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World League of American Football NFL Europe Recap (Scot Claymores-Barcelona)

Posted: Sun June 6, 1999 at 8:20 p.m. EDT


BARCELONA, Spain (Ticker) -- Lawrence Phillips capped the greatest comeback in NFL Europe history with a 72-yard touchdown run with 1:50 left to lead the Barcelona Dragons to a stunning 42-35 victory over the Scottish Claymores.

Barcelona (6-2) trailed 28-3 in the first half before Phillips, who had 188 yards, helped rally the Dragons by tying the league mark with three touchdowns. He also eclipsed the NFL Europe single-season records for rushing yards (893), rushing touchdowns (10) and total touchdowns (10). He added 77 yards receiving.

The previous single-season rushing record was held by former Claymore Siran Stacy at 785.

After blowing the lead, the Claymores (4-4) were driving for the potential go-ahead score but turned over the ball for the third straight possession when French defensive back Greg Malo intercepted Dameyune Craig in the end zone with 3:01 remaining. Phillips scored on the winning burst 71 seconds later.

Craig connected with Kevin Drake on a 48-yard scoring pass with 81 seconds left in the first half to push Scotland's lead to 28-3 and apparently put away the game.

Barcelona appeared to get back that scored on a touchdown catch from Todd Bouman, but the play was nullified by a holding penalty. The Dragons managed and important touchdown two seconds before halftime as Bouman connected with Brian Finneran on a 20-yard TD pass.

Phillips scored on a four-yard run 5:11 into the third quarter and turned a short pass from Bouman into a long gain to set up Jesus Angoy's 36-yard field goal with four minutes left to slice the deficit to 28-20.

Scotland pushed the lead to 15 points when Jesse Haynes scored on a two-yard run with 1:14 left in the third quarter, but Phillips ran in from 13 yards on a draw with 11:07 left in the game and Bouman hit Finneran with a pass for a two-point conversion to make it 35-28.

Bouman hooked up with Scott Dragos on a 22-yard scoring strike midway through the fourth quarter to tie it, 35-35. The score was set up when Craig fumbled away the ball.

Craig opened the scoring 9:40 into the game with a 12-yard touchdown run and Angoy hit a 49-yard field goal less than four minutes later to make it 7-3.

Craig, allocated by the Carolina Panthers, threw scoring passes of six yards to Donald Sellers, four to Haynes and 48 to Drake in a span of less than four minutes in the second quarter to push the lead to 28-3. Haynes' reception, off a tip, came after linebacker Matt Finkes stripped the ball from Phillips and Englishman Tom Tovo returned the ball to the Barcelona 10.

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