Breakers 30, Invaders 17
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Matt Robinson threw for three touchdowns and Portland defenders picked off four Bobby Hebert passes Saturday night as the Breakers pulled away for a 30-17 United States Football League victory over the Oakland Invaders.
Hebert, who hadn’t thrown an interception in four games, gave up two in the first quarter to help Portland bolt to a 17-0 lead.
The first two Breaker touchdowns came on passes of 13 and 4 yards from Robinson to tight end Dan Ross. In between, Tim Mazzetti booted a 43-yard field goal and Portland had a 17-point lead just 2:10 into the second quarter.
Oakland, 4-2-1, rallied for two second-quarter touchdowns - one on a 33- yard pass from a scrambling Hebert to Albert Bentley and the other a two- yard run by John Williams to cap a 90-yard drive.
The Invaders, 91/2 -point favorites, managed to tie the score at 17-17 on a 42-yard field goal by Novo Bojovic four minutes into the third quarter.
But Portland scored two third-quarter touchdowns and held on to end Oakland’s three-game winning streak.
The Breakers, 3-4, went 64 yards in 11 plays with Robinson hitting Dwight Beverly with a 2-yard scoring pass. Mazzetti’s conversion kick was blocked, his first miss after 108 consecutive pro football extra points, and Portland led 23-17.
After Hebert threw his third interception, running back Louis Jackson tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass to newly-acquired Anthony Allen and the Breakers boosted their lead to the final 30-17 margin with 2:27 to play in the third quarter.
Oakland drove to the Portland 5 yard line with 3:22 to play in the game, but Hebert’s pass to Mike Shumann for an apparent touchdown on fourth down and one yard to go was ruled incomplete because Shumann didn’t get both feet in the end zone.
Portland, playing without running back Buford Jordan because of a hamstring injury, was trying to make amends after an embarrassing 33-0 homefield loss to San Antonio Monday night. Scott Byers intercepted two passes for Portland.
A crowd of 23,388 watched the contest on an unusually warm, clear Portland night.