...Jim Smith led all receivers with 60 yards on five receptions.

more to come...

Friday, April 10, 2015

'88 Chronology-Breakers Bounce Back

Event Date: February 25th, 1988

Event Description: Breakers Maul Pittsburgh

Source: Times Picayune 

Week #2 Thursday Game

Pittsburgh 7
New Orleans 34

Attendance: 32,338
Television: ESPN/RCA Satellite*
Announcers: Roger Twibell/Mike Adamle/*John Sanders/Steve Talbot

David Woodley tossed three touchdown passes to lead New Orleans over Pittsburgh by a score of  34-7, to open the second week of USFL action.

Woodley was 15-of-22 for 149 yards and one interception for the Breakers (1-1), who picked up their first win of the season after dropping the season opener, 14-13, to Birmingham. 

Pittsburgh starter, Scott Campbell, was pulled in the second half for the struggling Maulers (0-2). In his second start, Campbell completed 9-of-19 passes for only 134 yards with three interceptions and one sack.

The Maulers turned the ball over four times, producing 17 points for New Orleans.

Game Notes-Toussaint Tyler led all rushers with 86 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown run...Malcolm Barnwell caught two of Woodley’s touchdown passes.

more to come...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

'88 Chronology-Week #2 Preview

Event Date: February 24th, 1988

Event Description: Week #2 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #2 USFL Preview

(0-1) Pittsburgh at  (0-1) New Orleans (Breakers -13)

(1-0) Philadelphia at (1-0) Birmingham (Stars -4)

  (1-0) Jacksonville at (0-1) Baltimore (Bulls -10)
 (0-1) New Jersey at (0-1) Chicago (Blitz -2)
   (0-1) Memphis at (1-0) Orlando (‘Gades -12)
  (1-0) Houston at (0-1) Los Angeles (Gamblers -11)
(1-0) Denver at (0-1) Portland (Gold -18)

Sunday Night
 (1-0) Tampa Bay at (1-0) Oakland (Bandits -3)

(0-1) Arizona at (1-0) Michigan (Panthers -18)
more to come......

'88 Chronology-Week #1 Transactions

Event Date: February 23rd, 1988

Event Description: Week #1 Transactions

Source: PFW

Baltimore-Placed WR Ricky Simmons on P.U.P. List.

Jacksonville-Activated RB-WR Gerald Harris from Taxi Squad.

Michigan-Signed QB Whit Taylor (Arena League ’87), placed QB Dave Yarema on Injured List.

Pittsburgh-Placed RB Eddie Meyers on Injured Reserve (9 games); activated RB-KR Charles Gladman.

more to come......

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

'88 Chronology-Monday Night Opener

Event Date: February 22nd, 1988

Event Description: Bulls Edge Generals

Source: Herald-Journal News

Week #1 Monday Game

Jacksonville 22
New Jersey 20

Attendance: 40,408
Television: ESPN/RCA Satellite
Announcers: Jim Simpson/Paul McGuire

Brian Franco's fifth field goal, a 34- yarder with just 28 seconds left, lifted Jacksonville to a 22-20 win over New Jersey in the USFL's Monday night season-opener at Giants Stadium.

Quarterback Ed Luther completed 24-of-38 passes for 242 yards in the victory, while Amos Lawrence had eight receptions for 71 yards, alongside 49 yards rushing.

Ex-CFL star Bernie Ruoff kicked a pair of field goals and Doug Flutie tossed two touchdown passes for the Generals (0-1), who go into their first season without former star Herschel Walker.

The Bulls went ahead 3-0 just 1:32 into the first quarter when Brian Franco nailed a 34 yard field goal after a long kickoff return by specialist Eric Robinson.

Consecutive scores by Alton Alexis and Franco pushed Jacksonville out to a 13-0 lead as the second quarter opened.

The Generals responded when Doug Flutie found Sam Bowers down the sideline for a 43-yard score with 9:42 left in the half, then Franco booted a 24-yard field goal later in the quarter to give the Bulls a 16-7 halftime advantage.

Walter Broughton’s 24-yard reception led to Flutie's nine-yard touchdown run. The score, with just 24 seconds remaining in the third frame, pulled the Generals within 16-14.

Bernie Ruoff added a 37-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to give New Jersey a 17-16 lead with just over six minutes left to play.

The teams then exchanged field goals as New Jersey led 20-19 with just 1:56 remaining.

On Jacksonville's final possession, quarterback Ed Luther completed a 23- yard pass to Alton Alexis that gave set up the game winning field goal for Franco.

Flutie led all rushers with 89 yards on thirteen attempts...the teams combined for 700 yards of net offense.

more to come...