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Boston 16 at Oakland 17
1983 Week 17 - Saturday, June 25, 1983
Boston Breakers(10-6) at Oakland Invaders(8-8)(-3.5)
Attendance: 30,396, TV: ESPN
OAKLAND (AP) - Fred Besana passed for 227 yards and a touchdown Saturday as the Oakland Invaders capitalized on blunders by the Boston Breakers to clinch the Pacific Division title.
Boston, which got 122 yards rushing from halfback Richard Crump, crumbled from its own mistakes in the third period.
The Invaders recovered a fumble on their own 48 and moved to the Breakers' 3-yard line with the help of three penalties. Ted Torosian scored from one-yard out on the first play of the fourth quarter, giving Oakland a 17-13 lead.
Boston later had a touchdown nullified by a holding penalty and settled for a 24-yard field goal by Tim Mazzetti that closed the gap to 17-16 with 6:01 left to play.
1983 USFL Regular Season 1983 Week 17 Saturday, June 25, 1983 Boston Breakers 16 @ Oakland Invaders 17 Stadium : Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, CA. Attendance: 30,396 Boston Oakland First Downs 9 18 Rushes - Yards 22-161 34-126 Passing Yards 121 196 Return Yards 109 141 Passes 9-27-2 25-36-0 Sacks - Yards Lost 2-16 5-31 Punts - Avg. 5-39.2 8-39.6 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-1 Penalties-Yards 12-115 11-70 Time of Possession 20:39 39:21 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total Boston 0 10 3 3 - 16 Oakland 7 3 0 7 - 17 1st Quarter Scoring Oakland Invaders - Jackson 8 yd. Pass from Besana ( Shea Kick ). 2nd Quarter Scoring Boston Breakers - 35 yd. Field Goal by Mazzetti. Boston Breakers - Needham 75 yd. return of blocked field goal ( Mazzetti Kick ). Oakland Invaders - 22 yd. Field Goal by Shea. 3rd Quarter Scoring Boston Breakers - 20 yd. Field Goal by Mazzetti. 4th Quarter Scoring Oakland Invaders - Torosian 1 yd. Run ( Shea Kick ). Boston Breakers - 24 yd. Field Goal by Mazzetti. INDIVIDUAL Statistics Rushing Boston Breakers - Crump 13-122, Davis 3-11, D. Johnson 3-7, Steels 1-6, Woodward 2-15. Oakland Invaders - Jackson 23-90, Torosian 8-16, Besana 2-15, Aldridge 1-5. Passing Boston Breakers - Woodward 2-6-1-28, Walton 7-20-1-109, C. Smith 0-1-0-0. Oakland Invaders - Besana 25-36-0-227. Receiving Boston Breakers - Franz 3-36, C. Smith 2-55, D. Johnson 2-14, Coash 1-19, Crump 1-13. Oakland Invaders - Torosian 10-63 Jackson 8-110, Chester 4-45, Banks 2-9, Aldridge 1-0. Kickoff Returns Boston Breakers - Lockett 1-26, Gompf 1-18, Wilson 1-17. Oakland Invaders - Lewis 4-83. Punt Returns Boston Breakers - Wilson 3-29, Steels 2-19. Oakland Invaders - Banks 2-17. Punting Boston Breakers - Casarino 5-39.2 Yd. Avg. Oakland Invaders - Talley 8-39.6 Yd. Avg. Field Goals Boston Breakers - Mazzetti 3 of 4. Oakland Invaders - Shea 1 of 2. Interceptions Boston Breakers - None. Oakland Invaders - Williams 1-41, Daniel 1-0. Sacks Boston Breakers - Wilkerson 2-12, Gaylord 1-12, McClain 1-5, Phillips 1-2. Oakland Invaders - Bennett 1-8, Duncan 1-8.
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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn