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Michigan 17 at Oklahoma 20

1984 Week 7 - Saturday, April 7, 1984
Michigan Panthers(6-0)(-8) at Oklahoma Outlaws(4-2)
Attendance: 21,510

TULSA, Okla. (UPI) - Efren Herrera kicked a 32-yard field goal with four seconds remaining Saturday to give the Oklahoma Outlaws a 20-17 U.S. Football League triumph over the previously undefeated Michigan Panthers.

A fumbled punt recovered by Oklahoma's Victor Koenning at the 10-yard line in the game's final minute paved the way for the winning field goal.

The defending USFL champions went into Saturday's game at 6-0 on the season and with a 12-game winning streak. The Panthers, trailing 17-14, threatened to take the lead earlier with a pass from quarterback Bobby Hebert, but wide reciever Derek Holloway dropped the ball in the end zone. Seconds later, Michigan's Novo Bojovic tied the score with a 28-yard field goal.

The Outlaws scored first, with quarterback Doug Williams rushing 1 yard for a first-quarter score, ending a scoring drive of 28 yards in three plays.

Michigan moved in to tie the game seconds into the second quarter after Michigan's John Arnaud blocked a punt by Oklahoma's Case deBruijn. Will Cokeley picked up the ball and went 26 yards for the touchdown.

Later in the quarter, Outlaw running back Sidney Thornton lunged 1 yard over the top for an Oklahoma touchdown to break the 7-7 tie, capping a 47-yard, nine-play drive that ate five minutes off the clock.

Late in the second quarter, Panthers tight end Mike Cobb caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Hebert in a brief 63-second scoring drive of 12 yards and three plays. Bojovic kicked the point-after to knot it at 14 at the half.

Herrera broke the tie with a field goal 10 minutes into the third quarter, for the quarter's only scoring.

The Outlaws improved to 6-2 on the season.


Archived news report
Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn

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