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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.
Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn