Jimmy Jordan had two touchdown passes to lead Tampa Bay to a 17-10 U.S. Football League victory over the Oakland Invaders today in Oakland, Calif., but he became the second Bandits quarterback to be knocked out with a serious injury in three weeks.
Mother's Day and a national television broadcast of the game kept about 10,000 of the 26,989 ticketholders away from the Oakland Coliseum, and those who showed up booed the home team vigorously.
Oakland, which trailed, 17-0, after three periods, saw its comeback fall short despite a touchdown early in the final period on a three-yard keeper by quarterback Fred Besana and a 30-yard field goal by Kevin Shea.
Jordan, who became a starter when John Reeves broke his wrist, left the game with a separated shoulder midway through the third period, after completing 12 of 14 passes for 145 yards.
"We were fortunate to win this game. It was due mostly to the Oakland turnovers," said Tampa Bay Coach Steve Spurrier, a former Heisman-winning quarterback. "I wish we could protect the quarterbacks in this league like they do in the other league. It's a league-wide problem."