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Tampa Bay 30 at Washington 23

1983 Week 8 - Sunday, April 24, 1983
Attendance: 9,070


WASHINGTON (AP) - Carl Franks ran 18 yards for a touchdown with 2:25 to play as the Tampa Bay Bandits defeated the Washington Federals 30-23 in a United Football League game Sunday.

Franks, a rookie from Duke who was activated for this game, appeared to be stopped at the line, but he wiggled free and sprinted into the end zone.

The victory kept Tampa Bay, 6-2, atop the Central Division of the USFL. The Federals, 1-7, are last in the Atlantic Division.

Leon Williams' interception set up Tampa Bay's winning 43-yard drive.

Tampa Bay quarterback Jimmy Jordan, who threw three touchdown passes to Eric Truvillion, finished with 29 completions in 45 attempts for 345 yards.

The game was played mostly in a steady rain, which was responsible for more no-shows than fans. The crowd was announced at 9,070, with 12, 754 no-shows.

Trailing 20-6 at halftime, the Federals scored in the opening 22 seconds of the second half on rookie Craig James' 19-yard run. It was set up by Mike Harris' 71-yard kickoff return, second longest in the USFL this season.

Mike Hohensee, who replaced starter Joe Gilliam at quarterback in second half for the Federals, connected with Mike Holmes on an 11-yard touchdown with 7:04 left in the third quarter. Dale Castro's extra point tied the score 20-20,

The scoring opened after Tampa's Alvin Bailey returned a punt 45 yards in the first quarter. Then, Jordan hit Truvillion with a 28-yard touchdown pass with 6:58 to play in the period.

Jordan was Tampa Bay's starting quarterback because John Reaves broke his wrist last week.

The Federals struck back when Eric Robinson broke a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

After receiving the kick on his 6, Robinson ran untouched down the left sideline. It was the longest kickoff return in the USFL this season and the first for a touchdown.

Sunday, April 24, 1983 at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
Attendance: 9,070


1Q
2Q
3Q
4Q
Final
Tampa Bay
13
7
0
10
30
WASHINGTON 6
0
14
3
23
TB Truvillion 28 yd pass from Jordan (kick failed)
WAS Robinson 94 yd kickoff return (kick failed)
TB Truvillion 15 yd pass from Jordan (Andrusyshyn kick)
WAS James 19 yd run (Castro kick)
WAS Holmes 10 yd pass from Hohensee (Castro kick)
WAS Castro 23 yd FG
TB Andrusyshyn 31 yd FG
TB Franks 18 yd run (Andrusyshyn kick)


TEAM STATISTICS
TB
WAS
First Downs............................................
31
16
Total Net Yards...................................... 452 278
Total Yds Rushing...................................
130
65
Total Yds Passing...................................
322
213
Pass Att - Comp - Int.............................
45 - 30 - 3
37 - 16 - 4
Off Plays - Avg.......................................
85 - 5.3
62 - 4.5
Punts - Avg.............................................
2 - 44.5
5 - 41.2
Returns - Yds..........................................
14 - 176
9 - 311
Penalties - Yds........................................
8 - 68
10 - 65
Fumbles - Lost........................................
5 - 4
4 - 2
Time of Possession..................................
35:28
24:32

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing TB Platt 22-71; Homes 5-15; Franks 8-43; Jordan 1-1; Koonce 1-0
WAS James 15-60; Taylor 7-6; Gilliam 1-(-1); Hohensee 2-0
Passing TB Jordan 45-30-3-345
WAS Gilliam 15-8-3-107; Hohensee 22-8-1-106
Receiving TB Truvillion 9-113; Platt 7-49; Buggs 7-103; Gillispie 3-51
WAS M. Harris 3-41; Walters 7-85; Holmes 3-47; Taylor 2-20; Rogusky 1-20

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