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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)
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."
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn