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Michigan 21 at Chicago 20 (Scottsdale, AZ)


1984 Preseason Week 2 - Saturday, February 4, 1984

Attendance: NA

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Michigan quarterback Whit Taylor, playing in place of holdout Bobby Hebert, completed 19 of 30 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown to rally the Panthers to a 21-20 United States Football League exhibition victory over the Chicago Blitz yesterday.

The Blitz who were the Arizona Wranglers before swapping cities with the Chicago franchise during the offseason, led the defending USFL champions, 20-7, going into the fourth quarter.

John Williams scored on a 43-yard run for Michigan in the first quarter, but the Blitz countered with a three-yard TD run by Vagas Ferguson However, placekicker Efren Herrera missed the PAT for Chicago -- a point that ultimately proved to be the difference.

Chicago quarterback Dennis Shaw tossed a 23-yard TD pass to Jackie Flowers in the second period and Calvin Murray scored on a four-yard run for the Blitz in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Taylor - a second-year pro out of Vanderbilt - capped a 75-yard, 14-play drive with a 10-yard scoring flip to Don Echols. Then, with 1:34 remaining, Terry Miller skirted right end from four yards out to finish a 77-yard drive in 11 plays and tie the game.

Placekicker Novo Bojovic was perfect for the third time with the decisive conversion point for Michigan.


Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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