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New Jersey 17 at Birmingham 6
1984 Week 1 - Sunday, February 26, 1984
New Jersey Generals(0-0)(-2) at Birmingham Stallions(0-0)
Attendance: 62,300, TV: ABC
BIRMINGHAM (AP) - For Donald Trump, the free-spending, free-talking owner of the New Jersey Generals, the first day of the United States Football League's second season was a harbinger of great things to come. Ballyhooed newcomers like Mike Rozier, Joe Cribbs and Cliff Stoudt can only hope so.
"It's big this week and it will keep on going up," an ebullient Trump said Sunday as he surveyed the league-record crowd of 62,300 that turned out at Birmingham's Legion Field to watch Brian Sipe lead the Generals to a 17-6 win over the Birmingham Stallions.
"It will get bigger next week and it will be the biggest yet two weeks from now," said Trump, whose Generals open at home in two weeks.
Birmingham's Cribbs and Stoudt, two heralded jumpers from the National Football League, were pretty well shut down by a New Jersey defense with eight new starters, most of them lured from the National Football League. Stoudt was lifted in the third quarter after completing 6 of 13 passes for only 51 yards; Cribbs gained 52 yards in 16 carries.
Sipe, who left the Cleveland Browns to sign with New Jersey, completed 12 of 24 passes for 175 yards and fullback Maurice Carthon ran for two 1-yard touchdowns.
Still, Sipe said: "I was not very pleased. I had only an average day. I'm glad it went into the win column."
Herschel Walker, who said he was "running real cautiously" because of a sore shoulder, gained 43 yards for the Generals.
February 26, 1984 New Jersey Generals - 17 Birmingham Stallions - 6 at Legion Field 62,300 New Jersey 7 3 7 0 -- 17 Birmingham 0 3 0 3 -- 6 1st Quarter NJ - Carthon 1 run (Ruzek kick) 2nd Quarter BIRM - FG Norwood 26 NJ - FG Ruzek 51 3rd Quarter NJ - Carthon 1 run (Ruzek kick) 4th Quarter BIRM - FG Norwood 32 TEAM STATS: NEW JERSEY BIRMINGHAM First Downs 16 17 Rushes-yards 36-89 25-104 Passing yards 175 188 Return yards 22 41 Passes 12-24-1 19-40-2 Sacks by 1-6 0-0 Punts 6-31 4-35 Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-1 Penalties-yards 5-50 9-66 Time of possession 31:57 28:03 INDIVIDUAL STATS: RUSHING = New Jersey: Walker 17-43, Carthon 15-46, Barbaro 1-4, Sipe 1-2, Harmon 2-2. Birmingham: Cribbs 16-52, Talton 6-18, Stoudt 2-25, Lane 1-9. PASSING = New Jersey: Sipe 12-24-1-175. Birmingham: Stoudt 6-13-1-51, Lane 13-27-1-143. RECEIVING = New Jersey: Collins 4-38, Bowers 3-66, McConnaughey 3-49, Carthon 1-11, Walker 1-11. Birmingham: Mason 5-62, Smith 5-52, Cribbs 5-36, Jones 3-37, Talton 1-7. MISSED FIELD GOALS = Birmingham: Norwood 38.
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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn