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Tampa Bay 27 at Philadelphia 22


1983 Week 4 - Sunday, March 27, 1983
Tampa Bay Bandits(3-0) at Philadelphia Stars(3-0)(-2.5)
Attendance: 18,718, TV: ABC

PHILADELPHIA(AP) -"We're having a lot of fun playing 'Bandit ball," Tampa Bay quarterback John Reaves said after returning to Philadelphia - the scene of the downward slide of his career as a pro--and throwing a TD pass that triggered Tampa Bay's 27- 22 triumph over the Stars.

Cornerback Jeff George gave Reaves the ball, recovering Philadelphia quarterback Chuck Fusina's fumble, and Reaves gave the Bandits their opening TD with a 33-yard pass to Eric Truvillion.

Reaves was the No. 1 draft choice of the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles in 1972. But a year later he was a benchwarmer behind Roman Gabriel and two years after that he was traded away.

"It was great to win here," he said. "I was 0-8 as a starter for the Eagles. The adrenaline was really pumping. It was something special. I was really looking forward all week to coming back here."

After Kelvin Bryant ran 35 yards for the tying score, George gave the Bandits the lead for good, intercepting Fusina and racing 22 yards for a TD. Bryant, who finished with 112 yards rushing to increase his league-leading total to 456, also caught a 38-yard pass from reserve QB Jim Krohn in the fourth quarter for the Stars' other touchdown.

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	1	2	3	4	F
TB     14      13	0 	0   -   27
PHI	7	6	3	6   -   22

Scoring

TB: Truvillion 33 yd pass from Reaves (Andrusyshyn kick) - TB 7, PHI 0

PHI:Bryant 35 yd run (Trout kick) - PHI 7, TB 7

TB: George 22 yd interception return (Andrusyshyn kick) - TB 14, PHI 7

PHI:Trout 35 yd field goal - TB 14, PHI 10 

TB: Andrusyshyn 43 yd field goal - TB 17, PHI 10

TB: Platt 1 yd run (Andrusyshyn kick) - TB 24, PHI 10

TB: Andrusyshyn 38 yd field goal - TB 27, PHI 10 

PHI:Trout 37 yd field goal - TB 27, PHI 13

PHI:Trout 27 yd field goal - TB 27, PHI 16

PHI:Bryant 38 yd pass from Fusina (pass failed) - TB 27, PHI 22

Box Score

                              TB            PHI
First Downs                   18             17
Rushes-Yards              37-129         31-151
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    32-16-269-1    31-13-177-1
Sacked-Yards Lost            1-9           5-33
Total Plays-Yards         70-389         67-295
Fumbles-Lost                 7-2            4-2
Penalties-Yards             7-50           3-20
Turnovers                      3              3
Time of Possession         31:03          28:57

Attendance = 18,718

TAMPA BAY				     PHILADELPHIA
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Reaves       32  16 269  1  1  76.2          Fusina       11   2  33  0  0  39.6
                                             Krohn        20  11 144  1  1  73.8

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Platt        24  75  3.1  1                  Bryant       22 112  5.1  1
Boone,G      11  54  4.9  1                  Riley         3  12  4.0  0
Reaves        1   0  0.0  0                  Fusina        2  11  5.5  0
Truvillion    1   0  0.0  0                  Harvin        2   9  4.5  0
                                             Russell       1   9  9.0  0
                                             Krohn         1  -2 -2.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Buggs,D       4  90 22.5  0                  Bryant        3  57 19.0  1
Truvillion    2  38 19.0  1                  Fitzkee       6  48  8.0  0
Gillespie     2  35 17.5  0                  Donovan       2  35 17.5  0
Platt         2  28 14.0  0                  Collier       1  19 19.0  0
Gilbert       2  26 13.0  0                  Parker        1  18 18.0  0
Boone,G       2  22 11.0  0                   
Cox           1  22 22.0  0                  
Young,R       1   8  8.0  0                   

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Bailey          1  39 39.0  0                Harvin          5 107 21.4  0
Boone,G         2  12  6.0  0                Riley           1  17 17.0  0
Plstt           1  -1 -1.0  0                
                                            
Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Cox             4  12  3.0  0                Woerner         2  15  7.5  0
Wilson,G        1   0  0.0  0                
Bailey          1  -1 -1.0  0                
  
Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Andrusyshyn     2-3  43  3-3    9            Trout           3-3  37  1-1   10
                miss: 48                                     miss: none

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Andrusyshyn     5 182 36.4                   Landeta         6 244 40.7

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Nordgren        2  19                        Mills         0.5 4.5
Ramey           1   7                        Sutton        0.5 4.5
Times           1   6                         
Kirchbaum       1   1                        
                                            
Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
George          1  22 22.0  1                Woerner         1   1  1.0  0

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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