Week 6 – 1983: Oakland Invaders vs Boston Breakers w/Bonus Coverage

1983 Week 6 – Sunday, April 10, 1983
Attendance: 7,984

[NOTE: If you want to skip all the pregame analysis forward the video to the 6:00 minute mark where kickoff starts.

Also since this game was a blowout the network ABC with a few minutes left switched to the Birmingham vs Chicago game for bonus coverage. Unfortunately the video I received didn’t have all of the last minutes of the game]

Ted Torosion rambled for two touchdowns through the wind and rain after an interception and fumble recovery by Oakland as the Invaders snapped the Boston Breakers’ four-game winning streak.

Richard Crump put the Breakers, 4-2, ahead 7-0 early in the second quarter with a 1-yard plunge before Torosion got his first touchdown on a 2-yard run with 1:45 left in the period. Kevin Shea’s extra point attempt was blocked, leaving Boston ahead 7-6.

Torosion’s touchdown climaxed an 80-yard march started by Derrick Martin’s interception in the end zone of Johnnie Walton’s pass.

Crump’s fumble on Boston’s first play after the kickoff was recovered by Matt Elisara at the Boston 22-yard line. Five plays later Shea connected on a 28-yard field goal to give Oakland, 3-3, the lead for good, 9-7, as time ran out in the first half.

QB Fred Besana throws his first interception in nearly a month, setting a USFL-record for most consecutive passes without a pick (135 attempts). The miscue proves to be of little consequence as the Invaders roll over the Boston Breakers, 26-7, at Nickerson Field.


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  • Video quality here is absolutely awful.

    Graymont to Los Angeles July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • I like the history games… Please more

    Eastman July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • They could renew the league with 8 original franchises that wouldn't mess with NFL teams:
    Birmingham Stallions
    Memphis Showboats
    New Jersey Generals
    Oakland Invaders
    Oklahoma Outlaws
    Orlando Renegades
    Portland Breakers
    San Antonio Gunslingers

    Joe Wilson July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • I really like those helmets for the Boston Breakers. I did like this team, and they came along when breakdancing was becoming popular, so some wondered exactly if the nickname was related. The Breakers moved to New Orleans for the 1984 season and started 5-0 and generated some excitement because the Saints had not had a really good season yet. Loved the Irene Cara theme song "What a Feeling" for the 1984 New Orleans Breakers.

    Rescue162 July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • I miss the USFL

    Viking Finn July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • I went to at least one of Breakers home games at BU.

    aspenrebel July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • Did you notice the size of the shoulder pads the Invaders kicker was wearing?

    Bumblebee Rodeo July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • Not a big deal but how come they don't play in Foxboro. You know they got some football teams they don't really play in the city they are named like the 49ers, giants/jets, redskins, cowboys, bills and dolphins. Just curious

    thenewjord50 July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • Future Stanford coach David Shaw starting at OLB for the Invaders.

    Joe Schizoid July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • Please bring back the USFL.

    Brian Nielsen July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • I went to a few Breakers games in '83. Including the home opener. They gave away free Breakers towels. The venue was too small for a pro football team. The Patriots wouldn't let them use Foxborough Stadium. They couldn't get Harvard stadium or BC's field either. Since they played in the spring, Fenway Park was off limits. But, the games were pretty damn good. WAY better than that joke XFL league that Vince McMahon ran. That was hardly better than high school football.

    dancingdog60 July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • the Invaders unis remind me of the Philadelphia Bell; World Football League….

    mike de carlo July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • Bring back the USFL !

    wingmover July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • breakers had the best uniforms

    Hector Roman July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • Loved the usfl  rumor has it they are trying to bring it back

    Arthur Archambeau July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply
  • A crowd of less than eight-thousand at a major league pro football game 

    Ederik Schneider July 18, 2020 11:42 am Reply

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