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Philadelphia 17 at Birmingham 10


1983 Week 3 - Monday, March 21, 1983
Philadelphia Stars(2-0)(-3) at Birmingham Stallions(1-1)
Attendance: 12,850, TV: ESPN

BIRMINGHAM(AP) - Kelvin Bryant ran so well it didn't matter that quarterback Chuck Fusina had an off-night.

Bryant carried 27 times for 177 yards in Philadelphia's 17-10 United States Football League victory over the Birmingham Stallions Monday night, setting up a match next weekend between the league's only two undefeated teams, the Stars and the Tampa Bay Bandits.

"I don't feel I played a good game, but we work hard on both the run and the throw. But we were running so good there's no need to throw," said Fusina, who completed eight of 15 passes for just 56 yards. The Stars rushed 30 times for 200 yards.

"We were pretty conservative," Fusina said.

Bryant credited his success to the Stars' offensive line. "It lets me know our offensive line did a great job," Bryant said. "We've got some big horses up front. I just try to go out and play 100 percent. I don't worry about what people say about me."

When asked about his performance compared to Heisman Trophy-winner Herschel Walker of the New Jersey Generals, who has only 164 yards in 48 carries for the season, Bryant said: "Our offensive line is better than New Jersey's."

Stallions Coach Rollie Dotsch said, "Bryant demonstrated he is one of the best backs in the USFL, if not the country."

"I'm never pleased when a guy runs the ball down our throat," Dotsch said. "Our tackling was shoddy in the first half", when Bryant rushed for 139 yards. "There are two things we do well, rush the passer and protect the passer. There are elements in our game I am not pleased with."

Allen Harvin scored the Stars' first touchdown on a 2-yard run around left end in the first quarter and set up Bryant's third-period TD with a 67-yard return of the second-half kickoff. Bryant then rushed five consecutive plays, scoring form the 1.

Reggie Collier took the Stallions 58 yards in five plays for a touchdown.

Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
PHI	7	3	7	0   -   17
BIR	7	0	3	0   -   10

Scoring

PHI:Harvin 2 yd run (Trout kick) - PHI 7, BIR 0

BIR:Collier 4 yd run (Norwood kick) - BIR 7, PHI 7

PHI:Trout 23 yd field goal - PHI 10, BIR 7

PHI:Bryant 1 yd run (Trout kick) - PHI 17, BIR 7 

BIR:Norwood 19 yd field goal - PHI 17, BIR 10

Box Score

                             PHI            BIR
First Downs                   13             20
Rushes-Yards              30-200          34-98
Passing (A-C-Y-I)      15-8-56-1    38-22-229-3
Sacked-Yards Lost           3-29           2-15
Total Plays-Yards         48-227         74-312
Fumbles-Lost                 1-0            0-0
Penalties-Yards             5-49           4-25
Turnovers                      1              3
Time of Possession         27:28          32:32

Attendance = 12,850 

Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Fusina       15   8  56  1  0  34.0          Collier      14   7  95  2  0  32.4
                                             Lane         24  15 134  1  0  60.1
                                             
Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Bryant       27 177  6.6  1                  Talton        8  37  4.6  0
Harvin        2  21 10.5  1                  White,B      14  31  2.2  0
Russell       1   2  2.0  0                  Gant          5  22  4.4  0
                                             Collier       4   9  2.3  1
                                             Skibinski     1   3  3.0  0 
                                             Lane          1   1  1.0  0  
                                             Moy           1  -5 -5.0  0  

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Collier       2  28 14.0  0                  Moy           8 115 14.4  0
Fitzkee       2  10  5.0  0                  Mason         2  45 22.5  0
Dunek         1   9  9.0  0                  Anderson,G    3  33 11.0  0
Bryant        2   5  2.5  0                  Gant          2  12  6.0  0
Russell       1   4  4.0  0                  Talton        3  10  3.3  0
                                             White,B       2   9  4.5  0
                                             Skibinski     1   5  5.0  0
                                             Norwood       1   0  0.0  0  

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Harvin          1  67 67.0  0                Dirden          4  85 21.3  0
Riley           1  19 19.0  0                
Rodenberger     1  13 13.0  0                

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Woerner         2  19  9.5  0                Miller,K        1   0  0.0  0
   
Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Trout           1-2  23  2-2    5            Norwood         1-1  19  1-1    4
                miss: 37                                     miss: none

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Landeta          4 155 38.8                  Casarino        4 133 33.3

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Brooks          1   8                        Cline           1  12 
Moor            1   7                        Reed,F          1  11                                             
Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
Lush            2  10  5.0  0                Reed,F          1   0  0.0  0 
Woerner         1  22 22.0  0                 

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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