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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.

Complete Game


February 26, 1984
New Jersey Generals - 17
Birmingham Stallions - 6
at Legion Field

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

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

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.

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn

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