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Oakland 31 at Houston 21

1985 Week 18 - Monday, June 24, 1985
Attendance: 15,797, TV: ESPN

Hebert hits Holloway for a long score.

HOUSTON (UPI) - The Oakland Invaders led 3-0 six minutes into their game against the Houston Gamblers Monday night. History dictated the game was over. The Invaders entered the contest with a 12-0 record in games in which they scored first. Oakland was 0-4-1 when opponents opened the scoring. The Invaders stuck to their previous form, holding off the Gamblers 31-21 in the regularseason finale for both U.S.Football League playoff bound first round of the teams.

"Well, I don't believe in but there's superstitions, something about it when we score first we win," Oakland coach Charlie Sumner said. "When we don't, we lose. We just try to score first, and I hope this holds true in the playoffs."

The Western Conference champion Invaders, led by the 117-yard rushing performance of John Williams, will carry a league-best 13-4-1 record into the playoffs against Tampa Bay Sunday at Oakland. Houston, which fell to 10-8, will travel to Birmingham to take on the Stallions Saturday.

A crowd of 15,797 turned out to watch what may have been the final performance by the Gamblers in Houston. The Gamblers have had financial support from the league and are reportedly moving to Chicago for the 1986 season.

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