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Boston 16 at Oakland 17

1983 Week 17 - Saturday, June 25, 1983
Attendance: 30,396, TV: ESPN


Fred Besana scrambles before throwing a TD.


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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