SATURDAY JULY 2
BIRMINGHAM 29, Tampa Bay 17 (20300) - Bob Lane passed for two TDs and set up another to lead the Stallions to a .500 finish, and ended the Bandits' chance for the playoffs. Birmingham averaged 22,052 for its nine home games. Lane's touchdown passes went to Greg Anderson and Jim Smith. The victory capped a perfect day for Birmingham, in which the Stallions signed Buffalo Bills' RB Joe Cribbs for the 1984 season at halftime.
Tampa Bay - 7 3 0 7 — 17
Birmingham - 14 9 3 3 — 29
1st - BIRM - Lonnie Johnson, 3-yard run (Scott Norwood kick) BIRM 7-0 1st - TB - Gary Anderson, 2-yard run (Zenon Andrusyshyn kick) TIED 7-7 1st - BIRM - Greg Anderson, 50-yard pass from Bob Lane (Norwood kick) BIRM 14-7 2nd - BIRM - Safety, Jimmy Jordan tackled in end zone by Herb Spencer BIRM 16-7 2nd - BIRM - Jim Smith, 9-yard pass from Lane (Norwood kick) BIRM 23-7 2nd - TB - Andrusyshyn, 39-yard field goal BIRM 23-10 3rd - BIRM - Norwood, 50-yard field goal BIRM 26-10 4th - BIRM - Norwood, 29-yard field goal BIRM 29-10 4th - TB - Eric Truvillion, 1-yard pass from Jordan (Andrusyshyn kick) BIRM 29-17
SUNDAY JULY 3
CHICAGO 31, Oakland 7 (12346) - S Don Schwartz returned a third-quarter interception 45 yards for one TD and teammate Eddie Brown ran 29 yards with another as the Blitz made it into the playoffs. A crowd of only 12,346, 6,463 below the average home attendance, watched in 80-degree weather while the field temperature reached 116. Chicago's top-rated defense held the Invaders to less than 180 net yards, yielding only 6 in the third quarter.
Oakland - 0 0 0 7 — 7
Chicago - 10 0 14 7 — 31
1st - CHI - Tim Spencer, 4-yard run (Frank Corral kick) CHICAGO 7-0 1st - CHI - Corral, 52-yard field goal CHICAGO 10-0 3rd - CHI - Don Schwartz, 45-yard interception return (Corral kick) CHICAGO 17-0 3rd - CHI - Eddie Brown, 34-yard interception return (Corral kick) CHICAGO 24-0 4th - OAK - Ted Torosian, 2-yard run (Kevin Shea kick) CHICAGO 24-7 4th - CHI - Walter Easley, 1-yard run (Corral kick) CHICAGO 31-7
WASHINGTON 21, Philadelphia 14 (11039) - Philadelphia, with the league's best record, played without Kelvin Bryant, the USFL's second-leading rusher. The Stars said Bryant was suffering from an ankle injury but would play next week. Kim McQuilken completed 18 of 27 passes, including 10 in a row in the second half, passed for 208 yards and ran 1-yard for the winning touchdown as the Federals finished 4-14.
Philadelphia - 7 7 0 0 — 14
Washington - 0 6 8 7 — 21
1st - PHIL - Allen Harvin, 17-yard run (David Trout kick) PHIL 7-0 2nd - PHIL - Willie Collier, 11-yard pass from Chuck Fusina (Trout kick) PHIL 14-0 2nd - WASH - Stan Rome, 11-yard pass from Kim McQuilken (Kick failed) PHIL 14-6 3rd - WASH - Billy Taylor, 6-yard run (Mike Fisher pass from McQuilken) TIED 14-14 4th - WASH - McQuilken, 1-yard run (Sandro Vitiello kick) WASH 21-14
BOSTON 34, New Jersey 10 (15798) - Johnnie Walton fired two TD passes as Boston crushed error-prone New Jersey. Generals RB Herschel Walker won the league's first rushing title with 1,812 yards. The crowd was Boston's second largest home crowd, but the Breakers said they don't want to play at 21,000-seat Nickerson Field again next season and may move out of the state.
New Jersey - 3 0 0 7 — 10
Boston - 7 17 3 7 — 34
1st - NJ - John Roveto, 36-yard field goal NEW JERSEY 3-0 1st - BOST - Beau Coash, 10-yard pass from Johnnie Walton (Tim Mazzetti kick) BOSTON 7-3 2nd - BOST - Richard Crump, 20-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOSTON 14-3 2nd - BOST - Mazzetti, 35-yard field goal BOSTON 17-3 2nd - BOST - Anthony Steels, 1-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOSTON 24-3 3rd - BOST - Mazzetti, 44-yard field goal BOSTON 27-3 4th - BOST - Charlie Smith, 58-yard pass from Walton (Mazzetti kick) BOSTON 34-3 4th - NJ - Vicky Ray Anderson, 4-yard pass from Jeff Knapple (Roveto kick) BOSTON 34-10
MICHIGAN 33, Arizona 7 (31905) - Ken Lacy threw for one TD and ran for another in the first quarter as Michigan clinched the Central Division title. Arizona matched the Federals for the league's worst record. Lacy, who finished the game with 92 yards, took a pitchout from Bobby Hebert, rolled right and flipped a TD pass to Derek Holloway 2:24 into the game. On the Panthers' next possession, Lacy capped a 57-yard, five-play drive by running for a TD.
Arizona - 0 0 0 7 — 7
Michigan - 14 10 3 6 — 33
1st - MICH - Derek Holloway, 38-yard pass from Ken Lacy (Novo Bojovic kick) MICH 7-0 1st - MICH - Lacy, 9-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICH 14-0 2nd - MICH - Bojovic, 42-yard field goal MICH 17-0 2nd - MICH - Anthony Carter, 68-yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH 24-0 3rd - MICH - Bojovic, 27-yard field goal MICH 27-0 4th - MICH - John Williams, 15-yard run (Kick failed) MICH 33-0 4th - ARZ - Wally Henry, 48-yard pass from Dan Manucci (Phil Denefeld kick) MICH 33-7
LOS ANGELES 21, Denver 14 (11471) - Mike Rae passed for two first half TDs as Los Angeles intercepted six passes, five against Craig Penrose, to tie a USFL record Chicago set against Tampa Bay. Before its smallest crowd, the Express lost three of its last four games. And games weren't all they lost. Owner Alan Harmon candidly admitted his financial losses, expected to be around $1.5 million, will be closer to $3 million.
Denver - 0 0 0 14 - 14
Los Angeles - 14 7 0 0 - 21
1st - LA - JoJo Townsell, 13-yard pass from Mike Rae (Vince Abbott kick) LOS ANGELES 7-0 1st - LA - Tony Boddie, 1-yard run (Abbott kick) LOS ANGELES 14-0 2nd - LA - Anthony Allen, 9-yard pass from Rae (Abbott kick) LOS ANGELES 21-0 4th - DEN - Fred Mortensen, 4-yard run (Brian Speelman kick) LOS ANGELES 21-7 4th - DEN - Victor James, 4-yard pass from Mortensen (Speelman kick) LOS ANGELES 21-14
ATLANTIC DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
X-Philadelphia 15 3 0 .833 379 204 X-Michigan 12 6 0 .667 451 337
Boston 11 7 0 .611 399 344 Y-Chicago 12 6 0 .667 456 271
New Jersey 6 12 0 .333 314 437 Tampa Bay 11 7 0 .611 363 378
Washington 4 14 0 .222 297 442 Birmingham 9 9 0 .500 343 326
X-Oakland 9 9 0 .500 319 317 Denver 7 11 0 .389 284 304
Los Angeles 8 10 0 .444 296 370 Arizona 4 14 0 .222 261 442
X-Clinched Division Title Y-Clinched Wild Card Berth
JULY 2 - The USFL has agreed to issue an expansion franchise for Tulsa, beginning with the 1984 season, franchise co-owner Bill Tatham said Saturday. Tatham said a formal announcement from the league probably would not be made for several more days, although arrangements were completed during a meeting of league owners Friday in Chicago. Tatham and his father, William Tatham Sr. of Fresno, Calif., announced last month they had decided to locate the team in Tulsa after they were unable to contract stadium rights in San Diego. Both father and son met recently with University of Tulsa officials to arrange use of Skelly Stadium, and with Tulsa government
and business leaders. They said then the only major factor remaining in locating the team in Tulsa was league approval. Technically, Tatham said, a new franchise was being issued for Tulsa rather than the old franchise being transferred, but the $2.5 million deposit he and his father had made with the league for the San Diego franchise was being transferred to the new franchise.
JULY 5 - The USFL will add two more expansion franchises in the next few days, giving the fledgling league six new teams in 1984, Commissioner Chet Simmons says. The USFL ended its first regular season Sunday and Simmons said the average attendance at 108 games was 24,824. He revealed that the Boston Breakers might
move to another city if they are unable to find a larger stadium than Boston University's 20,000-seat Nickerson Field. The Breakers have been turned down in their attempts to rent Harvard Stadium, which has a capacity of 37,289. Although Simmons declined to identify the new cities, they reportedly will come from among Memphis, Seattle, New Orleans and San Antonio. Houston, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and San Diego already have been granted franchises for 1984, but the San Diego franchise is expected to relocate in Tulsa because it was refused the use of San Diego-Jack Murphy Stadium.