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Oakland 17 at Birmingham 20

1985 Week 8 - Saturday, April 13, 1985
Attendance: 44,500, TV: ESPN


Joe Cribbs opens the scoring.


BIRMINGHAM, AL (AP) - Joe Cribbs gained a season-high 94 yards and Birmingham's defense had five sacks and two interceptions as the Stallions defeated Oakland 20-17 Saturday night.

The victory put Birmingham atop the United States Football League's Eastern Conference at 6-2. Second place Tampa Bay, at 5-2, plays Denver Monday night. Oakland fell to 4-3-1 and to fourth place in the Western Conference.

Birmingham drove 79 and 63 yards on its first two possessions, capped by scoring runs of 9 yards by Cribbs and 8 yards by quarterback Cliff Stoudt, who injured an elbow on the run and later had toi leave the game.

Danny Miller added field goals of 48 and 31 yards for Birmingham.

Oakland's Bobby Hebert hit Anthony Carter on a 24-yard toss to the 2 and John Williams carried it across early in the second quarter to make it 14-7.

Novo Bojovic got a 27-yard field goal for the Invaders in the third period, and with 20 seconds left in the game, Hebert hit Carter on a 3-yard scoring pass.

Birmingham sacked Hebert for a total of 41 yards, and Clanton got his second interception in the final quarter. Hebert finished with 17 completions on 30 passes for 192 yards.


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