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Birmingham 28 at Michigan 17

1984 Week 8 - Sunday, April 15, 1984
Attendance: 42,655, TV: ABC


PONTIAC,MI (AP) -Cliff Stoudt's appearance at the Pontiac Silverdome as quarterback of the Birmingham Stallions was quite a contrast to his last previous visit as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Stoudt had a miserable game last Thanksgiving as the Steelers lost 45-3 to the Detroit Lions, but on Sunday he helped the Stallions win their seventh straight game, 28-17 over Michigan, the defending United States Football League champions.

"My trip to Detroit last time was pretty low," said Stoudt, who completed 15 of 24 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over the Panthers. "It was a rotten way to spend a holiday. But that's in the past now."

Stoudt got plenty of help from former Buffalo Bill Joe Cribbs, who caught one of the TD passes for seven yards, rushed three yards for another score and finished with 116 yards on 20 carries.

Despite Birmingham's lofty 7-1 record under Coach Rollie Dotsch, Stoudt's statistics are undistinguished. He has completed less than 52 percent of his passes, has thrown for an average of only 144 yards per game and has only seven touchdown passes in eight outings.

Michigan, 6-2, playing without star receiver Anthony Carter, who has a broken left arm, took a 7-0 lead before a home crowd of 42,665 on a 38-yard pass play from quarterback Bobby Hebert to Derek Holloway. But Cribbs' two touchdowns before halftime put Birmingham ahead for good.

Stoudt added a 17-yard TD 'pass to Jim Smith in the third quarter.


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