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Birmingham 22 at New Jersey 7
1983 Week 10 - Monday, May 9, 1983
Birmingham Stallions(4-5) at New Jersey Generals(3-6)(-2)
Attendance: 38,734, TV: ESPN
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Scott Norwood kicked five field goals and the Birmingham defense held United States Football League rushing leader Herschel Walker to a career-low 28 yards as tbe Stallions defeated the New Jersey Generals 22-7 Monday night.
Norwood had field goals of 39, 28, 31, 37 and 25 yards as the Stallions evened their record at 5-5. He missed a 41-yarder in the fourth quarter before a crowd of 38,734. The five field goals were the most in a USFL game this season.
Walker, who had 11 carries and leads the league with 1,051 yards on 232 rushes, failed to gain more than 100 yards for the first time in six games. His previous low was 39 yards on 19 carries against Tampa Bay in the third game of the season. Four Birmingham players outrushed Walker - Ken Talton (20-64), Earl Gant (12-56), Billy White (15-53) and Cornelius Quartes (11-47).
The Stallions outrushed the Generals 242-38. Walker gained only 19 yards on five carries in the first half as the Stallions outgained the Generals 127-19 on the ground and controlled the ball for 22:03 of the half.
The Generals went ahead 7-0 early in the first quarter on Bobby Scott's 37-yard touchdown pass to Tom McConnaughey. Birmingham took a 13-7 lead on White's 1-yard touchdown run later in the period and Scott Norwood's 39-and 28-yard field goals in the second quarter.
Norwood boosted the Stallions' lead to 22-7 on 31- and 37-yard field goals late in the third quarter and a 25-yarder with 1:08 to play. Norwood recovered a fumbled kickoff return by Thomas Lott to set up his fourth field goal.
May 9, 1983 Birmingham Stallions - 22 New Jersey Generals - 7 at Giants Stadium 38,734 Birmingham 7 6 6 3 -- 22 New Jersey 7 0 0 0 -- 7 1st Quarter NJ - McConnaughey 37 pass from Scott (Jacobs kick) BIRM - White 1 run (Norwood kick) 2nd Quarter BIRM - FG Norwood 39 BIRM - FG Norwood 28 3rd Quarter BIRM - FG Norwood 31 BIRM - FG Norwood 37 4th Quarter BIRM - FG Norwood 25 TEAM STATS: BIRMINGHAM NEW JERSEY First Downs 24 8 Rushes-yards 64-242 17-38 Passing yards 182 132 Return yards 41 128 Passes 13-13-0 22-9-0 Sacks by 2-16 3-10 Punts 2-38.5 6-33.5 Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1 Penalties-yards 3-40 2-15 Time of possession 43:28 16:32 INDIVIDUAL STATS: RUSHING = Birmingham: Quarles 11-47, Talton 20-64, Gant 12-56, White 15-53, Smith 1-9, Frederick 1-(-8), Lane 4-21. New Jersey: Carthon 4-0, Walker 11-28, Scott 2-10. PASSING = Birmingham: Lane 19-13-0-182. New Jersey: Scott 16-7-0-121, Bradley 6-2-0-11. RECEIVING = Birmingham: Smith 5-78, Anderson 2-28, Gant 1-8, Mason 1-32, Quarles 1-6, Skibinski 1-8, Talton 1-9, Frederick 1-13. New Jersey: McConnaughey 2-53, Bowers 4-62, Walker 2-12, Carthon 1-5. MISSED FIELD GOALS = Birmingham: Norwood 41
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Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn