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Express 38, Gunslingers 7

March 17, 1985

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Quarterback Steve Young ran for one touchdown and threw for another Saturday as the Los Angeles Express scored a team-record 38 points for its first United States Football League victory, a 38-7 breeze over the San Antonio Gunslingers.

The Gunslingers avoided a shutout by scoring with 3:07 to play on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Fred Mortensen to Danny Buggs. Otherwise, the game belonged to Los Angeles, with Young completing 10 of 18 passes for 128 yards in just over three quarters of work.

The victory before 11,757 at the Coliseum was the first for the Express in four games, while San Antonio fell to 1-3.

The Express rolled to a 17-0 lead in the first half, the defense twice intercepting San Antonio quarterbacks to set up a touchdown and a field goal.

Young gave his team a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter on a 2-yard bootleg. Andy Melontree set up the drive with an interception and a return to the San Antonio 11-yard line. Three plays later, Young rolled untouched around left end for the score.

Two series later, Mel Gray got a key block from Toddie Bodie and ran 25 yards up the right side to pad the lead to 14-0 with 1:53 left in the half.

The Express got the ball back on San Antonio’s 30-yard line four plays later when Darrell Patillo grabbed his first of two interceptions. Seven plays later, Tony Zendejas kicked a 40-yard field and the score was 17-0 with just 10 seconds left.

Starting the second half, the Express moved the ball 77 yards in 8:23 before running back Kirby Warren went over from the 1-yard line and increased the lead to 24-0.

The Express quickly made it 31-0 when Young passed 16 yards to Jojo Townsell with 2:04 left in the third quarter. They added a final touchdown with 10:30 left in the game when reserve safety John Higgins recovered a wild pitchout from San Antonio quarterback Rick Neuheisel in the end zone.

Through three quarters, San Antonio amassed only 37 yards passing and 29 yards rushing and didn’t pass midfield until less than six minutes were left in the game.

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