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

Rule changes

Adopted instant replay for the 1985 season. Under the instant-replay rule, a team may have one appeal per half in three situations: *A fumble or no-fumble situation. *Whether a pass is complete, incomplete or intercepted. *Whether the ball has penetrated the goal line. The team asking for the replay would lose a time out if they were wrong. The replay was available only in games televised by ABC.

Franchise changes

*Pittsburgh Maulers fold. *Chicago Blitz suspend operations. *Michigan Panthers merge with the Oakland Invaders. *Arizona Wranglers and the Oklahoma Outlaws merge and create the Arizona Outlaws. *New Orleans Breakers relocate to Portland, Oregon as the Portland Breakers. *Philadelphia Stars move games to College Park, Maryland with plans to move to Baltimore in 1986, team is renamed the Baltimore Stars. *Washington Federals are sold and relocate to Orlando, Florida as the Orlando Renegades.

General news

August 22, 1984, the owners voted to move to a fall schedule starting in 1986. Harry Usher became the new commissioner of the USFL in January 1985. The USFL and the United States Football League Players Association (USFLPA) agreed on a four-year agreement in March 1985.
/ref> On April 29, 1985, the league's owners voted 13-2 to reaffirm their decision to begin playing a fall season in 1986.

Regular season

''W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against'' '' = Division Champion, = Wild Card'' ''New Jersey finished ahead of Memphis based on a head-to-head tiebreaker advantage (2-0-0).''

Playoffs

''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



1985 regular season stat leaders



1985 USFL regular season sortable offensive team statistics



1985 USFL regular season sortable defensive team statistics



Awards

*WR Richard Johnson (wide receiver)|Richard Johnson, HOU *WR Jim Smith, BIRM *TE Marvin Harvey, TB *T Irv Eatman, BAL *T Ray Pinney, OAKL *G Buddy Aydelette, BIRM *G Pat Saindon, BIRM *C Kent Hull, NJ *QB Jim Kelly, HOU *HB Herschel Walker, NJ *HB Gary Anderson, TB *DE James Lockette, NJ *DE Bruce Thornton, DENV *DT Reggie White, MEM *DT Dave Tipton, AZ *LB Sam Mills, BAL *LB Kiki DeAyala, HOU *CB Kerry Justin, NJ *CB David Martin, DENV/AZ *S Chuck Clanton, BIRM *S Mike Lush, BAL *K Brian Franco, JACK *KR Clarence Verdin, HOU *P Stan Talley, OAKL *PR Gerald McNeil, HOU *MVP – HB Herschel Walker, NJ *Coach of the year – Rollie Dotsch, BIRM *Special Teams Player of the year – WR Clarence Verdin, HOU *WR Richard Johnson, HOU *WR Jim Smith, BIRM *WR Anthony Carter, OAKL *TE Gordon Hudson, LA *T Irv Eatman BAL *T Gary Zimmerman, LA *G Buddy Aydelette, BIRM *G Pat Saindon, BIRM *C Kent Hull, NJ *QB Jim Kelly, HOU *HB Herschel Walker, NJ *HB Gary Anderson, TB *DE Reggie White, MEM *DE William Fuller, BAL *DT Jearld Baylis, PORT *DT Doug Smith, BIRM *OLB Herb Spencer, BIRM *OLB Andy Hawkins, HOU *ILB Sam Mills, BAL *ILB John Nevens, DENV *ILB Howard Carson, LA *CB Jerry Holmes, NJ *CB David Martin, DENV/AZ *S Barney Bussey, MEM *S Chuck Clanton, BIRM *K Tony Zendejas, LA *KR Clarence Verdin, HOU *P Stan Talley, OAKL *PR Gerald McNeil, HOU *Player of the year—HB Herschel Walker, NJ *Coach of the year -- Rollie Dotsch, BIRM *Executive of the year -- Jerry Sklar, BIRM

See also

* 1985 NFL season

References

{{1985 USFL season by team United States Football League 1985