We are in the process of preserving USFL video. More than three-and-a-half decades have passed since the USFL last played football, and video of its games is in more danger every day of being lost or destroyed. If you have any video, including partial or complete games, coaches film, highlights, news footage, coaches shows or anything else, please contact us.

Check out the searchable USFL stats from the Stats Crew.

Order the book, The United States Football League, 1982–1986.

« Previous Game Birmingham Next Game »
« Previous Game Denver Next Game »

Birmingham 19 at Denver 21


1983 Week 13 - Friday, May 27, 1983
Birmingham Stallions(7-5)(-4) at Denver Gold(4-8)
Attendance: 38,829, TV: ESPN

DENVER (AP) - Quarterback Fred Mortensen ran for two touchdowns and strong safety David Dumars returned an interception 78 yards for another score, leading the Denver Gold to a 21-19 United States Football League victory over the Birmingham Stallions on Friday night.

The victory marked the coaching debut of former National Football League quarterback Craig Morton and snapped a five-game losing streak for Denver, now 5-8. Birmingham had its five-game winning streak ended and dropped to 7-6.

A crowd of 38,829 - about 4,000 below Denver's season average - witnessed the contest.

Highlights




Highlights




	1	2	3	4	F
BIR	7	3	3	6   -   19
DEN	0	7      14	0   -   21

Scoring

BIR:Smith 15 yd pass from Lane (Norwood kick) - BIR 7, DEN 0

DEN:Mortensen 3 yd run (Speelman kick) - DEN 7, BIR 7

BIR:Norwood 42 yd field goal - BIR 10, DEN 7

BIR:Norwood 42 yd field goal - BIR 13, DEN 7

DEN:Mortensen 5 yd run (Speelman kick) - DEN 14, BIR 13

DEN:Dumars 78 yd interception return (Speelman kick) - DEN 21, BIR 13

BIR:Mason 3 yd pass from Lane (pass failed) - DEN 21, BIR 19

Box Score

                             BIR            DEN
First Downs                   25             10
Rushes-Yards              40-155         27-148
Passing (A-C-Y-I)    26-17-210-3      14-4-52-0
Sacked-Yards Lost            1-2           5-29
Total Plays-Yards         67-363         46-171
Fumbles-Lost                 1-1            1-0
Penalties-Yards             2-20          11-83
Turnovers                      4              0
Time of Possession         34:24          25:26

Attendance = 38,829

BIRMINGHAM				     DENVER
Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate          Passing     Att Cmp Yds In Td  Rate
Lane         26  17 210  3  2  76.3          Mortensen    14   4  52  0  0  42.6
 
Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD                  Rushing     Att Yds  Ave TD
Talton       16  77  4.8  0                  Canada        8  57  7.1  0
Johnson      11  43  3.9  0                  White, V      4  32  8.0  0
White        10  26  2.6  0                  Sydney        7  24  3.4  0
Smith         1   5  5.0  0                  Matthews      5  23  4.6  0
Quarles       1   2  2.0  0                  Mortensen     3  12  4.0  2
Lane          1   2  2.0  0                  
  
Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD                  Receiving   Rec Yds  Ave TD
Smith         5  76 15.2  0                  Sydney        1  27 27.0  0
Anderson      3  71 23.7  0                  James         1  18 18.0  0
Mason         5  49  9.8  0                  Niziolek      1   7  7.0  0
Frederick     1  10 10.0  0                  Canada        1   0  0.0  0
Stephens      1   9  9.0  0                  
White         1  -1 -1.0  0                  
Johnson       1  -4 -4.0  0                  

Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Kick Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Kincaid         2  27 13.5  0                James           2  32 16.0  0
                                             Stamper         1  13 13.0  0
 
Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD                Punt Returns   No Yds  Ave TD
Frederick       2  11  5.5  0                None
  
Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts            Kicking          Fg  Lg   Xp  Pts
Norwood         2-3  42  1-1    7            Speelman        0-1  38  3-3    3
                miss: 41                                     miss: 49

Punting        No Yds  Ave                   Punting        No Yds  Ave
Bollinger       1  33 33.0                   Gortz           5 226 45.2

Sacks          Sk Yds                        Sacks          Sk Yds
Raines        3.5  21                        Perry           1   2
Cline         0.5   3                        
Spencer       0.5   2.5                      
Walker        0.5   2.5                      
  
Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD                Interceptions  No Yds  Ave TD
None                                         Dumars          1  78 78.0  1
                                             Miller, N       1   0  0.0  0

Archived news report

Supplemental information courtesy of Chris Blackburn


Back to 1983 season results

« Previous Game Birmingham Next Game »
« Previous Game Denver Next Game »