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Birmingham 35 at Memphis 20


1984 Week 17 - Saturday, June 16, 1984
Birmingham Stallions(13-3)(-9.5) at Memphis Showboats(7-9)
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.

2nd Q




Highlights




Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
BIR	7      14	7	7   -   35
MEM	3	7	7	3   -   20

Scoring

MEM:Duncan 38 yd field goal - MEM 3, BIR 0

BIR:Stoudt 4 yd run (Miller kick) - BIR 7, MEM 3

BIR:Cribbs 9 yd run (Miller kick) - BIR 14, MEM 3

MEM:Crawford 7 yd pass from Kelley (Duncan kick) - BIR 14, MEM 10

BIR:Cribbs 31 yd on lateral from Smith following 13 yd pass from Stoudt (Miller kick) - BIR 21, MEM 10

MEM:Crawford 12 yd pass from Kelley (Duncan kick) - BIR 21, MEM 17

BIR:Smith 50 yd pass from Stoudt (Miller kick) - BIR 28, MEM 17

MEM:Duncan 20 yd field goal - BIR 28, MEM 20

BIR:Perry 3 yd run (Miller kick) - BIR 35, MEM 20

Box Score

                             BIR            MEM
First Downs                   20             18
Rushes-Yards              41-169          14-77
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    19-13-282-0    35-26-282-0
Sacked-Yards Lost            1-7           5-41
Total Plays-Yards         61-444         54-318
Fumbles-Lost                 4-2            2-1
Penalties-Yards             5-35           5-50
Turnovers                      2              1
Time of Possession         34:01          25:59

Attendance = 50,079

BIRMINGHAM				     MEMPHIS
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Stoudt       19  13 282  0  2 146.3          Kelley       35  26 282  0  2 116.6

Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Cribbs       19  74  3.9  1                  Ford          9  48  5.3  0
Perry        16  56  3.5  1                  Fitzgerald    2  13  6.5  0
Stoudt        4  28  7.0  1                  Reid          2   9  4.5  0
Talton        2  11  5.5  0                  Kelley        1   7  7.0  0

Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Smith         8 177 22.1  1                  Carney        5  71 14.2  0
Perry         3  42 14.0  0                  Crawford      6  52  8.7  2
Mason         2  32 16.0  0                  Shirk         4  32  8.0  0
Cribbs        0  31  -.-  1                  Ford          3  32 10.7  0
                                             Quarles       2  32 16.0  0
                                             Jordan        1  29 29.0  0
                                             Sandilands    2  25 12.5  0
                                             Reid          3   9  3.0  0

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Mansfield       5 106 21.2  0                Crawford        4  60 15.0  0
                                             Ford            1  24 24.0  0
                                             Groves          1  11 11.0  0

Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Frederick       2  10  5.0  0                None

Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Miller          0-0  --  5-5    5            Duncan          2-2  38  2-2    8
                miss: --                                     miss: --

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Parsons         1  33 33.0                   Partridge       3 122 40.7

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Bohannon        1   9                        Clancy          1   6
Perko           1   9                        Freeman         1   1
Sales           1   8                        Hollie        0.5  2.5
Cline           1   8                        Griffin       0.5  2.5
Paggett         1   7                        Griffin       0.5  2.5

Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
None                                         None

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Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


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