Knights 41, Machine 21
May. 23, 1992
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Eric Wilkerson caught two touchdown passes before being ejected in the third quarter and the New York-New Jersey Knights defeated Montreal 41-21 Saturday to end the season on a six-game winning streak.
The World League of American Football season-finale meant nothing for either team and it was played that way on a hot, humid day, when field temperatures at Giants Stadium reached more than 120 degrees.
Besides the third-quarter ejection of Wilkerson for throwing a ball into the helmet of Montreal linebacker Ray Savage, the game featured 24 penalties for 212 yards, five turnovers and took three hours, 24 minutes to play.
ABC, which was televising the game regionally, pulled out of its coverage early in the fourth quarter to show the LPGA Women's Skins event.
The Knights, who were eliminated from playoff contention last weekend, built a 34-7 lead early in the third quarter. New York-New Jersey (6-4) almost gave it away in the final 27 minutes before handing Montreal (2-8) its sixth straight loss.
Wilkerson put the Knights ahead for good, 14-7, on a 27-yard shovel pass from Reggie Slack on the first play of the second quarter.
Davis Smith broke the game open later in the quarter by returning a punt 60 yards for a touchdown and later adding a 40-yard runback that set up a 10-yard scoring pass from Doug Pederson to Wilkerson. Smith finished the game with six returns for a league-record 142 yards, breaking the mark of 122 he set earlier this year.
Slack, who scored on a 7-yard run in the first quarter, tore a ligament in his left knee on his run and left the game early in the second quarter.
Pederson threw a 65-yard TD pass to Victor Floyd late in the game.
Michael Proctor threw touchdown passes of 45 yards to Andre Brown and nine yards to Pete Mandley, who also had catch for a 2-point conversion. Aaron Emanuel also ran seven yards for a touchdown.