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Tampa Bay 22 at Denver 16 OT


1983 Week 6 - Saturday, April 9, 1983
Tampa Bay Bandits(4-1)(-1) at Denver Gold(3-2)
Attendance: 46,848, TV: ESPN

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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	1	2	3	4	O	F
TB	3	0	6	7	6   -   22
DEN	0      13	0	3	0   -   16

Scoring

TB: Andrusyshyn 36 yd field goal - TB 3, DEN 0

DEN:Speelman 26 yd field goal - DEN 3, TB 3

DEN:Sydney 56 yd pass from Johnson (Speelman kick) - DEN 10, TB 3

DEN:Speelman 29 yd field goal - DEN 13, TB 3 

TB: Buggs 6 yd pass from Reaves (kick blocked) - DEN 13, TB 9

TB: Platt 1 yd run (Andrusyshyn kick) - TB 16, DEN 13

DEN:Speelman 33 yd field goal - DEN 16, TB 16

TB: Boone 11 yd run - TB 22, DEN 16

Box Score

                              TB            DEN
First Downs                   29             14
Rushes-Yards               24-78         27-111
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    63-38-357-2    24-14-203-0
Sacked-Yards Lost           1-11           3-27
Total Plays-Yards         88-424         54-287
Fumbles-Lost                 0-0            1-1
Penalties-Yards             6-31           6-43
Turnovers                      2              1
Time of Possession         35:51          30:15

Attendance = 46,848

TAMPA BAY				     DENVER
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Reaves       63  38 357  2  1  68.0          Johnson      23  13 157  0  1  92.1
                                             Sydney        1   1  46  0  0 118.8
 
Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Boone         7  41  5.9  1                  Sydney       17  69  4.1  0
Platt        16  36  2.3  1                  Matthews      4  21  5.3  0
Reaves        1   1  1.0  0                  Canada        5  18  3.6  0
                                             Johnson       1   3  3.0  0
  
Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Buggs         8  97 12.1  1                  Sydney        1  56 56.0  1
Platt        12  87  7.3  0                  Phea          1  46 46.0  0
Truvillion    3  64 21.3  0                  Canada        4  30  7.5  0
Gilbert       4  31  7.8  0                  Ballage       1  29 29.0  0
Boone         6  29  4.8  0                  Niziolek      5  27  5.4  0
Gillespie     2  19  8.5  0                  Maher         1   8  8.0  0
Stephens      1  17 17.0  0                  Matthews      1   7  7.0  0 
Young         2  13  6.5  0  

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Gillespie       3  67 22.3  0                Phea            4  67 16.8  0
Boone           2  47 23.5  0                
 
Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
None                                         None
  
Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Andrusyshyn     1-1  36  1-2    4            Speelman        3-4  33  1-1   10
                miss: none                                   miss: 46

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Andrusyshyn     3 127 42.3                   Gortz           3 136 45.3

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Ramey           1  11                        Turner          1  11
Brown           1   8                        
Times           1   8                        
                                            
Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
None                                         Dumars          2  81 40.5  0 

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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