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Tampa Bay 22 at Denver 16 OT

1983 Week 6 - Saturday, April 9, 1983
Attendance: 46,848, TV: ESPN


Game highlights from Tampa Bay's win at Denver.


DENVER (AP) - Rookie running back Greg Boone broke a tacklen en route to an 11-yard touchdown, capping a 73-yard, overtime drive as the Tampa Bay Bandits got a fine passing performance from quarterback John Reaves to down the Denver Gold, 22-16 in United States Football League action Saturday night.

With the victory, the Bandits bounced back from an embarrassing 42-3 loss to Chicago last week, and raised their division-leading record to 5-1. Denver saw its three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 3-3.

Reaves, who played nine seasons in the National Football League mostly as a backup, completed 38 of 63 passes for 357 yards. He engineered two long second-half scoring drives that enabled Tampa Bay to erase a 13-3 halftime deficit and take a 16-13 lead late in the fourth quarter.

He then directed the Bandits 73 yards for the winning score in the sudden-death overtime.


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