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Tampa Bay 27 at Oakland 30 Playoff

1985 Quarterfinals - Sunday, June 30, 1985
Tampa Bay Bandits(10-8) at Oakland Invaders(13-4-1)(-10)
Attendance: 19,346, TV: ABC

OAKLAND(AP) - Novo Bojovic remembered last year's USFL playoffs, when he missed three field goals in a losing effort for the Michigan Panthers. "I wasn't about to let last year repeat itself," the Oakland Invaders placekicker said after booting a 23-yard field goal on the last play of the game to give his team a 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Bandits in the opening round of the United States Football League playoffs.

Bojovic also atoned for a 31-yard field goal attempt he missed with 5:14 left. He earlier kicked field goals of 37 and 52 yards setting up next weekends game against the Memphis Showboats who on Sunday battered the Denver Gold 48-7.

Tampa Bay quarterback John Reaves passed for three touchdowns and ran for another. His 15-yard TD pass to Willie Gillespie with 9:41 left in the game tied it at 27, but kicker Zenon Andrusyshyn missed on a 35-yard extra-point attempt after penalties nullified two earlier successful conversions.

Then Oakland marched to the winning field goal, waiting until only two seconds were left on the clock to call a time out.

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