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Birmingham 27 at Tampa Bay 9

1984 Week 5 - Monday, March 26, 1984
Attendance: 37,899, TV: ESPN


TAMPA. Fla. ( U P I ) - Tampa Bay coach Steve Spurrier had no excuses after his Bandits were thrashed 27-9 by the Birmingham Stallions in U.S. Football League play Monday night.

"We were soundly whipped" Spurrier said. "That was the most lopsided time of possession game I've ever seen."

The Stallions had the ball for almost 23 minutes in the first half to just over seven for Tampa Bay, but the Bandits somehow managed to stay within 13-3 at halftime.

For the game. Birmingham held the ball for over 41 minutes.

The Stallions, extending their winning streak to four games, used ball control and the experience of NFL veterans Cliff Stoudt and Joe Cribbs to improve to 4-1, one game back of New Orleans in the Southern Division. The Bandits are 3-2.

Stoudt, who left the Pittsburgh Steelers for the Stallions, ran for one touchdown and set up another TD and a field goal with his passing. Cribbs the former Buffalo Bills running back, carried 30 times for 93 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown, and caught three passes for 14 yards.

Stoudt finished with 13 completions in 26 attempts for 180 yards and no interceptions. He was sacked once for 10 yards.

Tackle Jackie Cline gave Birmingham its first points when he sacked rookie quarterback Wayne Peace for a safety in the first period

Tampa scored on a 43-yard field goal in the first period by Xenon Andrusyshyn and a 12-yard pass from Peace lo tight end Marvin Harvey in the third.

On the final touchdown drive in the fourth period, the Stallions had the ball for 11 minutes and 10 seconds in the 18-play series, with Cribbs carrying 11 times.

Stoudt credited the offensive line for the Stallions' showing.

"If there is a better line in the league. I haven't seen it." he said.

"They have good running backs and a hard-working offensive line that came off the ball and stuffed it down our throats." said Tampa linebacker Kelly Kirchbaum. "Maybe we weren't ready physically to play this game."


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