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Chicago 31 at Oakland 21 (Mesa, AZ)
1984 Preseason Week 3 - Saturday, February 11, 1984
MESA, Ariz. (UPI) - Former Chicago Bears quarterback Vince Evans fired three touchdown passes Saturday to lead the USFL's Chicago Blitz to a 31-21 triumph over the Oakland Invaders in both teams preseason opener.
Evans, who played last season with the Bears, completed 18 of 27 attempts for 286 years and one interception. His scoring passes were of 9 yards to Mark Keel, 30 years to Marcus Anderson and 43 yards to Keith MaGee.
Chicago's other scoring came on a 2-yard run by Darryl Clark and a 29-yard field goal by Efren Herrera.
Oakland running back Louis Jackson proved to be a bright spot for the Invaders as he scored on runs of 7 and 1 yards. He finished the afternoon picking up 59 yards on 10 carries.
The Invaders' other touchdown came on a 10-yard pass from backup quarterback Mike Livingston to Rick Parma.
Both teams entered the contest with 70-man roster. They must now cut that number to 58 by Monday.
The Invaders will host the defending champion the Michigan Panthers next Saturday in their second preseason matchup.
MESA, AZ (AP) -- Chicago quarterback Vince Evans completed 18 of 27 passes for 286 yards, three touchdowns and one interception to lead the Blitz to a 31-21 USFL exhibition victory Saturday over the Oakland Invaders.
Blitz wide receiver Marcus Anderson had five catches for 106 yards and one touchdown. Steve Grant, Oakland's No. 3 quarterback, completed 7 of 11 passes for 178 yards. Fullback Louis Jackson carried 10 times for 59 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Oakland led 7-0 in the first quarter, but Chicago took a 14-7 lead with 10:40 left in the first half. The Blitz led for the rest of the game.
Each team had 70 players for the scrimmage, but must reduce their rosters to 58 players on Monday.
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn