Arena Bowl '89 (or Arena Bowl III) was the Arena Football League's third Arena Bowl. The game featured the #2 Pittsburgh Gladiators against the #1 Detroit Drive. Both teams finished their seasons at 3-1, yet the Drive greatly led in points against (84-147).
|Date||August 18, 1989|
|Arena||Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan|
|MVP||George LaFrance, OS, Detroit
|Winning coach||Tim Marcum|
|Losing coach||Joe Haering|
|TV in the United States|
|Announcers||Dave Enet, Howard Balzer|
In the first quarter, Detroit drew first blood with OL-DL Reggie Mathis sacking Gladiators quarterback Willie Totten in the end zone for a safety, while Drive quarterback Tony Burris got a 1-yard quarterback sneak run for a touchdown. Pittsburgh kicker Rusty Fricke made a 55-yard field goal, and Detroit responded with FB-LB Lynn Bradford's 17-yard touchdown run.
In the second quarter, the Drive increased its lead with kicker Novo Bojovic's 50-yard field goal, yet the Gladiators refused to go down with Fricke getting a 30-yard field goal. Bradford made a two-yard touchdown run, yet Pittsburgh responded with FB-LB Mike Powell's two-yard touchdown run (with a failed two-point conversion).
In the third quarter, the Gladiators drew closer with WR/DB Cornelius Ross returning a fumble 23 yards for a touchdown, yet the Drive responded with Burris completing a 32-yard touchdown pass to OS George LaFrance (with a failed PAT) and a 12-yard touchdown pass to WR/DB Gary Mullen.
Pittsburgh would respond with Totten completing a 19-yard touchdown pass to WR-DB Brian Gardner, yet afterwards, Detroit's defense held the Gladiators down for the rest of the game.
With the win, the Drive became the first team in Arena Football history to win back-to-back ArenaBowls.
- DET - Safety
- DET - Burris 1 run (Bojovic kick)
- PIT - FG Fricke 55
- DET - Bradford 17 run (Bojovic kick)
- DET - FG Bojovic 50
- PIT - FG Fricke 30
- DET - Bradford 2 run (Bojovic kick)
- PIT - Powell 2 run (Totten pass failed)
- PIT - Ross 23 Fumble Return (Fricke kick)
- DET - LaFrance 32 pass from Burris (Bojovic kick failed)
- DET - Mullen 12 pass from Burris (Bojovic kick)
- PIT - Gardner 19 pass from Totten (Fricke kick)