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Oakland 7 at Chicago 31


1983 Week 18 - Sunday, July 3, 1983
Oakland Invaders(9-8) at Chicago Blitz(11-6)(-7)
Attendance: 12,346, TV: ABC

CHICAGO (AP) - Safety Don Schwartz returned a third-quarter interception 45 yards for one touchdown and teammate Eddie Brown ran 29 yards with another yesterday as the Chicago Blitz beat the Oakland Invaders 31-7 and into the United States Football League playoffs.

The win improved Chicago's season mark to 12-6 and earned the Blitz the wild card spot against Atlantic Division champion Philadelphia. A crowd of only 12,346 - 6,463 below the average home attendance watched in 80-degree weather while the players suffered field temperatures reported as high as 116 on the artificial playing surface.

Chicago's top-rated defense held the Pacific Division champion Invaders to less than 180 net yards, yielding only 6 in the third quarter.

Chicago got on the board on its opening drive as Tim Spencer scored from the four-yard line just two minutes into the game.

4th Q




Highlights




1983 USFL Regular Season

1983 Week 18

Sunday, July 3, 1983  

Oaklan Invaders 7 @ Chicago Blitz 31

Stadium : Soldier Field, Chicago, IL.

Attendance: 12,346

                     Oakland    Chicago

First Downs            10          16
Rushes - Yards       19-57      47-173
Passing Yards         119         114
Return Yards           88         151
Passes               16-36-4    11-20-0
Sacks - Yards Lost    9-69        3-22
Punts - Avg.         7-51.7      7-28.0
Fumbles-Lost          1-0         3-0
Penalties-Yards       9-86        5-40
Time of Possession   27:21       32:39


                    1st 2nd 3rd 4th  Total

Oakland              0   0   0   7   - 7
Chicago             10   0  14   7   - 31


1st Quarter Scoring

Chicago Blitz - Spencer 4 yd. Run ( Corral Kick ). 

Chicago Blitz - 52 yd. Field Goal by Corral.


2nd Quarter Scoring

NO SCORING !!!


3rd Quarter Scoring

Chicago Blitz - 45 yd. Interception by Schwartz for a TD ( Corral Kick ).

Chicago Blitz - 34 yd. Interception by Brown for a TD ( Corral Kick ).


4th Quarter Scoring

Oakland Invaders - Torosian 2 yd, Run ( Shea Kick ).

Chicago Blitz - Easley 2 yd. Run ( Corral Kick ).



INDIVIDUAL Statistics

Rushing 

Oakland Invaders - Jackson 11-36, Torosian 7-15, Livingston 1-6.

Chicago Blitz - Long 11-29, Spencer 11-18, Boatner 9-62, Easley 7-23
Scott 5-23, Dennison 2-5, Johnson 1-12, Rozantz 1-1.
 

Passing

Oakland Invaders - Besana 8-13-0-61, Livingston 8-23-4-127.

Chicago Blitz - Scott 10-19-0-126, Rozantz 1-1-0-10.


Receiving

Oakland Invaders - Jackson 5-29, Chester 2-71, Banks 2-20,
Torosian 2-20, Holmes 2-12, Henderson 1-17, Wheeler 1-13, James 1-6.

Chicago Blitz - Long 3-36, Johnson 2-45, Ricker 2-23, Spencer 1-10,
Easley 1-10, Willis 1-6, Dennison 1-6.


Kickoff Returns

Oakland Invaders - James 2-45, Lewis 2-43.

Chicago Blitz - Buben 1-0.


Punt Returns

Oakland Invaders - None Attempted.

Chicago Blitz - Willis 5-20, Brown 1-18.


Punting

Oakland Invaders - Talley 7-51.7 Yd. Avg.

Chicago Blitz - Corral 6-32.7 Yd. Avg.


Field Goals

Oakland Invaders -  None.

Chicago Blitz - Corral 1 of 3.


Interceptions

Oakland Invaders - None.

Chicago Blitz - Brown 2-37, Schwartz 1-45, Walton 1-31.


Sacks

Oakland Invaders - McClanahan 2-14, Bennett 1-8.

Chicago Blitz - Ehrmann 2-16, Ah You 2-11, Buben 1-9
Lathrop 1-9, Allen 1-8, Smith 1-8, White 1-8.
Box Courtesy of Tom Hefner
Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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