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Tampa Bay 17 at Birmingham 29
1983 Week 18 - Saturday, July 2, 1983
Tampa Bay Bandits(11-6)(-3.5) at Birmingham Stallions(8-9)
Attendance: 20,300, TV: ESPN
BIRMINGHAM(UPI) - The Birmingham Stallions eked out a .500 season by defeating Tampa Bay 29-17 Saturday night and crushed the Bandits' hopes of being in the first-ever USFL championship playoffs.
The Bandits, 11-7, were tied with Chicago and Michigan for first place in the Central Division before the game.
Bobby Lane threw two touchdown passes to Jim Smith in the victory that improved Bimingham's record to a break-even 9-9. The victory capped a perfect day for Birmingham, in which the Stallions signed Buffalo Bills' running back Joe Cribbs. Cribbs signed a contract on the field at halftime to play for the Stallions next season.
The Stallions scored first, with 5:34 left in the first quarter. A clipping penalty on a punt return put the Stallions on their own three, but a 38-yard pass from Lane to Smith and a 32-yard run by Lane set up Lonnie Johnson's 3-yard touchdown run.
Tampa Bay came right back on its next possession. Jimmy Jordan hit Eric Truvillion with a 46-yard bomb and Greg Boone ran 16 yards on a draw play. Gary Anderson scored from two yards out with 1:25 left in the quarter.
1983 USFL Regular Season 1983 Week 18 Saturday, July 2, 1983 Tampa Bay Bandits 17 @ Birmingham Stallions 29 Stadium : Legion Field, Birmingham, AL. Attendance: 20,300 Tampa Bay Birmingham First Downs 18 21 Rushes - Yards 15-41 43-220 Passing Yards 301 161 Return Yards 93 105 Passes 24-39-2 12-28-1 Sacks - Yards Lost 4-36 1-14 Punts - Avg. 5-43.6 5-44.2 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards 15-105 13-81 Time of Possession 23:50 36:10 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total Tampa Bay 7 3 0 7 - 17 Birmingham 14 9 3 3 - 29 1st Quarter Scoring Birmingham Stallions - Johnson 3 yd. Run ( Norwood Kick ). Tampa Bay Bandits - Anderson 2 yd. Run ( Andrusyshyn Kick ). Birmingham Stallions - Anderson 50 yd. Pass from Lane ( Norwood Kick ). 2nd Quarter Scoring Birmingham Stallions - Safety, Spencer tackled Jordan in End Zone. Birmingham Stallions - J. Smith 9 yd. Pass from Lane ( Norwood Kick ). Tampa Bay Bandits - 39 yd. Field Goal by Andrusyshyn. 3rd Quarter Scoring Birmingham Stallions - 50 yd. Field Goal by Norwood. 4th Quarter Scoring Birmingham Stallions - 29 yd. Field Goal by Norwood. Tampa Bay Bandits - Truvillion 1 yd. Pass from Jordan ( Andrusyshyn Kick ). INDIVIDUAL Statistics Rushing Tampa Bay Bandits - Anderson 9-26, Boone 3-15, Platt 3-0. Birmingham Stallions - Talton 24-95, Gant 9-56, Johnson 4-7, Lane 3-38, J. Smith 2-19, Quarles 1-5. Passing Tampa Bay Bandits - Jordan 24-39-2-337. Birmingham Stallions - Lane 12-28-1-175. Receiving Tampa Bay Bandits - Gillespie 7-123, Buggs 7-70, Anderson 4-77, Truvillion 2-47, Boone 2-2, Gilbert 1-9, Cox 1-9. Birmingham Stallions - J. Smith 5-76, Gant 2-16, Tallon 2-11, Anderson 1-50, Frederick 1-11, Mason 1-11. Kickoff Returns Tampa Bay Bandits - Bailey 2-47, Anderson 2-36. Birmingham Stallions - Kincaid 3-67, Johnson 1-20, Hickman 1-0. Punt Returns Tampa Bay Bandits - Bailey 2-10, Anderson 1-0. Birmingham Stallions - Kincaid 4-16. Punting Tampa Bay Bandits - Andrusyshyn 5-43.6 Yd. Avg. Birmingham Stallions - Johnston 5-44.2 Yd. Avg. Field Goals Tampa Bay Bandits - Andrusyshyn 1 of 1. Birmingham Stallions - Norwood 2 of 2 Interceptions Tampa Bay Bandits - King 1 for 0 yd. Birmingham Stallions - Thompson 1 for 2 yd., Cesare 1 for 0 yd. Sacks Tampa Bay Bandits - Nordgren 1-14. Birmingham Stallions - Walker 1/2 sack for 7 yds., Hickman 1-7, Murphy 1/2 sack for 7 yds., F. Smith 1-7, Spencer 1-8.
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