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Oakland 7 at Denver 20


1984 Week 18 - Friday, June 22, 1984
Oakland Invaders(7-10) at Denver Gold(8-9)(-3)
Attendance: 32,623, TV: Local

DENVER (AP) -- After the last last nine games, when they compiled an embarrassing 1-8 record, no one realistically expected the Denver gold to finish the season on a high note.

But then no one expected Harry Sydney to rush for 117 yards or Craig Penrose to come off the beach with a competent performance or the defense to get a shutout until the final two minutes.

A Denver Gold team that looked dead in the water as far as the playoffs were concerned kept its faint hopes alive, with Friday night's 20-7 United States Football League triumph over the Oakland Invaders.

Denver finished the regular season at 9-9. If Arizona loses to Pacific Division champion Los Angeles tonight, Denver gains the fourth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. An Arizona victory gives the playoff spot to the Wranglers.

"We'll just have to wait and see how the other game comes out, and start preparing Sunday if we have to," said Denver Coach Craig Morton. "But I'm real happy tonight. It was a great way to finish the regular season. We proved a lot."

Complete Game




Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
OAK	0	0	0	7   -    7
DEN	0      10       7       3   -   20

Scoring

DEN:Sydney 43 yd run (Speelman kick) - DEN 7, OAK 0

DEN:Speelman 57 yd field goal - DEN 10, OAK 0

DEN:Williams 31 yd pass from Penrose (Speelman kick) - DEN 17, OAK 0

DEN:Speelman 45 yd field goal - DEN 20, OAK 0

OAK:Sullivan recovered fumble in end zone (Shea kick) - DEN 20, OAK 7

Box Score

                             OAK            DEN
First Downs                   18             17
Rushes-Yards              32-125         35-151
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    33-17-288-3    25-11-125-2
Sacked-Yards Lost           3-27           3-25
Total Plays-Yards         68-368         63-251
Fumbles-Lost                 1-0            3-1
Penalties-Yards            14-89          13-67
Turnovers                      3              3
Time of Possession         31:18          28:42

Attendance = 32,623

OAKLAND					     DENVER
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Besana       33  17 288  3  0  43.5          Hobart        5   0   0  0  0 39.6
                                             Penrose      20  11 125  2  1 51.0

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Jackson       5  51 10.2  0                  Sydney       18 117  6.5  1
Newton       12  27  2.3  0                  Matthews      4  20  5.0  0
Whittington   4  20  5.0  0                  Hobart        2  14  7.0  0
Jordan        7  16  2.3  0                  Penrose       1   4  4.0  0
Besana        3  10  3.3  0                  Preston       5   3  0.6  0
Torosian      1   1  1.0  0                  Johnson B     1   1  1.0  0
                                             White         4  -8 -2.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Banks         2  69 34.5  0                  Sydney        6  61 10.2  0
Newton        4  59 14.8  0                  Williams      2  35 17.5  1
Lewis         1  55 55.0  0                  Hicks         2  22 11.0  0
Williams      4  54 13.5  0                  Preston       1   7  7.0  0
Torosian      1  17 17.0  0                  
Stief         1  13 13.0  0                  
Gilbert       2  11  5.5  0                  
Jackson       2  10  5.0  0                  

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Brown           3  49 16.3  0                Hicks           1   0  0.0  0

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Banks           3  25  8.3  0                White           1   3  3.0  0

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Shea            0-0  --  1-1    1            Speelman        2-2  57  2-2    8
                miss: --                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Talley          5 250 50.0                   Speelman        6 277 46.2

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Bennett       1.5 15.5                       Stalls        1.5  15
Sullivan        1   5                        Ogrin         1.5  12
Shaw          0.5  4.5                       

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Plummer         1   7  7.0  0                Martin          2   0  0.0  0                
Martin          1   0  0.0  0                Dumars          1  17 17.0  0                

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