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Denver 29 at Michigan 21


1983 Week 5 - Monday, April 4, 1983
Denver Gold(2-2) at Michigan Panthers(1-3)(E)
Attendance: 11,279

PONTIAC (AP) - Denver's play of the week turned out to be the play of the game.

"Everything went right," reserve quarterback Jeff Knapple said after he scampered for two points on a fake kick conversion attempt to help the Gold defeat the Michigan Panthers 29-21 in a United States Football League game Monday night.

Knapple's seven-yard jaunt up the middle with just 2:42 left in the game gave the Gold a 22-21 lead and deflated the Panthers, who had pulled ahead 21-14 on the strength of two one-yard touchdown runs by quarterback Bobby Hebert and a 36-yard TD pass from Hebert to wide receiver Derek Holloway.

"It was the play for this week," said Denver Coach Red Miller. "It's a play we built on the way the defense lines up.

"They covered the kicker and he (Knapple) took it in."

It was the second trick play of the game to work for the Gold, now 3-2 with three straight victories and a share of the USFL Pacific Division lead. Michigan slips to 1-4, including four consecutive losses.

Highlights




Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
OAK	0	0	7	0   -   7
LA	7	0	0	3   -  10

Scoring

LA: Ellis 17 yd pass from Rae (Abbott kick) - LA 7, OAK 0

OAK:Whittington 2 yd run (Shea kick) - OAK 7, LA 7

LA: Abbott 19 yd field goal - LA 10, OAK 7

Box Score

                             OAK             LA
First Downs                    8             23
Rushes-Yards               19-36          31-98
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    28-22-213-0    38-24-215-0
Sacked-Yards Lost           4-34           4-32
Total Plays-Yards         51-215         73-281
Fumbles-Lost                 2-1            1-1
Penalties-Yards             5-40           3-20
Turnovers                      1              1
Time of Possession         25:47          34:13

Attendance = 17,139

OAKLAND					     LOS ANGELES
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Besana       28  22 213  0  0  98.4          Rae          22  18 170  0  1 114.0
                                             Ramsey       16   6  45  0  0  45.8
  
Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Whittington  12  27  2.3  1                  Harrington    8  40  5.0  0
Torosian      5   6  1.2  0                  Barnett      10  40  4.0  0
Banks         1   3  3.0  0                  Boddie       10  12  1.2  0
Besana        1   0  0.0  0                  Haslip        3   6  2.0  0
  
Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Chester       7 100 14.3  0                  Ellis         9  88  9.8  1
Whittington   8  48  6.0  0                  Haines        3  34 11.3  0
Banks         3  44 14.7  0                  Boddie        4  34  8.3  0
Torosian      3  21  7.0  0                  Haslip        2  17  8.5  0
                                             Barnett       2  16  8.0  0
                                             Harrington    2  13  6.5  0
                                             Williams, K   2  13  6.5  0
  
Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
James           2  64 32.0  0                Turner          1  32 32.0  0
                                             Fox             1  19 19.0  0                                                           
Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Banks           2  15  7.5  0                Byers           1   1  1.0  0
  
Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Shea            0-0   0  1-1    1            Abbott          1-1  19  1-1    4
                miss: none                                   miss: none

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Talley          5 225 45.0                   Partridge       5 217 43.4

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Liles           1  14                        Scoggins        2  23
Quinn           1  13                        Dimler          1   6
Moore           1   5                        Seawell         1   5
McClain         1   0                        
                                            
Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
None                                         None
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	1	2	3	4	F
DEN	7	0	7      15   -   29
MIC	0	6	8	7   -   21

Scoring

DEN:Choate 58 yd run (Speelman kick) - DEN 7, MCH 0

MIC:Hebert 1 yd run (kick failed) - DEN 7, MCH 6

MIC:Hebert 1 yd run (Hebert run) - MCH 14, DEN 7 

DEN:James 11 yd pass from Johnson (Speelman kick) - DEN 14, MCH 14

MIC:Holloway 36 yd pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) - MCH 21, DEN 14

DEN:Sydney 2 yd run (Knapple run) - DEN 22, MCH 21 

DEN:Sydney 2 yd run (Speelman kick) - DEN 29, MCH 21

Box Score

                             DEN            MCH
First Downs                   17             17
Rushes-Yards              20-166         37-115
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    38-18-164-4    29-14-161-3
Sacked-Yards Lost           4-29           2-15
Total Plays-Yards         62-301         68-261
Fumbles-Lost                 3-1            0-0
Penalties-Yards           14-131         13-105
Turnovers                      5              3
Time of Possession         27:22          32:28

Attendance = 11,279

DENVER					     MICHIGAN
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Johnson      38  18 164  4  1  28.7          Hebert       29  14 161  3  1  37.4
  
Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Sydney        7  63  9.0  2                  Miller, C    19  57  3.0  0
Choate        1  58 58.0  1                  Lacy         16  56  3.5  0
Canada        3  20  6.7  0                  Hebert        2   2  1.0  2
Miller, T     6  20  3.3  0                  
Matthews      3   5  1.7  0                  
  
Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Niziolek      5  47  9.4  0                  Holloway      3  60 20.0  1
Ballage       2  46 23.0  0                  Cobb          3  42 14.0  0
James         2  38 19.0  1                  Lacy          3  33 11.0  0
Phea          2  29 14.5  0                  Echols        3  21  7.0  0
Sydney        3   6  2.0  0                  Carter        2   5  2.5  0
Canada        3  -1 -0.3  0                  
Miller, T     1  -1 -1.0  0                  
  
Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Phea            3  56 18.7  0                Holloway        5  86 17.2  0
Ballage         1   0  0.0  0                
                                            
Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Martin          3  65 21.7  0                Carter          1   7  7.0  0
James           2  13  6.5  0                Holloway        1  -2 -2.0  0
  
Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Speelman        0-0   0  3-3    3            Bojovic         0-1   0  1-2    1
                miss: none                                   miss: 39

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Gortz           5 203 40.6                   Greenwood       7 305 43.6

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Gerken        1.5  12                        Tipton          1  11
White         0.5   3                        Paggett         1   8
                                             Edwards         1   8
                                            
Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Martin          2   0  0.0  0                Arnaud          1   3  3.0  0
Dumars          1  29 29.0  0                Borland         1   0  0.0  0
                                             Greenwood       1   0  0.0  0
                                             Osborne         1   0  0.0  0

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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