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Philadelphia 22 at Arizona 21

1984 Week 7 - Sunday, April 8, 1984
Philadelphia Stars(5-1) at Arizona Wranglers(3-3)(-1)
Attendance: 30,252, TV: ABC

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP)-- Chuck Fusina fired an 11-yard touchdown pass to Willie Collier with 1:40 remaining and David Trout kicked the extra-point to cap a 16-point second-half rally as the Philadelphia Stars beat the error-prone Arizona Wranglers 22-21 in a United States Football League game Sunday.

The win was Philadelphia's fourth straight and improved its record to 6-1.

The Stars were without running back Kelvin Bryant -- the league's Most Valuable Player last year and second-leading rusher this season -- who didn't suit up due to an injured left knee.

Arizona lost its second consecutive game and fell to 3-4 before a crowd of 30,252 at 70,021-seat Sun Devil Stadium plus a national television audience.

Behind 21-6 at halftime, the Stars watched Wrangler placekicker Frank Corral miss a 41-yard field goal early in the third quarter and then recovered a fumbled punt on the Arizona 46. Seven plays later, Fusina lofted a 30-yard touchdown pass to David Riley with 3:50 left in the period.

After Herbert Harris recovered another fumbled punt at the Arizona 15-yard line, Trout's 27-yard field goal 1:29 into the fourth quarter cut Philadelphia's deficit to 21-15.

Sam Mills recovered a fumble by Wrangler quarterback Greg Landry at the Stars' 35 with 3:31 to go in the game which set up the winning score.

Fusina hit Riley with a 60-yard pass to the Arizona 11 before Collier's decisive catch and Trout's kick for a 22-21 lead.

Philadelphia sealed the victory with 53 seconds left when Pete Kugler recovered another Landry fumble at the Philadelphia 47-yard line.

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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn

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