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Oakland 17 at Portland 30
1985 Week 7 - Saturday, April 6, 1985
Oakland Invaders(4-1-1)(-9.5) at Portland Breakers(2-4)
PORTLAND, OR (UPI) - Matt Robinson threw three touchdown passes Saturday night to lift the Portland Breakers to a 30-17 triumph over the Oakland Invaders.
Portland's secondary victimized Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert for four interceptions and a fumble. Three of the thefts resulted in Breakers' scores and the fourth killed an Oakland drive in the fourth quarter.
Hebert completed 18-of-34 passes for 304 yards and one touchdown. Robinson, rebounding from a poor effort in last week's 33-0 loss to San Antonio, was 14-of-22 and 163 yards.
After Oakland tied it 17-17 on Novo Bojovic's field goal from 42 yards, the Breakers took the lead to stay in the third quarter when Robinson engineered a 10 play, 64-yard drive capped by a 2-yard toss to Dwight Beverley for a touchdown. Beverley's fake into the line set up a 24-yard pass from Robinson to David Bayle for a key firstdown.
Portland scored again when Scott Byers intercepted Hebert and Anthony Allen caught a 17-yard halfback pass from Louis Jackson to make it 30-17.
Ruben Vaughn then blocked Tim Mazzetti's kick, stopping his string of 87 straight conversions, a USFL record. He had hit a 103 in a row, counting his NFL career.
The Invaders took the opening kickoff from their own 24 to the Portland 11, but Hebert fumbled and Jerald Baylis recovered.
The Breakers then moved 89 yards on 11 plays with Robinson passing to Dan Ross for 14 yards and a 7-0 lead.
Joe Restic intercepted an Hebert pass on the Oakland 45 and Robinson moved the Breakers 19 yards before Mazzetti kicked a 43-yard field goal. Another interception stopped an Oakland drive with Bruce Miller grabbing an Hebert pass and returning it 23 yards to the Oakland 35.
Five plays later Robinson passed to Ross for four yards and a 17-0 advantage Hebert's 33-yard touchdown pass to Albert Bentley made it 17-7.
Robinson was intercepted by John Sullivan on the Oakland 10 and the Invaders concluded a 90-yard march with John Williams scoring from the 2.
Bojovic made it 17-14 with 23 seconds left in the half.
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn