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USFL Roundup : Anderson Runs for 162 Yards to Lead Bandits to 23-13 Win

March 17, 1985|From Times Wire Services

Gary Anderson rushed for 162 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown run, to lead the Tampa Bay Bandits to a 23-13 United States Football League victory over the Arizona Outlaws Saturday at Tampa, Fla.

Anderson's scoring run capped the Bandits' opening drive and gave them a lead the Outlaws could never erase, despite frantic attempts by Arizona quarterback Doug Williams.

The Bandit defense, thinned by injuries to two starters during the game, intercepted Williams twice, both times in the Bandit end zone, and sacked him three times.

Bandit quarterback John Reaves appeared erratic at times but duplicated some of his heroics against San Antonio last week, completing 18 of 36 passes for 204 yards, with only one sack and no interceptions.

The victory evened Arizona's record at 2-2, while the Bandits rose to 3-1. Officials announced that 41,381 tickets had been distributed, but the crowd on the sunny afternoon appeared to be substantially fewer.

Arizona scored all of its points in the second half as Luis Zendejas kicked field goals of 28 and 38 yards after Kevin Long scored on an 11-yard run at the start of the third period.

Tampa Bay's Zenon Andrusyshyn kicked field goals of 43, 42 and 20 yards to secure the Bandits' lead. Reaves also threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Eric Truvillon.

Portland 23, Orlando 17--Running back Buford Jordan ran for 175 yards and Tim Mazzetti kicked field goals of 35, 30 and 43 yards as the Breakers held off the winless Renegades at Portland.

The Renegades nearly pulled off a miracle finish when Victor Jackson raced 71 yards on a punt return, bouncing the ball off the turf and catching it en route, but Portland's Robert Pennywell made a desperation, game-saving tackle at the Breaker 14-yard line as the game ended.

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