Bobby Scott completed 13 straight passes as he quarterbacked three scoring drives and Herschel Walker ran 80 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown yesterday as the New Jersey Generals defeated the Gold, 34-29, in Denver.
The Generals (3-6) held a 27-22 lead when Walker, limited to 76 yards until midway through the final quarter, ran over a would-be tackler at the line of scrimmage and burst through the Denver secondary en route to his touchdown with 6:41 left. The league's leading rusher finished with 172 yards on 29 carries and raised his season total to 1,023.
The 80-yard run also made Walker the first back to gain more than 1,000 yards in the USFL's first season.
Denver (4-5) marched 65 yards for a subsequent score, with quarterback Ken Johnson plunging over for the touchdown, but the Generals kept the ball the last four minutes.
Scott began his streak midway through the second period. Fullback Maurice Carthon ended the first drive with a two-yard run and Scott completed nine passes on the Generals' next series, the touchdown coming on a two-yard throw to wide receiver Tom McConnaughey. Then Carthon scored on a one-yard run.
New Jersey safety Eric Johnson scooped up a fumble and ran 43 yards to put his team ahead, 27-15.
Denver, with a long march in the final quarter that ended with Larry Canada's 11-yard run, closed to 27-22. Walker scored 20 seconds later.