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Michigan 24 at Philadelphia 22 Championship (Denver, CO)


1983 Championship - Sunday, July 17, 1983
Michigan Panthers(13-6) vs. Philadelphia Stars(16-3)(E)
Attendance: 50,906, TV: ABC

DENVER (UPI) - Anthony Carter and Derek Holloway are big enough to be enough for Bobby Hebert and definitely big enough for the Michigan Panthers, who got big plays and big days from their little guys to win the first United States Football League championship with a 24-22 victory over the Philadelphia Stars.

Hebert found them 12 times. Hebert, named the game's Most Valuable Player, completed touchdown passes of 12-and 14-yards to the 5-foot7- Holloway and topped his 314-yard passing night off with a 48-yard game-sealing strike to the 5-9 Carter to give the Detroit area its first pro football championship since the Detroit Lions copped the NFL title in 1957.

A preponderance of the 46,535 who came out to 75,000-seat Mile High Stadium were rooting for Michigan. Banners for the Panthers dominated the scene and the Stars were hooted during the intros. That was fine during the game, but with six seconds to play -- moments before Philadelphia's Chuck Fusina hit Rodney Parker with a two-yard touchdown that made the final score close -- thousands of boisterous Michigan fans surged onto the field.

Some 50 police officers were forced to use chemicals, clubs and dogs to control the crowd, which bent one goal post. A dozen persons were arrested, with police estimating half from Michigan.

Philadelphia came into the game with a mandate to stop Michigan's big play attack. Carter caught a career-best nine passes for 179 yards while Holloway grabbed three for 39. Hebert threw 39 times, completing 20. Tackle Irv Batman said. "He may be the toughest guy in football to defense."

Carter delivered the touchdown that gave Michigan a 24-14 lead with 3:01 to play.

Rookie Novo Bojovic kicked a 33-yard field goal and David Trout countered with a 30-yard field goal for Phiiadelphia to leave it 3-3 until Hebert hit Holloway with his first scoring pass.

Carter set up Holloway's first score with receptions of 27, 12 and 13 yards. He caught a pair of 13-yard passes leading to Holloway's second touchdown, which gave the Panthers a 17-3 lead with 7:49 to play in the third quarter.

Fusina, who had only seven completions in his first 22 passes yet wound up 25-for-47 for 192 yards, got hot in the fourth quarter and almost brought his team back. He threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Collier with 8:49 left and a successful two-point conversion pass pulled the Stars within a field goal, 17-14, only to have Hebert counter with his game-clinching throw to Carter.

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	1	2	3	4	F
MIC	3	7	7	7   -   24
PHI	0	3	0      19   -   22

Scoring

MIC:Bojovic 33 yd field goal - MCH 3, PHI 0

PHI:Trout 30 yd field goal - PHI 3, MCH 3

MIC:Holloway 12 yd pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) - MCH 10, PHI 3

MIC:Holloway 14 yd pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) - MCH 17, PHI 3

PHI:Trout 28 yd field goal - MCH 17, PHI 6

PHI:Collier 21 yd pass from Fusina (Collier pass from Fusina) - MCH 17, PHI 14

MIC:Carter 48 yd pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) - MIC 24, PHI 14

PHI:Parker 2 yd pass from Fusina (Fitzkee pass from Fusina) - MIC 24, PHI 22

Box Score

                             MCH            PHI
First Downs                   25             24
Rushes-Yards              28-156         23-117
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    39-20-314-1    48-26-236-0
Sacked-Yards Lost           4-23           4-29
Total Plays-Yards         71-447         75-324
Fumbles-Lost                 1-1            4-0
Penalties-Yards            12-87           5-68
Turnovers                      1              0
Time of Possession         31:36          28:24

Attendance = 50,906

MICHIGAN				     PHILADELPHIA
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Hebert       39  20 314  1  3  93.3          Fusina       47  25 192  0  2  77.6
                                             Harvin        1   1  44  0  0 118.8
 
Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Miller, C    12  80  6.7  0                  Bryant       13  89  6.8  0
Lacy         15  56  3.7  0                  Harvin        6  21  3.5  0
Hebert        1  20 20.0  0                  Fusina        4   7  1.8  0
  
Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Carter        9 179 19.9  1                  Fitzkee       5  58 11.6  0
Holloway      3  39 13.0  2                  Parker        2  46 23.0  1
Cobb          1  37 37.0  0                  Collier       3  38 12.7  1
Lacy          3  23  7.7  0                  Donovan       5  36  7.2  0
McClain       1  19 19.0  0                  Harvin        4  24  6.0  0
Miller, C     3  17  5.7  0                  Folsom        3  19  6.3  0
                                             Bryant        4  15  3.8  0
                   
Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Stelly          1  36 36.0  0                Harvin          3  89 29.7  0
 
Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Carter          1  15 15.0  0                Woerner         1   7  7.0  0
  
Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Bojovic         1-2  33  3-3    6            Trout           2-3  30  0-0    6
                miss: 58                                     miss: 34

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Greenwood       4 183 45.8                   Landeta         6 315 52.5

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Corker          2  17                        Fielder         1   8
Banaszak        1  11                        Cooper          1   6
Hughes          1   1                        Opfar           1   5
                                             Brooks          1   4
  
Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
None                                         Lush            1   0  0.0  0
                                             Woerner         0   5  -.-  0

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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