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Philadelphia 17 at Oakland 7

1983 Week 7 - Saturday, April 16, 1983
Philadelphia Stars(5-1)(-2.5) at Oakland Invaders(3-3)
Attendance: 34,901, TV: ESPN

OAKLAND (UPI) - Kelvin Bryant, the USFL's leading rusher, gained 118 yards and scored one touchdown Saturday to lead the Philadelphia Stars to a 17-7 victory over the Oakland Invaders to improve their record to 6-1.

It was the Stars' third straight victory while the Invaders fell to 3-4. Bryant, who was held to under 100 yards the previous two games because of a bruised sternum, exploded for 99 yards in the second period, setting up a field goal with a 45-yard run and then scoring on a 37-yarder.

Oakland quarterback Fred Besana completed 26 of 42 passes. Although the Invaders dominated the early action, Philadelphia took a 3-0 lead with 2:35 left in the first half on a 39-yard field goal by Dayid Trout .

Moments later, Philadelphia safety Frank Lush intercepted a Besana pass and returned it 33 yards. Earlier Oakland failed to capitalize on three scoring bids. Fullback Jairo Penaranda fumbled in the end zone on a two-yard plunge with two minutes left in the first quarter and Kevin Shea missed on field goal attempts of 46 and 42 yards.

Philadelphia had held its opponents scoreless for 12 consecutive quarters until Oakland's Wyatt Henderson caught a controversial 8-yard touchdown pass from Besana with 0:08 remaining in the third quarter.



Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn

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