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Michigan 23 at San Antonio 17 OT1984 Week 15 - Friday, June 1, 1984
Attendance: 16,384, TV: Local?
San Antonio (UPI) - The nickel defense paid big dividends for the Michigan Panthers Friday night.
Oliver David picked off Rick Neuheisel and raced 27 yards for a touchdown 22 seconds into overtime Friday night to help defending USFL champion Michigan escape with a 23-17 victory over the San Antonio Gunslingers.
"We were in the nickel defense with an extra back." said Panthers coach Jim Stanley. "This is one of the real good victories for this team. We showed class in the game. I'm proud of this team more than any other."
"We were in double rotation nickel coverage, and I had a short area of responsibility," Davis said. "I made a hell of a break for the ball and got to walk it in. My main thing was to make sure I had the ball. I think he (Neuheisel) never really saw me. We disguised the defense to make him think it was a man-to-man."
Neuheisel attributed the loss to errors.
"I can't throw deep on them. We just made a couple of mistakes, and mine was the most glaring."
Anthony Allen hauled in a 4-yard touchdown pass from Whit Taylor and Novo Bojovic added the extra point with 51 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Taylor marched Michigan 80 yards in 14 plays to set up the tying score.
San Antonio took a 17-10 lead when George Works dove into the end zone on fourth-and-one with 6:28 left and Nick MikeMayer added the point after.
Mike-Mayer missed a chance towin the game when his 58-yard field goal attempt skipped off the crossbar on the final play on regulation.
Mike-Mayer kicked a 26-yard field goal with 12 seconds left in the first quarter to put the Gunslingers up 3-0. The kick capped a 60-yard drive that stalled at the Michigan 3-yard line.
Bojovic missed a 22-yard field goal attempt with 8:01 left in the second quarter and the Panthers trailed 3-0 at halftime. It was the first time this season and the second time in their history the Panthers were shut out in the first half.
Bojovic redeemed himself by converting a 28-yard field goal with
3:52 left in the third period to bring Michigan within 10-3.
The Panthers tied the game at less than a minute to the final quarter on a
3-yard toss from Taylor to tight end Mike Cobb. San Antonio took a 10-0 lead when
Neuheisel connected with Jerry Gordon on a 22-yard score on San
Antonio's first possession in the second half.