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Denver 17 at Oklahoma 14 OT

1984 Week 2 - Saturday, March 3, 1984
Denver Gold(1-0)(-4) at Oklahoma Outlaws(1-0)
Attendance: 25,403

TULSA(AP) -- Brian Speelman kicked a 21-yard field goal only 31 seconds into overtime Saturday to give the Denver Gold a 17-14 United States Football League victory over the Oklahoma Outlaws before a crowd of 24,917.

Speelman's field goal followed a fumbled snap by Oklahoma punter Bob Boris, who was downed at the Outlaws' three-yard line by linebacker Jon Bungartz. It was the second time Boris had been trapped for a loss while attempting to punt, with both setbacks leading to points for the Gold. Linebacker Greg Gerken trapped Boris for a 12-yard loss late in the third quarter to set up Harry Sydney's 13-yard sweep for Denver's second touchdown, which gave the Gold a 14-7 lead.

Vincent Whiite also scored on a 1-yard plunge with 4:47 remaining in the third period as Denver rallied from a 7-0 deficit for its second victory. It was the first loss for Oklahoma, which defeated Pittsburgh 7-3 last Sunday in its USFL debut.

Quarterback Doug Williams completed 24-of-45 passes for 258 yards as the Outlaws rallied to tie the score on his 1-yard keeper early in the final quarter. However, Williams failed to complete his last seven passing attempts and a 47-yard field goal try by former Tulsa University kicked Stu Crum sailed wide left with 3:49 left in the game, ending Oklahoma's last hope of breaking the 14-14 deadlock.

After picking up only one first down in the first half, the Denver offense came to life with a 53-yard completion from quarterback Craig Penrose to tight end Victor Hicks to launch the Gold's first scoring drive. The march covered 64 yards in five plays.

Penrose wound up completing 14-of-23 passes for 146 yards but also had two intercepted.


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