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Washington 19 at Tampa Bay 37

1984 Week 10 - Saturday, April 28, 1984
Washington Federals(1-8) at Tampa Bay Bandits(6-3)(-16.5)
Attendance: 42,810, TV: ESPN

TAMPA, FL (AP) -- John Reaves passed for 172 yards and three touchdowns Saturday night to lead the Tampa Bay Bandits to their fourth straight victory, a 37-19 United States Football League triumph over the Washington Federals.

Running back Gary Anderson also scored his ninth and 10th touchdowns of the season, scoring on runs of 1 and 17 yards in the first quarter when Tampa Bay used three Washington turnovers to set up 21 points.

The victory, before a Tampa Stadium crowd of 42,810, boosted the Bandits' record to 7-3 and moved Coach Steve Spurrier's club into a second place tie with New Orleans in the USFL's Southern Division.

Division leader Birmingham, 8-1, plays at Denver Sunday.

Washington, which snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 31-17 victory over winless Oakland a week ago, dropped to 1-9 after the franchise's 23rd loss in 28 games over two seasons.

Reaves, who completed 12 of 24 passes, threw 4 yards to Greg Boone for a first-quarter touchdown. He then teamed with tight end Marvin Harvey on a 20-yard TD play in the second period as the Bandits cruised to a 27-6 halftime advantage. The 34-year-old Tampa Bay quarterback struck again less than three minutes into the third quarter. This time, Larry Brodsky hauled in an 18 yarder for a 34-6 1ead.

Washington, which got second-quarter field goals of 51 and 29 yards from Jeff Brockhaus came right back with first TD drive. Eric Robinson returned the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to the Bandits' 44-yard line and four plays later, quarterback Mike Hohensee threw 3 yards to Billy Taylor for the score.

Hohensee, who fumbled to set up Anderson's first touchdown and threw an interception that led to Reaves' first TD pass, completed 16 of 26 passes for 159 yards. He was intercepted twice before giving way to Reggie Collier midway through the fourth quarter.

Collier directed one scoring drive, passing 23 yards to Joey Walters for the touchdown with 4:21 left in the game.

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