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Boston 16 at Philadelphia 23


1983 Week 8 - Sunday, April 24, 1983
Boston Breakers(5-2) at Philadelphia Stars(6-1)(-6.5)
Attendance: 10,257, TV: ABC

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Stars handed Boston two points, then the Breakers handed Philadelphia the football - and their United States Football League game.

The Stars, whose 7-1 record is the best in the league, downed 5-3 Boston 23-16 Sunday.

Kelvin Bryant ran for 110 yards and a touchdown but the key play came late in the game. Stars punter Sean Landeta ran out of his own end zone with Philadelphia ahead 20-14 for a safety.

On the ensuing kickoff, however, Boston's Ira Matthews fumbled at his own 30 and John Sutton recovered for the Stars.

With 1:49 left, David Trout put the game out of reach with a 42-yard field goal. , "I think the Stars made a poor decision in calling for the safety," said Breakers Coach Richard Coury. "It gave us a chance but we fumbled it away and that cost us the game."

"Our kicking coverage was excellent," noted Stars Coach Jim Mora, "and the fumble recovery was the turning point of the game."

Sutton said the Stars did everything they planned to do on Matthews' kick return. "The biggest thing we wanted to do was make sure we made the tackle to keep them from getting good field position," said Sutton.

Boston quarterback John Walton hit 31 of 44 passes for 367 yards.

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Highlights




Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
BOS	0	0	7	9   -   16
PHI	7      10	3	3   -   23

Scoring

PHI:Collier 14 yd pass from Fusina (Trout kick) - PHI 7, BOS 0

PHI:Bryant 21 yd run (Trout kick) - PHI 14, BOS 0

PHI:Trout 34 yd field goal - PHI 17, BOS 0

PHI:Trout 26 yd field goal - PHI 20, BOS 0

BOS:Lockett 86 yd pass from Walton (Mazzetti kick) - PHI 20, BOS 7

BOS:Crump 8 yd pass from Walton (Mazzetti kick) - PHI 20, BOS 14

BOS:Safety, Landeta runs out of end zone - PHI 20, BOS 16

PHI:Trout 42 yd field goal - PHI 23, BOS 16

Box Score

                             BOS            PHI
First Downs                   19             14
Rushes-Yards               22-94         40-154
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    45-32-382-1    18-12-124-1
Sacked-Yards Lost            1-5           3-24
Total Plays-Yards         57-311         61-254
Fumbles-Lost                 7-4            2-2
Penalties-Yards             7-60           4-30
Turnovers                      5              3
Time of Possession         27:23          32:37

Attendance = 10,257

BOSTON					     PHILADELPHIA
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Walton       44  31 367  1  2 101.2          Fusina       18  12 124  1  1  81.7
Mazzetti      1   1  15  0  0 118.8               
 
Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Crump        13  51  3.9  0                  Bryant       23 110  4.8  1
Davis         7  32  4.6  0                  Harvin        6  20  3.3  0
Walton        2  11  5.5  0                  Fusina        4  13  3.3  0
                                             Russell       4  12  3.0  0
                                             Riley         2   4  2.0  0
                                             Landeta       1  -5 -5.0  0
  
Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Lockett       5 131 26.2  1                  Parker        3  55 18.3  0
Smith, C      5  97 19.4  0                  Collier       2  30 15.0  1
Franz         7  74 10.6  0                  Folsom        1  11 11.0  0
Crump         6  50  8.3  0                  Bryant        2   7  3.5  0
Davis         5  19  3.8  0                  Donovan       1   6  6.0  0
Johnson, A    4  11  2.8  0                  Riley         1   5  5.0  0
                                             Harvin        1   5  5.0  0
                                             Russell       1   5  5.0  0

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Matthews        4  52 13.0  0                Harvin          3  79 26.3  0
Needham         1   5  5.0  0                
 
Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
None                                         Woerner         2  12  6.0  0
  
Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Mazzetti        0-1   0  2-2    2            Trout           3-3  42  2-2   11
                miss: 46                                     miss: none

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Hoopes          3  86 28.7                   Landeta         4 175 43.8

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Phillips        2  20                        Bunting         1   5
Restic          1   4                        
  
Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Needham         1   0  0.0  0                Howard          1   0  0.0  0

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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