Dan Marino threw three touchdown passes and rookie Pete...

By DAVE RAFFO, UPI Sports Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Dan Marino threw three touchdown passes and rookie Pete Stoyanovich kicked a club-record 59-yard field goal Sunday to rally the Miami Dolphins to a 31-23 victory over the New York Jets.

The Dolphins overcame a 20-3 second-quarter deficit by outscoring New York 21-0 in the third quarter. Marino's three TD passes give him 212 for his career, tying him for ninth on the NFL career list with Terry Bradshaw and Y.A. Tittle.


Marino threw a 7-yard scoring pass to rookie Andre Brown with 44 seconds left in the half, then hit Mark Clayton on a 78-yard TD on Miami's first play of the second half and Scott Schwedes on a 65-yard score for a 24-20 lead. The Dolphins scored again 34 seconds later on rookie Sammie Smith's 2-yard third-quarter run.

Stoyanovich's 59-yard field goal in the second quarter was the Dolphins' only score until the final two minutes of the half.


The Jets led 20-3 on Roger Vick's 26-yard run, a 25-yard pass from Ken O'Brien to Freeman McNeil and Pat Leahy field goals of 38 and 20 yards. Leahy added a 22-yarder early in the fourth quarter.

Marino completed 18 of 34 passes for 359 yards, two interceptions and two sacks to help Miami, 6-4, win their fifth of six games.

The Jets fell to 2-8. O'Brien completed 22 of 35 for 289 yards and three interceptions. He completed 8 of 9 first-half passes but threw incomplete on his first four passes of the third quarter and the fifth was intercepted.

Clayton raced down the right sideline on the Dolphins' first play of the third quarter and took Marino's perfect strike at the Jets 37 with cornerback Bobby Humphrey at his heels. He pulled away for the longest TD of his career, Miami's longest play of the season and the longest play against the Jets this year.

Clayton's TD made it 20-17, and the Dolphins went ahead 24-17 on Schwedes' TD catch. Schwedes caught the ball 10 yards downfield, eluded safety Erik McMillan and sprinted the final 55 yards untouched with 2:46 left in the quarter.

On New York's next play, William Judson intercepted an O'Brien pass and Miami took over at the Jets 32. Marino hit Clayton for 30 yards to the 2 on the second play and Smith went in off right tackle to make it 31-20 with 2:12 left in the quarter.


The Jets drove 79 yards on their next possession, but settled for Leahy's 22-yard field goal on fourth-and-three from the 5 with 10:02 left.

The Jets had won their last three against Miami and their last four at home. However, Miami scored at least 30 points Sunday for the eighth straight game against the Jets.

Marino was sacked twice in the first nine games, but the Jets dropped him twice in the first half and forced him into three turnovers. Marino threw two interceptions in the half and lost a fumble in Jets territory on a sack by McMillan. Marvin Washington recovered at the Miami 30, and Leahy's 38-yard field goal made it 3-0 four plays later with 1:19 left in the first quarter.

The Jets drove 53 yards to Leahy's 20-yard field goal midway through the second quarter, but could have scored a touchdown. On second-and-goal from the 3, O'Brien scrambled and made it to the goal line but pulled up short with safety Louis Oliver approaching. Oliver knocked O'Brien back to the 1, and Johnny Hector was stopped for a 2-yard loss on the next play.

New York scored again 87 seconds later, however, after Kerry Glenn intercepted a Marino pass at the Miami 35. Two plays later, Vick went off left tackle, cut outside and danced the final 10 yards down the sideline for a TD to make it 13-0 with 6:54 left in the half.


Stoyanovich, with the aid of a strong wind, drilled his 59-yarder on Miami's next possession to make it 13-3. The kick tied him for the third longest in NFL history, 4 yards off Tom Dempsey's record 63-yard kick for New Orleans in 1970. Stoyanovich, a rookie from Indiana, broke Gary Yepremian's 17-year-old club record of 54 yards.

The Jets struck quickly again, covering 69 yards in seven plays for a 20-3 lead on McNeil's TD reception.

O'Brien's 25-yard TD stirke to McNeil made it 20-3 with 1:28 left in the half, but Marino moved Miami 58 yards on four plays to draw within 20-10 on Brown's score.

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