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Michigan 6 at Oakland 7 (Mesa, AZ)

1984 Preseason Week 4 - Saturday, February 18, 1984
Attendance: NA, TV: KICU


Fred Besana connect for an Oakland TD.


MESA, Ariz. (AP) Mike Rae of Michigan threw a touchdown pass with 1:02 remaining, but Oakland's Marc Lewis made a game-saving tackle when the Panthers went for a two-point conversion and gave the Invaders a 7-6 exhibition victory last night over the defending United States Football League champions.

The Panthers ended the exhibition season 2-1, Oakland, 1-1.

Rae, third quarterback used by the Panthers in the game, hit Frank McClain on a 2-yard pass for the late touchdown. The Panthers faked an extra-point kick and Rae threw to kicker Novo Bojovic who was tackled just short of the goal line by Lewis.

Oakland scored on the final play of the first period on Fred Besana's two-yard pass to tight end John Thompson, and Kevin Shea kicked the extra point.

Besana played three quarters and completed 10 of 18 passes for 105 yards. Rae did the most passing for Michigan and completed 12 of 20 attempts for 179 yards. Starter Bobby Hebert of the Panthers completed only three of nine attempts for 28 yards and was intercepted once.

All-pro guard Thom Dornbronk suffered a torn knee ligament in the first quarter and is scheduled for surgery today in Phoenix.

The Panthers open their second USFL season Feb. 27 against the Chicago Blitz in the Pontiac Silverdome.


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