Renegades 21, Gunslingers 20
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Quarterback Reggie Collier accounted for three first-half touchdowns and the Orlando defense held off a furious second-half rally as the Renegades took a 21-20 United States Football League victory over San Antonio Monday night.
Collier hit on 16 of 28 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran 4 yards for the Renegades’ final touchdown.
But the Renegades didn’t lock up the victory until a fourth-down pass from San Antanio quarterback Rich Neuheisel fell short of receiver Don Roberts deep in Orlando territory with time running out.
The victory ran Orlando’s season record to 3-9, the same as the Gunslingers.
Orlando’s touchdowns were lightning quick, while the Gunslingers scored on long drives.
The Renegades scored midway through the first quarter when Collier hit seldom-used wide receiver Jerry Parrish with a 50-yard scoring strike. The reception was Parrish’s fifth of the season.
Orlando scored again, with 4:32 gone in the second quarter, when Jackie Flowers took a pass from Collier, broke a tackle and turned the play into a 45-yard touchdown.
The Gunslingers got untracked on their next possession, driving 74 yards in 13 plays with Scott Stamper running the final yard up the middle. Nick Mike- Mayer missed the extra point and the score stayed 14-6 with 6:48 left in the first half.
Orlando scored what turned out to be the winning points with 24 seconds left in the half. Starting at their own 15-yard line after a Mike-Mayer punt, the Renegades put on a perfect display of their two-minute offense.
Collier hit on five straight passes and skirted the right end for the final 4 yards. The drive took just 1:23 and Jeff Brockhaus’ kick made it 21-6.
On their first possession of the second half, the Gunslingers marched 71 yards on nine plays for their second touchdown. Stamper scored on a 2-yard run to end the six-minute drive.
Neuheisel passed to Frank Lockett for the two-point conversion to make it 21-14.
San Antonio’s final points of the night came when George Works broke through the middle of the Orlando line on a 30-yard scoring run to cap a 64- yard drive with 46 seconds left in the third quarter. But the extra point attempt was botched when Rich Garza’s snap on the extra point attempt bounced before it got to the holder.