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Memphis 6 at Birmingham 54


1984 Week 4 - Saturday, March 17, 1984
Memphis Showboats(1-2) at Birmingham Stallions(2-1)(-9.5)
Attendance: 41,500, TV: ESPN

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UPI) - Cliff Stoudt, who passed for 273 yards, threw three touchdown passes and rushed for two more Saturday night to spark the Birmingham Stallions to a record 54-6 U.S. Football League rout of the Memphis Showboats.

The Stallions scored on every first-half possession en route to surpassing Jacksonville's previous USFL record of 53 points against Washington earlier this year. The win, before an estimated 41,500, improved Birmingham's record to 3-1. The Showboats fell to 1-3.

Stoudt, who was booed in a season-opening loss to New Jersey, hit on 21 of 29 passes and accounted for two scores in each half before exiting late in the third quarter.

Memphis was down 47-0 midway through the final period when quarterback Ken Johnson came on in relief of former Alabama standout Walter Lewis and hit Derrick Crawford with a two-yard scoring pass.

Birmingham needed only four plays to get the rout started. Stoudt threw 38 yards to rookie receiver Joey Jones, who made a tumbling touchdown catch to make it 7-0 with the game less than five minutes old.

Leon Perry powered under the left side of the Stallions' line from one yard out to cap a 68-yard drive on Birmingham's next possession to make it 14-0.

The Showboats were forced to punt three plays later, and Birmingham defensive back Ricky Ray blasted in to block the kick, which rolled through the end zone for a safety.

	1	2	3	4	F
MEM	0	0	0	6   -    6
BIR    14      12      14      14   -   54

Scoring

BIR:Jones 38 yd pass from Stoudt (Miller kick) - BIR 7, MEM 0

BIR:Perry 1 yd run (Miller kick) - BIR 14, MEM 0

BIR:Safety, punt blocked through end zone - BIR 16, MEM 0

BIR:Stoudt 7 yd run (Miller kick) - BIR 23, MEM 0

BIR:Miller 31 yd field goal - BIR 26, MEM 0

BIR:Battaglia 2 yd pass from Stoudt (Miller kick) - BIR 33, MEM 0

BIR:Stoudt 1 yd run (Miller kick) - BIR 40, MEM 0

BIR:Gant 2 yd run (Miller kick) - BIR 47, MEM 0

MEM:Crawford 2 yd pass from Johnson (pass failed) - BIR 47, MEM 6

BIR:Lane 7 yd run (Miller kick) - BIR 54, MEM 6

Box Score

                             MEM            BIR
First Downs                   12             25
Rushes-Yards               12-71         39-195
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    32-12-139-4    30-21-273-0
Sacked-Yards Lost           5-45            0-0
Total Plays-Yards         49-165         69-468
Fumbles-Lost                 1-0            1-1
Penalties-Yards             6-40           3-35
Turnovers                      4              1
Time of Possession         23:53          36:07

Attendance = 41,500 (est)

MEMPHIS					     BIRMINGHAM
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Lewis        19   6  68  1  0  21.4          Stoudt       29  21 273  0  2 124.6
Johnson      13   6  71  3  1  49.4          Lane          1   0   0  0  0  39.6

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Lewis         2  49 24.5  0                  Gant         11  74  6.7  1
Quarles       7  12  1.7  0                  Perry         7  24  3.4  1
Johnson       1   7  7.0  0                  Cribbs        8  22  2.8  0
Reid          1   5  5.0  0                  Jones         1  22 22.0  0
Penaranda     1  -2 -2.0  0                  Stoudt        4  19  4.8  2
                                             Johnson       2  15  7.5  0
                                             Talton        5  12  2.4  0
                                             Lane          1   7  7.0  1

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Shirk         5  59 11.8  0                  Smith         9 133 14.8  0
Quarles       3  45 15.0  0                  Jones         3  60 20.0  1
Crawford      3  22  7.0  1                  Cribbs        3  38 12.7  0
Carney        1  13 13.0  0                  Toler         1  19 19.0  0
                                             Gant          1  15 15.0  0
                                             Mason         1   7  7.0  0 
                                             Battaglia     1   2  2.0  1
                                             Perry         2  -1 -0.5  0

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Crawford        3  87 29.0  0                Gant            1  26 26.0  0
Reid            4  43 10.8  0                Frederick       1  22 22.0  0
                                             Toler           1   0  0.0  0

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Dameron         1   0  0.0  0                Frederick       1   0  0.0  0

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Duncan          0-1  --  0-0    0            Miller          1-1  31  7-7    2
                miss: 46                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Partridge       5 156 31.2                   Johnston        2  82 41.0

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
None                                         Perko         2.5  26
                                             Spencer       1.5   9
                                             Boyd            1  10


Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Gentry          1   8  8.0  0                None
Evans           1   0  0.0  0                 
Woodberry       1   0  0.0  0        

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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