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NFL Europe Recap (Rhein-Barcelona)
Posted: Sat June 12, 1999 at 5:24 p.m. EDTRHEIN 59, BARCELONA 14
BARCELONA, Spain (Ticker) -- The Barcelona Dragons were emphatically denied the chance to clinch a place in the World Bowl as the Rhein Fire ran up the highest score in league history with a spectacular display of offensive fireworks. Quarterback Jim Arellanes threw four touchdowns and ran for one score while running back Kenny Bynum overshadowed record-breaker Lawrence Phillips with a three-touchdown performance as the Fire rolled to a 59-14 rout of the Dragons. While all eyes were on Phillips' attempt to become the first player in NFL Europe history to gain 1,000 yards in a single season, Bynum, allocated by the San Diego Chargers, rushed for more than 100 yards and two scores and caught a touchdown pass, tying the league record with three touchdowns in a game. The Fire eclipsed the Orlando Thunder's 58-point mark against Raleigh-Durham in the second week of the 1991 season and kept alive their hopes of defending their World Bowl crown in front of their own fans in Dusseldorf on June 27. The Dragons need to win at Frankfurt next week to clinch a spot in the championship game. The Fire used up more than seven minutes on their opening drive as Arellanes and Bynum led their team to a 22-yard field goal by 49-year-old kicker Manfred Burgsmuller, who set a league record with eight PATs. Alonzo Johnson turned a short pass from Todd Bouman into a 65-yard touchdown to give Barcelon the lead, but the Fire responded with a four-yard touchdown pass from Arellanes to Kez McCorvey and a six-yard scoring run up the middle by Bynum. Boumann hit Johnson with a 29-yard scoring pass late in the second quarter to pull Barcelona within 17-14, but the Fire reclaimed their 10-point lead before halftime when Arellanes scored on a one-yard run. The second half began ominously for Barcelona when Phillips fumbled to set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Bynum. Then Bouman fumbled after being hit from behind and Arellanes hooked up with Bynum for a 12-yard touchdown to increase Rhein's lead to 38-14. German wide receiver Babak Movassaghi caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Arellanes, and when Barcelona's Kaipo McGuire fumbled the ensuing kickoff return, Arellanes again capitalized, connecting with tight end Anthony McKinney on a 40-yard touchdown for Rhein's fourth score of the third quarter. New York Giants quarterback Mike Cherry, allocated by the New York Giants, threw a 12-yard strike to McKinney with less than four minutes remaining to give the Fire the league's single-game points record and the advantage over their rivals in any potential points differential tiebreakers in the World Bowl battle.
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