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Birmingham 35 at Memphis 20

1984 Week 17 - Saturday, June 16, 1984
Attendance: 50,079, TV: ESPN

MEMPHIS, TN(AP) - The Birmingham Stallions combined the pinpoint passing of Cliff Stoudt and the running of Joe Crlbbs and Leon Perry to clinch the Southern Division title with a 35-20 USFL win over the Memphis Showboats Saturday night.

A sellout crowd of 50,079 -- only the second sellout in USFL history -- saw the Showboats fail in a bid to gain revenge for a 54-6 shellacking at the hands of the Stallions earlier in the season. Birmingham raised its record to 14-3. Memphis fell to 7-10. Both teams have one game remaining.

The Showboats opened the scoring with less than two minutes gone in the game after Mike Thomas picked up a fumble by Perry and returned it to the Birmingham 30. Four plays later, Alan Duncan kicked a 38-yard field goal.

Birmingham then marched 78 yards in nine plays as Stoudt scored the first of his two touchdowns. The Stallions upped the score to 14-3 early in the second quarter when Crlbbs scampered nine yards for his first touchdown.

Cribbs rushed for 74 yards on 19 carries, while Perry rolled up 56 yards on 15 carries.

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