Orlando 37, Tampa Bay 7
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The Renegades’ defense scored twice and quarterback Reggie Collier passed for three touchdowns as Orlando upset injury-ridled the Tampa Bay Bandits 37-7 in a United States Football League game Saturday night.
Collier, the third-year pro from Southern Mississippi, hit on 17 of 30 passes for 214 yards as Orlando improved its record to 4-11.
The loss was the Bandits’ third in a row, and dropped them to 9-6, third in the USFL East.
Tampa Bay, without the services of four of its top five tacklers for most of the night, never seriously threatened the Renegades.
Orlando scored on four of its five first-half possessions, and it registered the most productive 30 minutes in the history of the young franchise.
The Renegades scored on their first possession when Collier passed 16 yards to Jerry Parrish with 8:42 left in the first quarter.
On the next possession Orlando drove 73 yards in 13 plays for another touchdown. Collier swept right in on a pass-run option for the final five yards. The touchdown came with 2:13 gone in the second quarter.
Victor Jackson’s interception of a Bandit pass gave Orlando the ball again, and it took Collier just three plays to get the Renegades into the end zone. A 21-yard pass to Parrish and a 2-yard run set up Collier’s 20-yard pass to Joey Walters for the touchdown.
The Bandits then drove 75 yards in five plays with Gary Anderson running untouched off left tackle for a 5-yard touchdown.
Keith Clark intercepted a Collier pass on the next Renegade possession, but Jeff George picked off a Reaves pass on the next play to give Orlando the ball at its own five.
After that drive stalled, Orlando punted but Anderson fumbled the return and the Renegades’ Bruce Byrom recovered at the Bandits’ 13.
With ten seconds left in the half, Collier passed eight yards to Jackie Flowers to make the score 28-7.
Orlando added a safety in the third quarter when Scott Hutchinson tackled Reaves in the end zone.
Orlando added its final points as Tampa Bay was trying for a consolation touchdown. Spencer Jackson threw a pass on a double reverse, but Lupe Sanchez intercepted and returned the ball 88 yards with 3:29 left.