Mike Kelley threw three first-quarter touchdown passes -- two of them to Derrick Crawford -- and Memphis stymied Tampa Bay's second-ranked offense last as the Showboats cruised to a 38-14 U.S. Football League victory in Tampa.
The win was the fourth straight since Kelley replaced Walter Lewis -- the USFL's top-rated passer -- at quarterback, and moved the Showboats (8-5) within one game of the Eastern Conference-leading Bandits (9-4).
Kelley completed 20 of 28 passes for a team-record 290 yards. He tossed touchdown passes of 17 and five yards to Crawford within 2:02 of the opening period, and later threw a 13-yarder to Greg Moser for a 21-0 Memphis lead.
The Showboats led, 24-7, when Leonard Coleman grabbed a fumble on the second-half kickoff and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown.
Kelley also directed a 10-play, 80-yard drive leading to Tim Spencer's two-yard touchdown run and a 38-7 lead with 3:04 left in the third quarter.
Bandits quarterback John Reaves threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Eric Truvillion late in the second quarter, but had two passes intercepted in the end zone. Reaves finished with 22 completions in 39 attempts for 203 yards.
"I guess tonight's game is a good example of how poorly we can play," Tampa Bay Coach Steve Spurrier said. "We were ready for a good one, but we stunk the joint out."