1985 USFL season

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1985 United States Football League season
Regular season
Duration February – June 1985
Playoffs
Start date June 30, 1985
Eastern Conference champions Birmingham Stallions
Western Conference champions Oakland Invaders
Championship
Date July 14, 1985
Site Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Champions Baltimore Stars
1984  USFL seasons

The 1985 USFL season was the third and final season of the United States Football League.

Regular season[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

  y  = Division Champion,   x  = Wild Card

Eastern Conference
Team W L T PCT PF PA Stadium 1985 Capacity Avg. Att. Avg. % Filled Coach
y-Birmingham Stallions 13 5 0 .722 436 299 Legion Field 77,000 32,065 42% Rollie Dotsch
x-New Jersey Generals 11 7 0 .611 418 378 Meadowlands 76,891 41,268 54% Walt Michaels
x-Memphis Showboats 11 7 0 .611 429 337 Liberty Bowl 50,180 30,948 62% Pepper Rodgers
x-Baltimore Stars 10 7 1 .583 368 260 Byrd 51,500 14,275 28% Jim Mora
x-Tampa Bay Bandits 10 8 0 .556 405 422 Tampa 72,812 45,220 62% Steve Spurrier
Jacksonville Bulls 9 9 0 .500 407 402 Gator Bowl 80,100 44,325 55% Lindy Infante
Orlando Renegades 5 13 0 .278 308 481 Citrus Bowl 52,000 24,136 46% Lee Corso
Western Conference
Team W L T PCT PF PA Stadium 1985 Capacity Avg. Att. Avg. % Filled Coach
y-Oakland Invaders 13 4 1 .750 473 359 Oakland Coliseum 54,615 17,509 32% Charlie Sumner
x-Denver Gold 11 7 0 .611 433 389 Mile High 75,123 14,446 19% Darrell "Mouse" Davis
x-Houston Gamblers 10 8 0 .556 544 388 Astrodome 47,695 19,120 40% Jack Pardee
Arizona Outlaws 8 10 0 .444 376 405 Sun Devil 70,030 17,881 26% Frank Kush
Portland Breakers 6 12 0 .333 275 422 Civic 32,500 19,919 61% Dick Coury
San Antonio Gunslingers 5 13 0 .278 296 436 Alamo 32,000 11,721 37% Jim Bates/Gil Steinke
Los Angeles Express 3 15 0 .167 266 456 LA Coliseum 94,000 8415 9% John Hadl

Playoffs[edit]

Home team in CAPITALS

Quarterfinals June 29–30 and July 1

  • BIRMINGHAM 22, Houston 20
  • MEMPHIS 48, Denver 7
  • OAKLAND 30, Tampa Bay 27
  • Baltimore 20, NEW JERSEY 17

Semifinals July 6–7

  • Baltimore 28, BIRMINGHAM 14
  • Oakland 28, MEMPHIS 19

USFL Championship game July 14 (at East Rutherford, New Jersey)

  • Baltimore 28, OAKLAND 24

Statistics[edit]

1985 regular season stat leaders[edit]

1985 Passing Stats (all)
Name, Team Att Comp % yards YDs/Att TD TD % INT INT % Rating
Walter Lewis, MEM 184 97 52.7 1593 8.66 16 8.7 5 2.7 99.8
Jim Kelly, HOU 567 360 63.5 4623 8.15 39 6.9 19 3.4 97.9
Fred Besana, OAK 58 34 58.6 494 8.51 6 10.3 4 6.9 92.2
Brian Sipe, JACK 89 55 61.8 685 7.97 4 4.5 2 2.2 91.3
Cliff Stoudt, BIRM 444 266 59.9 3358 7.56 34 7.7 19 4.3 91.2
Tim Riordan, PHIL 36 21 58.3 260 7.22 1 2.8 0 0.0 90.0
Bobby Hebert, OAK 456 244 53.5 3811 8.36 30 6.6 19 4.2 86.1
Chuck Fusina, PHIL 496 303 61.1 3496 7.05 20 4.0 14 2.8 84.0
Mike Kelley, MEM 260 165 63.5 2186 8.41 9 3.5 14 5.4 79.1
Bob Lane, BIRM 33 18 54.5 255 7.73 1 3.0 1 3.0 77.2
Doug Williams, ARZ 509 271 53.2 3673 7.22 21 4.1 17 3.3 76.4
Bob Gagliano, DENV 358 205 57.3 2695 7.53 13 3.6 17 4.7 73.5
John Reaves, TB 561 314 56.0 4193 7.47 25 4.5 29 5.2 73.2
Ed Luther, JACK 400 240 60.0 2792 6.98 15 3.8 21 5.3 71.8
Todd Dillon, HOU 225 121 53.8 1495 6.65 9 4.0 9 4.0 71.3
Rick Neuheisel, SA 421 239 56.8 3068 7.29 18 4.3 25 5.9 69.3
Doug Flutie, NJ 281 134 47.7 2109 7.51 13 4.6 14 5.0 67.8
Rick Johnson, ARZ 43 21 48.8 318 7.40 3 7.0 3 7.0 67.8
Reggie Collier, ORL 427 229 53.6 2578 6.04 13 3.0 16 3.7 66.5
Vince Evans, DENV 325 157 48.3 2259 6.95 12 3.7 16 4.9 63.1
Steve Young, LA 250 137 54.8 1741 6.97 6 2.4 13 5.2 63.1
Matt Robinson, POR 310 156 50.3 2182 7.04 15 4.8 20 6.5 62.6
Buck Belue, JACK 68 37 54.4 299 4.40 3 4.4 3 4.4 62.1
Jerry Golsteyn, ORL 135 65 48.1 647 4.79 4 3.0 7 5.2 50.4
Jimmy Jordan, TB 93 54 58.1 601 6.46 3 3.2 11 11.8 48.6
Doug Woodward, POR 155 62 40.0 831 5.36 3 1.9 6 3.9 48.1
Frank Seurer, LA 242 120 49.6 1479 6.11 7 2.9 18 7.4 47.5
Fred Mortensen, SA 57 20 35.1 204 3.58 1 1.8 4 7.0 22.8
1985 Rushing leaders
Name, Team Att Yds Ave. TDs
Herschel Walker, NJ 438 2411 5.5 21
Mike Rozier, JACK 320 1361 4.3 12
Bill Johnson, DENV 212 1261 5.9 15
Kelvin Bryant, PHIL 238 1207 5.1 12
Gary Anderson, TB 276 1207 4.4 16
Joe Cribbs, BIRM 267 1047 3.9 7
Otis Brown, AZ 229 1031 4.5 12
Albert Bentley, OAK 191 1020 5.3 4
John Williams, OAK 186 857 4.6 9
Buford Jordan, PORT 165 817 5.0 5
Tim Spencer, MEM 198 789 4.0 3
Curtis Bledsoe, ORL 207 781 3.8 3
Maurice Carthon, NJ 175 726 4.1 6
Reggie Collier, ORL 92 606 6.6 12
Walter Lewis, MEM 65 591 9.1 4
Greg Boone, TB 111 559 5.0 3
Allen Harvin, PHIL 138 549 4.0 4
George Works, SA 93 542 5.8 1
Mel Gray, LA 125 526 4.2 1
1985 Receiving Leaders
Name, Team Rec Yds Ave. TDs
Richard Johnson, HOU 103 1384 13.4 14
Leonard Harris, DENV 101 1432 14.2 8
Jim Smith, BIRM 87 1322 15.2 20
Clarence Verdin, HOU 84 1004 12.0 9
Alton Alexis, JACK 83 1118 13.5 5
Marc Lewis, DENV 75 1207 16.1 6
Scott Fitzkee, PHIL 73 882 12.1 3
Gary Anderson, TB 72 678 9.4 4
Derrick Crawford, MEM 70 1057 15.1 9
Anthony Carter, OAK 70 1323 18.9 14
Larry Brodsky, TB 69 1071 15.5 7
Gordon Banks, OAK 62 1115 18.0 5
Perry Kemp, JACK 59 915 15.5 4
Marvin Harvey, TB 59 723 12.3 3
Gerald McNeil, HOU 58 1017 17.5 6
Joey Walters, ORL 58 784 13.5 5
Greg Moser, MEM 57 1145 20.1 6
Vincent White, DENV 55 666 12.1 5
Alphonso Williams, AZ 55 1020 18.5 8
Mark Keel, JACK 53 585 11.0 0
Don Roberts, SA 53 653 12.3 4
Sam Harrell, HOU 51 491 9.6 2
Greg Anderson, AZ 51 915 17.9 5
Mike Rozier, JACK 50 366 7.3 3
JoJo Townsell, LA 47 777 16.5 6
Derek Holloway, OAK 47 824 17.5 7
Jerry Gordon, SA 44 693 15.8 7
Ken Dunek, PHIL 44 508 11.5 0
Frank Lockett, PORT/SA 43 794 18.5 3
J. Jones, BIRM 43 751 17.5 7
Jeff Smith, ORL 42 521 12.4 1
Dan Ross, PORT 41 522 12.7 5

1985 USFL regular season sortable offensive team statistics[edit]

Team Pts. Ave. Rank Total
Yards
Ave. Rank Rush.
Yards
Ave. Rank Pass.
Yards
Ave. Rank
Houston 544 30.2 1 7032 391 1 1192 66 14 5840 324 1
Oakland 473 26.3 2 6354 353 4 2362 131 5 3992 222 4
Birmingham 436 24.2 3 5852 325 8 2463 137 3 3389 188 9
Denver 433 24.1 4 6629 368 3 2079 116 7 4550 253 3
Memphis 429 23.8 5 6201 345 5 2775 154 2 3426 190 8
New Jersey 418 23.2 6 6149 342 6 3763 209 1 2386 133 14
Jacksonville 407 22.6 7 5752 320 10 1998 111 11 3754 209 6
Tampa Bay 405 22.5 8 6709 373 2 2070 115 8 4639 258 2
Arizona 376 20.9 9 5804 322 9 2019 112 10 3785 210 5
Baltimore 368 20.4 10 5926 329 7 2420 134 4 3506 195 7
Orlando 308 17.1 11 4611 256 13 1818 101 12 2793 155 12
San Antonio 296 16.4 12 4597 255 14 1777 99 13 2820 157 11
Portland 275 15.3 13 5029 279 11 2041 113 9 2988 166 10
Los Angeles 266 14.8 14 4707 262 12 2087 116 6 2620 146 13

1985 USFL regular season sortable defensive team statistics[edit]

Team Pts. Ave. Rank Total
Yards
Ave. Rank Rush.
Yards
Ave. Rank Pass.
Yards
Ave. Rank
Baltimore 260 14.4 1 5291 294 2 2045 114 6 3246 180 3
Birmingham 299 16.6 2 4829 268 1 1807 100 1 3022 168 1
Memphis 337 18.7 3 5327 296 3 1897 105 3 3430 191 5
Oakland 359 19.9 4 5584 310 5 1832 102 2 3752 208 10
New Jersey 378 21.0 5 5685 316 7 1959 109 5 3726 207 9
Houston 388 21.6 6 6298 350 13 2168 120 8 4130 229 13
Denver 389 21.6 7 5924 329 8 2172 121 9 3752 208 11
Jacksonville 402 22.3 8 6121 340 10 2559 142 13 3562 198 7
Arizona 405 22.5 9 5518 307 4 2291 127 10 3227 179 2
Tampa Bay 422 23.4 10 5949 331 9 2390 133 12 3559 198 6
Portland 422 23.4 11 6177 343 11 2344 130 11 3833 213 12
San Antonio 436 24.2 12 5645 314 6 1949 108 4 3696 205 8
Los Angeles 456 25.3 13 6273 349 12 2132 118 7 4141 230 14
Orlando 481 26.7 14 6731 374 14 3319 184 14 3412 190 4

Awards[edit]

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