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Jacksonville 36 at Oakland 42


1985 Week 4 - Sunday, March 17, 1985
Jacksonville Bulls(1-2) at Oakland Invaders(1-1-1)(-6.5)
Attendance: 16,678

OAKLAND(AP) - The Oakland Invaders, who had totaled 55 points in their first three United States Football League games this season, finally got their offense in high gear. When they did, it was off to the races against the Jacksonville Bulls.

"Getting the offense for all four quarters was one of the main things today," said Invader quarterback Bobby Hebert, who threw for four touchdowns Sunday in a 42-36 victory. "We started well and it was almost like a track meet out there."

Hebert riddled the Bulls for 328 yards passing and fullback Albert Bentley rushed for 97 yards. On eight kickoff returns, the Invaders racked up 216 yards.

"We finally got our offense going," said Oakland Coach Charlie Sumner, whose 2-1-1 team bounced back from a 42-7 loss against Houston. "My heart is still pounding. Yeah, I like these kinds of games. I'd like for us to get a little more ahead, though."

Oakland kicker Novo Bojovic kicked a 37-yard field goal to break a 29-29 tie early in the fourth quarter. Then Hebert guided the Invaders 98 yards to a 1-yard TD plunge by Tom Newton.

Jacksonville rallied on Larry Mason's 8-yard scoring run to close within 39-36. The Bulls got back the ball, but QB Ed Luther - making his first USFL appearance after leaving the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League - was intercepted by Gary Plummer, who returned the ball 46 yards, to set up a 41-yard field goal by Bojovic.

Luther was then intercepted by David Greenwood with eight seconds left. Still, he wound up passing for three touchdowns. Still, he wound up passing for three touchdowns while completing 25 of 45 throws for 282 yards.

"We really didn't play well enough to win," said Luther, who signed with the Bulls two weeks ago after Brian Sipe was injured. "It was nice getting out there and getting bumped around a little bit. I think we'll get better."

Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
JAX	3      19	7	7   -   36
OAK	7      14       8      13   -   42

Scoring

OAK:Carter 17 pass from Hebert(Bojovic kick) - OAK 7, JAX 0

JAX:Franco 46 FG - OAK 7, JAX 3

JAX:Franco 44 FG - OAK 7, JAX 6

OAK:Banks 39 pass from Hebert(Bojovic kick) - OAK 14, JAX 6

JAX:Alexis 8 pass from Luther(pass failed) - OAK 14, JAX 12

OAK:Holloway 39 pass from Hebert(Bojovic kick) - OAK 21, JAX 12

JAX:Kemp 13 pass from Luther(Franco kick) - OAK 21, JAX 19

JAX:Franco 33 FG - JAX 22, OAK 21

JAX:Alexis 26 pass from Luther(Franco kick) - JAX 29, OAK 21

OAK:Cozen 3 pass from Hebert(Banks 3 pass from Hebert) - JAX 29, OAK 29

OAK:Bojovic 37 FG - OAK 32, JAX 29

OAK:Newton 1 run(Bojovic kick) - OAK 39, JAX 29

JAX:Mason 8 run(Franco kick) - OAK 39, JAX 36

OAK:Bojovic 41 FG - OAK 42, JAX 36

Box Score

                             JAX            OAK
First Downs                   24	     20
Rushes-Yards               21-81         27-145
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    45-35-263-3    25-16-311-0
Sacked-Yards Lost           2-19           2-17
Total Plays-Yards         66-344         52-456 
Fumbles-Lost                 3-0            3-3
Penalties-Yards             6-32          12-96  
Turnovers                      3              3
Time of Possession         34:01          25:59

Attendance = 16,678 

JACKSONVILLE				     OAKLAND
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Luther       45  25 282  3  3  68.94         Hebert       24  16 328  0  4 149.31
					     Williams      1   0   0  0  0   -- 

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Rozier       17  70  4.2  0                  Bentley      13  97  7.5  0
Mason         1   8  8.0  1                  Jordan        7  25  3.6  0
Griffin       3   3  1.0  0                  Williams      4  17  4.3  0
                                             Newton        3   6  2.0  1

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Alexis        8 123 30.8  2		     Banks         4 113 28.3  1
Kemp          7  84 12.0  1                  Holloway      5 102 20.4  1
Keel          4  28  7.0  0		     Carter        5  98 19.6  1
Young         1  23 23.0  0		     Williams      1  12 12.0  0
Matthews      2  16  8.0  0		     Cozen         1   3  3.0  1
Rozier        2   8  4.0  0
Mason         1   0  0.0  0                 

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Butts		4  86 21.5  0		     Faulkner        3 117 39.0  0
Matthews        3  78 26.0  0		     A.Bentley       3  91 30.3  0
Wood            1  12 12.0  0                Shaw            1   8  8.0  0                

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Kemp            1  32 32.0  0                Banks           1   8  8.0  0                

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Franco          3-3  46  3-3  12	     Bojovic         2-3  41  4-4  10            
                miss: --                                     miss: 32

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Swider          4 172 43.0                   Talley          1  38 38.0

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Millard         2  17                        Browning      1.5  14
					     Bennett       0.5   5                    

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Plummer         1  46 46.0  0                None            -  --   --  -
Shaw            1  22 22.0  0
Greenwood       1   8  8.0  0

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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