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1983 UNITED STATES FOOTBALL LEAGUE

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Philadelphia Stars (15-3)

Head Coach: Jim Mora

Passing Leader: Chuck Fusina (2718)

Rushing Leader: Kelvin Bryant (1442)

Receiving Leader: Scott Fitzkee (55-731)

Attendance: 18,650 (9th)

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Boston Breakers (11-7)

Head Coach: Dick Coury

Passing Leader: John Walton (3772)

Rushing Leader: Richard Crump (990)

Receiving Leader: Nolan Franz (62-848)

Attendance: 12,817 (12th)

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New Jersey Generals (6-12)

Head Coach: Chuck Fairbanks

Passing Leader: Bobby Scott (2174)

Rushing Leader: Herschel Walker (1812)

Receiving Leader: Herschel Walker (53-489)

Attendance: 35,004 (3rd)

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Washington Federals (4-14)

Head Coach: Ray Jauch

Passing Leader: Kim McQuilken (1912)

Rushing Leader: Craig James (823)

Receiving Leader: Billy Taylor (64-523)

Attendance: 13,850 (11th)

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Michigan Panthers (12-6)

Head Coach: Jim Stanley

Passing Leader: Bobby Hebert (3568)

Rushing Leader: Ken Lacy (1180)

Receiving Leader: Mike Cobb (61-746)

Attendance: 22,250 (6th)

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Chicago Blitz (12-6)

Head Coach: George Allen

Passing Leader: Greg Landry (2383)

Rushing Leader: Tim Spencer (1157)

Receiving Leader: Trumaine Johnson (81-1322)

Attendance: 18,133 (10th)

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Tampa Bay Bandits (11-7)

Head Coach: Steve Spurrier

Passing Leader: Jimmy Jordan (1831)

Rushing Leader: Greg Boone (694)

Receiving Leader: Danny Buggs (76-1146)

Attendance: 39,896 (2nd)

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Birmingham Stallions (9-9)

Head Coach: Rollie Dotsch

Passing Leader: Bob Lane (2264)

Rushing Leader: Ken Talton (907)

Receiving Leader: Jim Smith (51-756)

Attendance: 22,046 (7th)

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Oakland Invaders (9-9)

Head Coach: John Ralston

Passing Leader: Fred Besana (3980)

Rushing Leader: Arthur Whittington (1043)

Receiving Leader: Raymond Chester (68-951)

Attendance: 31,211 (4th)

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Los Angeles Express (8-10)

Head Coach: Hugh Campbell

Passing Leader: Tom Ramsey (1975)

Rushing Leader: LaRue Harrington (547)

Receiving Leader: Ricky Ellis (69-716)

Attendance: 19,002 (8th)

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Denver Gold (7-11)

Head Coach: Red Miller (4-7)/Charlie Armey (0-1)/Craig Morton (3-3)

Passing Leader: Ken Johnson (1115)

Rushing Leader: Harry Sydney (801)

Receiving Leader: Larry Canada (42-242)

Attendance: 41,736 (1st)

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Arizona Wranglers (4-14)

Head Coach: Doug Shively

Passing Leader: Alan Risher (2672)

Rushing Leader: Calvin Murray (699)

Receiving Leader: Mark Keel (65-802)

Attendance: 25,776 (5th)

FRANCHISES: Arizona (Phoenix) Wranglers, Birmingham Stallions, Boston Breakers, Chicago Blitz, Denver Gold, Los Angeles Express, Michigan (Detroit) Panthers, New Jersey Generals, Oakland Invaders, Philadelphia Stars, Tampa Bay Bandits, Washington Federals BACKGROUND: Founded by David Dixon, the USFL announced its formation on May 11, 1982 in New York. Judge Peter Spivak, part owner of one of twelve teams, was announced as the president, until full-time commissioner could be found. The USFL hooked up with ESPN and ABC Sports to broadcast games. New Jersey ignored the salary cap, and signed Heisman Trophy winner Hershel Walker, who left college a year early, to a huge contract. Denver led the league in attendance while Boston was at bottom. The league averaged 25,031 fans a game for total of 2.073 million fans.

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SUNDAY MARCH 6

TAMPA BAY 21, Boston 17 (42437) - John Reaves passed for 358 yards and three TDs, including a winning strike to Willie Gillespie, to lead the Bandits. Reaves completed 28 of 39 passes. The game-winning toss capped a drive that came after Boston had taken the lead on Tony Davis TD run, set up by Terry Love's 102-yard interception return. Reaves' first TD pass to RB Ricky Williams in the second was credited as the first USFL TD.

Boston    -  3  7  7  0 - 17

Tampa Bay -  0  7  7  7 - 21

1st - BOS - TIm Mazzetti, 30-yard field goal BOST 3-0​ 2nd - TB - Ricky Williams, 6-yard pass from John Reaves (Zenon Andrusyshyn kick) TB 7-3​ 2nd - BOS - Anthony Steels, 5-yard pass from Johnnie Walton (Mazzetti kick) BOST 10-7​ 3rd - TB - Eric Truvillion, 6-yard pass from Reaves (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 14-10​ 3rd - BOS - Tony Davis, 1-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOST 17-14 4th - TB - Willie Gillespie, 33-yard pass from Reaves (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 21-17

Oakland 24, ARIZONA 0 (45167) - Fred Besana fired two TD passes to Wyatt Henderson, including a 53-yard bomb in the first quarter, as the Invaders won a sloppy opener. Arthur Whittington's two-yard TD run capped a four-play 59-yard Invader drive with 12:47 left in the game, which was watched by 45,167 at 70,300-seat Sun Devil Stadium, lured in part by a pre-game concert by the Beach Boys.

Oakland -  7  0  0 17 — 24

Arizona -  0  0  0  0 —  0

1st - OAK - Wyatt Henderson, 53 pass from Fred Besana (Kevin Shea kick) OAK 7-0​ 4th - OAK - Arthur Whittington, 2-yard run (Shea kick) OAK 14-0 4th - OAK - Shea, 45-yard field goal OAK 17-0​ 4th - OAK - Henderson, 19-yard pass from Besana (Shea kick) OAK 24-0

CHICAGO 28, Washington 7 (38010) - Trumaine Johnson caught one TD pass and set up a second to lead the Blitz and give Coach George Allen a triumphant return to the nation's capital. Chicago QB Greg Landry repeatedly found the seams in the Federal secondary, completing 17 of 27 for 251 yards and two TDs. Allen, who was fired in 1977 after leading the Redskins for seven years, was greeted warmly by the fans who ignored a steady drizzle.

Chicago    - 7 14  0  7 — 28

Washington - 0  0  0  7 —  7

1st - CHI - Danny Buggs, fumble recovery in end zone (Frank Corral kick) CHI 7-0​ 2nd - CHI - Kevin Long, 4-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 14-0 2nd - CHI - Trumaine Johnson, 23-yard pass from Greg Landry (Corral kick) CHI 21-0​ 4th - CHI - Paul Ricker, 10-yard pass from Landry (Corral kick) CHI 28-0 4th - WASH - Walker Lee, 19-yard pass from Mike Hohensee (Obed Ariri kick) CHI 28-7

Philadelphia 13, DENVER 7 (45102) - Chuck Fusina quarterbacked the Stars to their first win, as he scored the first and only TD for Philadelphia in the first quarter and David Trout kicked two FGs. Meanwhile, the Stars,whose defense had been pronounced suspect before the season, put on a last-minute, goal-line stand to hold off what the 45,000 fans in Mile High Stadium thought was going to be a winning Gold touchdown.

Philadelphia - 7  3  3  0 — 13

Denver       - 0  0  0  7 —  7

1st - PHIL - Chuck Fusina, 2-yard run (David Trout kick) PHIL 7-0​ 2nd - PHIL - Trout, 50-yard field goal PHIL 10-0​ 3rd - PHIL - Trout, 29-yard field goal PHIL 13-0 4th - DEN - Ken Johnson, 1-yard run (Brian Speelman kick) PHIL 13-7

LOS ANGELES 20, New Jersey 15 (34002) - It was supposed to be the Herschel Walker Show. Instead, it was the triumphant return of Tom Ramsey. Walker gained  only 65 yards on 16 carries, with his longest gain being nine yards. Tony Boddie rushed for 77 yards on  13 carries and caught five passes for 49 yards and a TD to lead the  Express. Ramsey, who attended UCLA, was the star of the game, passing for two TDs.

New Jersey  -  9  0  0  6 — 15

Los Angeles -  3 10  7  0 — 20

1st - LA - Vince Abbott, 23-yard field goal LA 3-0​ 1st - NJ - Herschel Walker, 5-yard run (Kick failed) NJ 6-3​ 1st - NJ - Dave Jacobs, 38-yard field goal NJ 9-3​ 2nd - LA - Abbott, 27-yard field goal NJ 9-6 2nd - LA - Tony Boddie, 11-yard pass from Tom Ramsey (Abbott kick) LA 13-9 3rd - LA - Vister Hayes, 24-yard pass from Ramsey (Abbott kick) LA 20-9​ 4th - NY - Tom McConnaughey 10 pass from Bobby Scott (Pass fail) LA 20-15

MONDAY MARCH 7

Michigan 9, BIRMINGHAM 7 (38352) - Novo Bojovic kicked three near identical field goals to give the Panthers the win. The home-town fans had only one chance to cheer, when Birmingham QB Reggie Collier skirted right end on a bootleg keeper for the game's only touchdown. Collier led the Stallions in rushing with 76 yards on 13carries. LB Ray Bentley intercepted two passes and and led Michigan in tackles with 10.

Michigan   -  6  3  0  0 - 9

Birmingham -  0  7  0  0 - 7

1st - MICH - Novo Bojovic, 49-yard field goal MICH 3-0​ 1st - MICH - Bojovic, 49-yard field goal MICH 6-0 2nd - BIRM - Reggie Collier, 3-yard run (Scott Norwood kick) BIRM 7-6​ 2nd - MICH - Bojovic, 48-yard field goal MICH 9-7

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

Philadelphia    1  0 0 1.000  13   7 Chicago          1  0 0 1.000  28   7

Boston          0  1 0  .000  17  21 Tampa Bay        1  0 0 1.000  21  17

New Jersey      0  1 0  .000  15  20 Michigan         1  0 0 1.000   9   7

Washington      0  1 0  .000   7  28 Birmingham       0  1 0  .000   7   9

PACIFIC DIVISION

Oakland         1  0 0 1.000  24   0 Denver           0  1 0  .000   7  13

Los Angeles     1  0 0 1.000  20  15 Arizona          0  1 0  .000   0  24

SATURDAY MARCH 12

ARIZONA 30, Chicago 29 (28434) - George Allen and the Blitz were two TD favorites, but Alan Risher and Jim Asmus threw that line out the window and hung the Blitz out to dry. Allen's team looked every bit as good as that line, building a 29-12 lead on Greg Landry's three TD passes. Then Risher, who also threw three TD passes, took command. He guided the Wranglers into position for Asmus' winning FG with one second remaining.

Chicago -  7  3 13  6 - 29 

Arizona -  3  3  6 18 - 30 

1st - ARZ - Jim Asmus, 22-yard field goal ARI 3-0 1st - CHI - Lenny Willis, 15-yard pass from Greg Landry (Frank Corral kick ) CHI 7-3 2nd - CHI - Corral, 25-yard field goal CHI 10-3 2nd - ARZ - Asmus, 35-yard field goal CHI 10-6 3rd - CHI - Paul Ricker, 12-yard pass from Landry (Kick failed) CHI 16-6 2nd - ARZ - Mike Smith, 6-yard pass from Alan Risher (Kick blocked) CHI 16-12 3rd - CHI - Kevin Long, 1-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 23-12 4th - CHI - Ricker, 15-yard pass from Landry (Kick failed) CHI 29-12 4th - ARZ - Jackie Flowers, 10-yard pass from Risher (Mark Keel pass from Risher) CHI 29-20 4th - ARZ - Neil Balholm, 9-yard pass from Risher (Asmus kick) CHI 29-27 4th - CHI - Asmus, 33-yard field goal ARI 30-29

TAMPA BAY 19, Michigan 7 (38789) - The Panthers were expecting a passing barrage from Tampa Bay's John Reaves. Instead, they ran into Greg Boone, who rolled up 157 yards on 31 carries including a 7-yard touchdown for the Bandits. The teams traded second-period TDs, Reaves passing 6 yards to Eric Truvillion and Bobby Hebert throwing 3 yards to Mike Cobb. The game attracted 38,789 fans compared to last week's 42,437.

Michigan  -  0  7  0  0 -  7 

Tampa Bay -  0  7  9  3 - 19 

2nd - TB - Eric Truvillion, 6-yard pass from John Reaves (Zenon Andrusyshyn kick) TB 7-0 2nd - MICH - Mike Cobb, 3-yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Novo Bojovic kick) TIED 7-7 3rd - TB - Andrusyshyn, 32-yard field goal TB 10-7 3rd - TB - Greg Boone, 7-yard run (Kick failed) TB 16-7 4th - TB - Andrusyshyn, 33-yard field goal TB 19-7

SUNDAY MARCH 13

Boston 21, DENVER 7 (41926) - Johnnie Walton's TD passes of 39 yards to Nolan Franz on a flea-flicker play and 14 yards to Tony Davis and LB Ben Needham's 68-yard jaunt with a blocked FG attempt for another TD evened Boston's record at 1-1 and kept the Gold winless. Denver's only TD came after Ken Johnson replaced starter Jeff Knapple, and pitched a 5-yard scoring pass to tight end Darryl Goosby.

Boston -  0 14  7  0 - 21

Denver -  0  0  7  0 -  7

2nd - BOST - Ben Needham, 68-yard blocked field goal return (Tim Mazzetti kick ) BOS 7-0 2nd - BOST - Nolan Franz, 39-yard pass from Johnnie Walton (Mazzetti kick) BOS 14-0 3rd - BOST - Tony Davis, 14-yard pass from Walton (Mazzetti kick) BOS 21-0 3rd - DEN - Darryl Goosby, 5-yard pass from Ken Johnson (Brian Speelman kick) BOS 21-7

PHILADELPHIA 25, New Jersey 0 (38205) - Herschel Walker had his second mediocre game as the Generals lost for the second time. Walker gained 60 yards against the Stars and fumbled twice, two of New Jersey's seven turnovers.  Chuck Fusina ran for one TD and passed 8 yards to Scott Fitzkee for another and Kelvin Bryant outshone Walker with 114 yards and a touchdown.

New Jersey   -  0  0  0  0 -  0

Philadelphia -  0 12  3 10 - 25

2nd - PHIL - Scott Fitzkee, 8-yard pass from Chuck Fusina (Kick failed) PHIL 6-0 2nd - PHIL - Kelvin Bryant, 2-yard run (Pass failed) PHIL 12-0 3rd - PHIL - David Trout, 26-yard field goal PHIL 15-0 3rd - PHIL - Trout, 31-yard field goal PHIL 18-0 4th - PHIL - Fusina, 1-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 25-0

Birmingham 20, OAKLAND 14 (OT) (47344) - There were 47,344 fans in the Oakland Coliseum to watch the Invaders in the ballpark's first pro game since the NFL's Raiders fled south to Los Angeles. But Bob Lane, Birmingham's quarterback, cut short the celebrating when he dived into the end zone from the 1-yard line 5:54 into overtime to give the Stallions their victory.

Birmingham -  0  0 14  0  6 - 20 

Oakland    -  7  0  0  7  0 - 14 

1st - OAK - Ted Torosian, 1-yard run (Kevin Shea kick) OAKLAND 7-0 3rd - BIRM - Ron Frederick, 46-yard pass from Reggie Collier (Scott Norwood kick) TIED 7-7 3rd - BIRM - Ken Talton, 1-yard run (Norwood kick) BIRM 14-7 4th - OAK - Wyatt Henderson, 26-yard pass from Fred Besana (Shea kick) TIED 14-14 OT - BIRM - Bob Lane, 1-yard run BIRM 20-14

MONDAY MARCH 14

LOS ANGELES 20, Washington 3 (22453) - The Express, featuring a solid defense and two TD passes from Mike Rae to Ricky Ellis, remained perfect. Spearheading the LA defense were S Alvin Burleson, who logged seven solo tackles, one assist and one quarterback sack; and LB Ron Seawell, who was in on six tackles, deflected two passes and intercepted another. The game at the L.A. Coliseum drew the smallest for a USFL game thus far.

Washington  -  3  0  0  0 -  3 

Los Angeles -  3 14  3  0 - 20

1st - WASH - Obed Ariri, 28-yard field goal WASH 3-0 1st - LA - Vince Abbott, 30-yard field goal TIED 3-3 2nd - LA - Ricky Ellis, 17-yard pass from Mike Rae (Abbott kick) LA 10-3 2nd - LA - Ellis, 18-yard pass from Rae (Abbott Kick) LA 17-3 3rd - LA - Abbott, 28-yard field goal LA 20-3

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

Philadelphia    2  0 0 1.000  38   7 Tampa Bay        2  0 0 1.000  40  24

Boston          1  1 0  .500  38  28 Chicago          1  1 0  .500  57  37

New Jersey      0  2 0  .000  15  45 Michigan         1  1 0  .500  16  26

Washington      0  2 0  .000  10  48 Birmingham       1  1 0  .500  27  23

PACIFIC DIVISION

Los Angeles     2  0 0 1.000  40  18 Arizona          1  1 0  .500  30  53

Oakland         1  1 0  .500  38  20 Denver           0  2 0  .000  14  34

SATURDAY MARCH 19

ARIZONA 21, Los Angeles 14 (29335) - Jim Asmus kicked two FGs, including a record 57-yarder, as Arizona beat the previously undefeated Express. Alan Risher also fired a TD pass for the Wranglers. Los Angeles mustered its only points on a TD pass from Mike Rae to flanker Kevin Williams in the second quarter and Tom Ramsey's 3-yard scoring strike to Williams with 49 seconds to go in the game.

Los Angeles -  0  7  0  7 - 14 

Arizona     -  7 11  0  3 - 21

1st - ARZ - Darryl Clark, 1-yard run (Jim Asmus kick) ARI 7-0 2nd - ARZ - Asmus, 57-yard field goal ARI 10-0 2nd - LA - Kevin Williams, 61-yard pass from Mike Rae (Vince Abbott kick) ARI 10-7 2nd - ARZ - Jackie Flowers, 45-yard pass from Alan Risher (Steve Howell run) ARI 18-7 4th - ARZ - Asmus, 41-yard field goal ARI 21-7 4th - LA - Williams, 3-yard pass from Tom Ramsey (Abbott kick) ARI 21-14

Oakland 33, MICHIGAN 27 (28952) - Fred Besana hit 23 of 29 passes for 338 yards and three TDs, including a pair to WR Wyatt Henderson to ruin Michigan's home opener. It also overshadowed a sparkling comeback engineered by Bobby Hebert, the Panthers' QB, who was benched early. Hebert returned late in the third period and threw three TD passes to Derek Holloway. Besana entered the contest as the USFL's top rated passer.

Oakland  -  0 10 13 10 - 33 

Michigan -  3  3  7 14 - 27

1st - MICH - Novo Bojovic, 44-yard field goal MICH 3-0 2nd - OAK - Wyatt Henderson, 45-yard pass from Fred Besana (Kevin Shea kick) OAK 7-3 2nd - MICH - Bojovic, 44-yard field goal OAK 7-6 2nd - OAK - Shea, 32-yard field goal OAK 10-6 3rd - OAK - Henderson, 22-yard pass from Besana (Shea kick) OAK 17-6 3rd - OAK - Arthur Whittington, 14-yard run (Kick failed) OAK 23-6 3rd - MICH - Derek Holloway, 48-yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Bojovic kick) OAK 23-13 4th - OAK - Raymond Chester, 32-yard pass from Besana (Shea kick) OAK 30-13 4th - MICH - Holloway, 22-yard pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) OAK 30-20 4th - OAK - Shea, 24-yard field goal OAK 33-20 4th - MICH - Holloway, 38-yard pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) OAK 33-27

SUNDAY MARCH 20

Denver 16, CHICAGO 13 (22600) - QB Ken Johnson's keeper across a snow-covered goal line with 22 seconds left gave the Gold the upset in Chicago's home debut. The touchdown capped the Gold's only sustained drive of the game and overcame a 13-10 lead Chicago took after John Roveto's 38-yard FG at 11:50 of the final quarter. Denver mounted the final drive from its own 30-yard line after an exchange of punts.

Denver  -  3  7  0  6 - 16

Chicago - 10  0  0  3 - 13

1st - CHI - John Roveto, 27-yard field goal CHI 3-0 1st - CHI - Lenny Willis, 42-yard pass from Greg Landry (Roveto kick) CHI 10-0 1st - DEN - Brian Speelman, 39-yard field goal CHI 10-3 2nd - DEN - Harry Sydney, 30-yard run (Speelman kick) TIED 10-10 4th - CHI - Roveto, 38-yard field goal CHI 13-10 4th - DEN - Ken Johnson, 1-yard run (Kick failed) DEN 16-13

BOSTON 19, Washington 16 (18430) - Tim Mazzetti's fourth FG, a 29-yarder with 27 seconds to play, as the Breakers capitalized on two bad snaps by Washington in the final five minutes to triumph in Boston's first pro football game since 1966. Boston had taken over on the Washington 35 after a bungled FG attempt by the Feds. Obed Ariri lined up for a 42-yard attempt but the snap sailed over his head and he raced back to fall on it.

Washington -  3  7  6  0 - 16

Boston     -  3  6  0 10 - 19

1st - WASH - Obed Ariri, 38-yard field goal WASH 3-0 1st - BOST - Tim Mazzetti, 20-yard field goal TIED 3-3 2nd - BOST - Mazzetti, 47-yard field goal BOS 6-3 2nd - WASH - Joey Walters, 17-yard pass from Kim McQuilken (Ariri kick) WASH 10-6 2nd - BOST - Mazzetti, 21-yard field goal WASH 10-9 3rd - WASH - James Mayberry, 1-yard run (Kick failed) WASH 16-9 4th - BOST - Richard Crump, 1-yard run (Mazzetti kick) TIED 16-16 4th - BOST - Mazzetti, 29-yard field goal BOS 19-16

Tampa Bay 32, NEW JERSEY 9 (53507) - John Reaves threw for three TDs as the unbeaten Bandits routed the winless Generals. Reaves took the spotlight away from Herschel Walker in the former Georgia star's home debut. Walker gained only 39 yards of New Jersey's 67 rushing yards on his 19 carries. Meanwhile, Reaves completed 19 of 29 passes for 255 yards, while RB Greg Boone scored twice.

Tampa Bay  - 11  7  7  7 - 32

New Jersey -  0  3  0  6 -  9

1st - TB - Zenon Andruyshyn, 20-yard field goal TB 3-0 1st - TB - Greg Boone, 3-yard pass from John Reaves (Mike Goedecker run) TB 11-0 2nd - TB - Eric Truvillion, 25-yard pass from Reaves (Andruyshyn kick) TB 18-0 2nd - NJ - Dave Jacobs, 30-yard field goal TB 18-3 3rd - TB - Boone, 1-yard run (Andruyshyn kick) TB 25-3 4th - TB - Lewis Gilbert, 10-yard pass from Reaves (Andruyshyn kick) TB 32-3 4th - NJ - Victor Hicks, 10-yard pass from Dave Boisture (Pass failed) TB 32-9

MONDAY MARCH 21

Philadelphia 17, BIRMINGHAM 10 (12850) - Kelvin Bryant ran 27 times for 177 yards, and one TD as the Stars remained perfect. Bryant scored the Stars' second TD on a 1-yard run with 12:23 to play in the third quarter. He carried all five plays in the drive that was set up by a 67-yard return by Allen Harvin of the second-half kickoff. The Stars rushed 30 times for 200 yards. 

Philadelphia -  7  3  7  0 — 17

Birmingham   -  7  0  3  0 — 10

1st - PHIL - Allen Harvin, 2-yard run (David Trout kick) PHIL 7-0 1st - BIRM - Reggie Collier, 4-yard run (Scott Norwood kick) TIED 7-7 2nd  - PHIL - Trout, 23-yard field goal PHIL 10-7 3rd - PHIL - Kelvin Bryant, 1-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 17-7 3rd - BIRM - Norwood, 19-yard field goal PHIL 17-10

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

Philadelphia    3  0 0 1.000  55  17 Tampa Bay        3  0 0 1.000  72  33

Boston          2  1 0  .667  57  44 Chicago          1  2 0  .333  70  53

New Jersey      0  3 0  .000  24  77 Michigan         1  2 0  .333  43  59

Washington      0  3 0  .000  26  67 Birmingham       1  2 0  .333  37  40

PACIFIC DIVISION

Los Angeles     2  1 0  .667  54  39 Arizona          2  1 0  .667  51  67

Oakland         2  1 0  .667  71  47 Denver           1  2 0  .333  30  47

SATURDAY MARCH 26

BIRMINGHAM 16, Arizona 7 (5,000) - Scott Norwood kicked three first half FGs to lead the Stallions to their first home win before the smallest crowd of the season in the USFL. The Stallions have sought consistent kicking this season and may have found it in Norwood, who booted FGs of 48, 36 and 32 yards for a 9-0 halftime lead. Arizona came back in the third quarter, but on 4th and 1 with 1:35 left, Cornelius Quarles ran 39 yards to seal the victory.

Arizona    -  0  0  7  0 —  7

Birmingham -  6  3  0  7 — 16

1st - BIRM - Scott Norwood, 48-yard field goal BIRM 3-0 1st - BIRM - Norwood, 34-yard field goal BIRM 6-0 2nd - BIRM - Norwood, 32-yard field goal BIRM 9-0 3rd - ARZ - Jackie Flowers, 15-yard pass from Alan Risher (Jim Asmus kick) BIRM 9-7 4th - BIRM - Cornelius Quarles, 39-yard run (Norwood kick) BIRM 16-7

SUNDAY MARCH 27

CHICAGO 20, Los Angeles 14 (10,936) - George Allen has always preached defense. The Blitz practiced it, recovering a fumble and intercepting two Tom Ramsey passes in the final 6 1/2 minutes to preserve the victory and end a 2-game losing streak. John Roveto's second FG of the game, a 24-yard chip shot with 2:07 left, clinched Chicago's victory before a crowd of 10,936 compared with 21,949 at last week's snowy home opener.

Los Angeles -  0  0 14  0 — 14

Chicago     -  0 10  7  3 — 20

2nd - CHI - John Roveto, 38-yard field goal CHI 3-0 2nd - CHI - Kevin Long, 1-yard run (Roveto kick) CHI 10-0 3rd - LA  - Tony Boddie, 40-yard pass from Tom Ramsey (Vince Abbott kick) CHI 10-7 3rd - CHI - Doug Cozen, 5-yard pass from Greg Landry (Roveto kick) CHI 17-7 3rd - LA - Ricky Ellis, 18-yard pass from Ramsey (Abbott kick) CHI 17-14 4th - CHI - Roveto, 24-yard field goal CHI 20-14

Boston 31, NEW JERSEY 21 (41218) - Herschel Walker has lost more games in a month as a General than he lost in his entire three-year career as Georgia's star tailback. He rushed for 97 yards and a TD against Boston and added 62 yards receiving. But his fumble gave the Breakers' Tim Mazzetti the chance to kick a tie-breaking 45-yard field goal with 2:39 to play. The Generals fumbled eight times, five recovered by the Breakers.

Boston     -  7  3  3 18 - 31

New Jersey -  0 21  0  0 - 21

1st - BOST - Johnnie Walton, 1-yard run (Tim Mazzetti kick) BOS 7-0 2nd - NJ - Herschel Walker, 1-yard run (Dave Jacobs kick) TIED 7-7 2nd - NJ - Maurice Carthon, 2-yard run (Jacobs kick) NJ 14-7 2nd - NJ - Victor Hicks, 10-yard pass from Bobby Scott (Jacobs kick) NJ 21-7 2nd - BOST - Mazzetti, 33-yard field goal NJ 21-10 3rd - BOST - Mazzetti, 26-yard field goal NJ 21-13 4th - BOST - Richard Crump, 1-yard run (Charles Smith pass from Walton) TIED 21-21 4th - BOST - Mazzetti, 45-yard field goal BOS 24-21 4th - BOST - Tony Davis, 10-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOS 31-21

WASHINGTON 22, Michigan 16 (OT) (11414) - Kim McQuilken's third TD pass and second to Joey Walters, a 23-yarder 2:43 into overtime, gave Washington its first victory of the season. The victory came before 11,243 rain-soaked fans at RFK Stadium, less than one-third the 38,010 who attended their season opener. There were 10,396 no-shows Sunday. Novo Bojovic's 43-yard FG for Michigan, had tied it 16-16 as regulation time expired.

Michigan   -  0  7  6  3  0 - 16

Washington -  3 13  0  0  6 - 22

1st - WASH - Obed Ariri, 32-yard field goal WASH 3-0 2nd - WASH - Mike Holmes, 40-yard pass from Kim McQuilken (Ariri kick) WASH 10-0 2nd - MICH - Anthony Carter, 33-yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Novo Bojovic kick) WASH 10-7 2nd - WASH - Joey Walters, 8-yard pass from McQuilken (Kick failed) WASH 16-7 3rd - MICH - Derek Holloway, 69-yard pass from Hebert (Kick failed) WASH 16-13 4th - MICH - Bojovic, 43-yard field goal TIED 16-16 OT - WASH - Walters, 22-yard pass from McQuilken WASH 22-16

Tampa Bay 27, PHILADELPHIA 22 (18718) - CB Jeff George's fumble recovery set up a TD pass by John Reaves, then George sprinted 22 yards with an interception for another TD to key the Bandits' victory in the rain. The crowd of 18,718 was less than half who came to see the Stars' home opener. Reaves, who played with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1972-75, threw for 269 yards, all but 21 of them in the first half when the Bandits built a 27-10 lead.

Tampa Bay    - 14 13  0  0 — 27

Philadelphia -  7  6  3  6 — 22

1st - TB - Eric Truvillion, 33-yard pass from John Reaves (Zenon Andrusyshyn kick) TB 7-0 1st - PHIL - Kelvin Bryant, 35-yard run (David Trout kick ) TIED 7-7 1st - TB - Jeff George, 22-yard interception return Andrusyshyn kick) TB 14-7 2nd - PHIL - Trout, 35-yard field goal TB 14-10 2nd - TB - Andrusyshyn, 43-yard field goal TB 17-10 2nd - TB - Sam Platt, 1-yard run {Andrusyshyn kick) TB 24-10 2nd - TB - Andrusyshyn, 38-yard field goal TB 27-10 2nd - PHIL - Trout, 37-yard field goal TB 27-13 3rd - PHIL - Trout ,27-yard field goal TB 27-16 4th - PHIL - Bryant, 33-yard pass from Jim Krohn (Pass failed) TB 27-22

MONDAY MARCH 28

DENVER 22, Oakland 12 (38720) - Ken Johnson passed for two TDs and Harry Sydney rushed for 83 yards and another TD, powering the Gold in the rain and snow in a penalty-plagued game that produced a four-way tie for the lead in the Pacific. The teams combined for 22 penalties worth 207 yards, including six personal fouls and an unsportsmanlike conduct infraction. Oakland got the worst of it, being assessed 13 penalties for 207 yards.

Oakland -  0  0  0 12 - 12

Denver  -  8  7  0  7 - 22

1st - DEN - Bob Niziolek, 10-yard pass from Ken Johnson (Larry Canada pass from Jeff Knapple) DEN 8-0 2nd - DEN - Vic James, 5-yard pass from Johnson (Brian Speelman kick) DEN 15-0 3rd - DEN - Harry Sydney, 1-yard run (Speelman kick) DEN 22-0 4th - OAK - Arthur Wittington, 1-yard pass from Fred Besana (Pass failed) DEN 22-6 4th - OAK - Raymond Chester, 16-yard pass from Besana (Pass failed) DEN 22-12

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

Philadelphia    3  1 0  .750  77  44 Tampa Bay        4  0 0 1.000  99  55

Boston          3  1 0  .750  88  65 Chicago          2  2 0  .500  90  67

Washington      1  3 0  .250  48  83 Birmingham       2  2 0  .500  53  47

New Jersey      0  4 0  .000  45 106 Michigan         1  3 0  .500  59  81

PACIFIC DIVISION

Oakland         2  2 0  .500  83  69 Arizona          2  2 0  .500  58  83

Los Angeles     2  2 0  .500  68  59 Denver           2  2 0  .500  52  59

SATURDAY APRIL 2

BOSTON 27, Birmingham 16 (10976) - Johnnie Walton threw two TD passes in the first five minutes and Tim Mazzetti kicked two FGs as the Breakers rolled to their fourth consecutive win. The game drew about half of Nickerson Field's capacity on a sunny, 50-degree day. Two Scott Norwood FGs cut Boston's lead to 20-16 with 9:50 left. But Walton led the Breakers on a 10-play, 75-yard march capped by a TD run by Tony Davis with 3:52 left.

Birmingham -  0 10  3  3 — 16

Boston     - 14  6  0  7 — 27

1st - BOST - Nolan Franz, 26-yard pass from Johnnie Walton (Tim Mazzetti kick) BOS 7-0 1st - BOST - Richard Crump, 12-yard pass from Walton (Mazzetti kick) BOS 14-0 2nd - BIRM - Cornelius Quarles, 2-yard run (Scott Norwood kick) BOS 14-7 2nd - BIRM -Norwood, 22-yard field goal BOS 14-10 2nd - BOST - Mazzetti, 42-yard field goal BOS 17-10 2nd - BOST - Mazzetti, 23-yard field goal BOS 20-10 3rd - BIRM - Norwood, 47-yard field goal BOS 20-13 4th - BIRM -Norwood, 29-yard field goal BOS 20-16 4th - BOST - Tony Davis, 2-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOS 27-16

Chicago 42, TAMPA BAY 3 (46585) - Greg Landry tossed a pair of TD passes to Trumaine Johnson and Luther Bradley returned one of his pro football-record six interceptions 93 yards for another TD for Chicago, who knocked off the USFL's last unbeaten team. There were only 3,414 no shows despite heavy rain that continued until kickoff. Landry completed 19 of 26 passes for 277 yards, as Chicago blew the game open with a 21-point third quarter.

Chicago   -  7  7 21  7 — 42

Tampa Bay -  0  3  0  0 —  3

1st - CHI - Trumaine Johnson, 45-yard pass from Greg Landry (John Roveto kick) CHI 7-0 2nd - TB - Zenon Andrusyshyn, 32-yard field goal CHI 7-3 2nd - CHI - Kevin Long, 1-yard run (Roveto kick) CHI 14-3 3rd - CHI - Johnson, 5-yard pass from Landry (Roveto kick) CHI 21-3 3rd - CHI - Luther Bradley, 93-yard interception return (Roveto kick) CHI 28-3 3rd - CHI - Landry, 4-yard run (Roveto kick) CHI 35-3 4th - CHI - Jim Stone, 8-yard run (Roveto kick) CHI 42-3

SUNDAY APRIL 3

PHILADELPHIA 34, Washington 3 (10802) - Allen Harvin took over for teammate Kelvin Bryant, the USFL rushing leader, in the second half and scored two TDs for Philadelphia in just over two minutes of the third quarter. Bryant, who has been bothered with minor injuries, played only in the first half as the Stars took a 13-3 lead. After that, Harvin carried the load and finished with 119 yards in 16 carries. The victory put the Stars back into a tie for first.

Washington   -  3  0  0  0 -  3

Philadelphia -  6  7 14  7 - 34 

1st - PHIL - Kelvin Bryant, 3-yard run (Kick failed) PHIL 6-0 1st - WASH - Dana Moore, 39-yard field goal PHIL 6-3 2nd - PHIL - Steve Folsom, 8-yard pass from Chuck Fusina (David Trout kick) PHIL 13-3 3rd - PHIL - Allen Harvin, 18-yard pass from Fusina (Trout kick) PHIL 20-3 3rd- PHIL - Harvin, 11-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 27-3 4th - PHIL - Jeff Rodenberger, 5-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 34-3

LOS ANGELES 10, Oakland 7 (17139) - Vince Abbott kicked a 19-yard FG with 47 seconds left to give Los Angeles the win. The Express scored first with a 17-yard pass from Mike Rae to Ricky Ellis after a fumble by Oakland running back Arthur Whittington, and Abbott converted the extra point giving Los Angeles an early 7-0 lead. The Express drove 85 yards in 17 plays before the winning kick, with John Barnett carrying 8 times for 37 yards.

Oakland     -  0  0  7  0 -  7

Los Angeles -  7  0  0  3 - 10

1st - LA - Ricky Ellis, 17-yard pass from Mike Rae (Vince Abbott kick) LA 7-0 3rd - OAK - Arthur Whittlngton, 2-yard run (Kevin Shea kick) TIED 7-7 4th - LA - Abbott, 19-yard field goal LA 10-7

New Jersey 35, ARIZONA 21 (31382) - Hershel Walker broke loose for 177 yards on 33 carries and three TDs as the Generals won their first game. Walker had just 261 yards through the first four games. His 19-yard scoring run midway through the third quarter erased a 14-13 halftime deficit and put New Jersey ahead for good. Arizona QB Alan Risher threw three TD passes, but was intercepted three times

New Jersey -  3 10 15  7 - 35

Arizona    -  7  7  0  7 - 21

1st - NJ - Dave Jacobs, 38-yard field goal NJ 3-0 1st - ARZ - Jackie Flowers, 35-yard pass from Alan Risher (Jim Asmus kick) ARI 7-3 2nd - NJ - Larry Brodsky, 31-yard pass from Bobby Scott (Jacobs kick) NJ 10-7 2nd - NJ - Jacobs, 51-yard field goal NJ 13-7 2nd - ARZ - Flowers, 7-yard pass from Risher (Asmus kick) ARI 14-13 3rd - NJ - Herschel Walker, 19-yard run (Maurice Carthon pass from Scott) NJ 21-14 3rd - NJ - Walker, 4-yard run (Jacobs kick) NJ 28-14 4th - ARZ - Flowers, 62-yard pass from Risher (Asmus kick) NJ 28-21 4th - NJ - Walker, 1-yard run (Jacobs kick) NJ 35-21

MONDAY APRIL 4

Denver 29, MICHIGAN 21 (11279) - Reserve QB Jeff Knapple ran for two points on a fake kick conversion attempt with 2:42 left to lift the Gold to the win. A 2-yard TD run by Harry Sydney set up the winning play. Knapple lined up as the holder following Sydney's scoring run, but took the snap and weaved up the middle for seven yards into the end zone for the winning points, offsetting a three-TD night by Michigan QB Bobby Hebert, two rushing.

Denver   -  7  0  7 15 — 29

Michigan -  0  6  8  7 — 21

1st - DEN - Putt Choate, 58-yard run (Brian Speelman kick) DEN 7-0 2nd - MICH - Bobby Hebert, 1-yard run (Kick failed) DEN 7-6 3rd - MICH - Hebert, 1-yard run (Hebert run) MICH 14-7 3rd - DEN - Victor James, 11-yard pass from Ken Johnson (Speelman kick) TIED 14-14 4th - MICH - Derek Holloway, 36-yard pass from Hebert (Novo Bojovic kick) MICH 21-14 4th - DEN - Harry Sydney, 2-yard run (Jeff Knapple run) DEN 22-21 4th - DEN - Sydney, 2-yard run (Speelman kick) DEN 29-21

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

Philadelphia    4  1 0  .800 111  47 Tampa Bay        4  1 0  .800 102  97

Boston          4  1 0  .800 115  81 Chicago          3  2 0  .600 132  70

New Jersey      1  4 0  .200  80 127 Birmingham       2  3 0  .400  69  74

Washington      1  4 0  .200  51 117 Michigan         1  4 0  .200  80 110

PACIFIC DIVISION

Los Angeles     3  2 0  .600  78  66 Oakland          2  3 0  .400  90  79

Denver          3  2 0  .600  81  80 Arizona          2  3 0  .400  79 118

SATURDAY APRIL 9

Tampa Bay 22, DENVER 16 (OT) (46848) - RB Greg Boone's 11-yard touchdown run to cap a 73-yard overtime drive gave the Bandits the win. Denver saw its three-game winning streak  snapped, as Bandits QB John Reaves  completed 38 of 63 passes  for 357 yards. He engineered two long second-half scoring drives that  enabled Tampa Bay to erase a 13-3 halftime deficit and take a 16-13 lead  late in the fourth quarter.

Tampa Bay -  3  0  6  7  6 - 22

Denver    -  0 13  0  3  0 — 16

1st - TB - Zenon Andrusyshyn, 36-yard field goal TB 3-0 2nd - DEN - Brian Speelman, 26-yard field goal TIED 3-3 2nd - DEN - Harry Sydney, 56-yard pass from Ken Johnson (Speelman kick) DEN 10-3​ 2nd - DEN - Speelman, 29-yard field goal DEN 13-3 3rd - TB - Danny Buggs, 6-yard pass from John Reaves (Kick failed) DEN 13-9​ 4th - TB - Sam Platt, 1-yard run (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 16-13​ 4th - DEN - Speelman, 33-yard field goal TIED 16-16​ OT - TB - Greg Boone, 11-yard run TB 22-16

SUNDAY APRIL 10

Michigan 21, NEW JERSEY 6 (17648) - Herschel Walker ran for 133 yards, but the Panthers and the weather rained on the Generals'  parade. LB John Corker had six sacks and Ira Albright fell  on a blocked punt in the end zone to offset Walker's rushing performance  as Michigan broke a four-game skid. The Panthers, who  sacked QB Bobby Scott eight times boosted their league-leading  total to 29. Corker has 15 sacks in his last three games.

Michigan   -  0  0 14  7 - 21

New Jersey -  0  0  6  0 -  6

3rd - MICH - Ira Albright recovered blocked punt in end zone (Novo Bojovic kick) MICH 7-0​ 3rd - NJ - Dwight Sullivan, 1-yard run (Kick failed) MICH 7-6 3rd - MICH - Derek Holloway, 25-yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH 14-6 4th - MICH - Ken Lacy, 10-yard run (Bojovic kick)  MICH 21-6

Philadelphia 17, LOS ANGELES 3 (18671) - Chuck Fusina completed 21 of 37 passes for 214 yards and one touchdown Sunday, leading the Stars to their fifth win in six games. Kelvin Bryant, the USFL's leading rusher, gained 81  yards on 21 carries and scored Philadelphia's first TD to give  the Stars a 10-3 lead. Fusina hit wide receiver Scott Fitzkee  with a 19-yard scoring throw midway through the final period to put the game out of reach.

Philadelphia -  0 10  0  7 — 17

Los Angeles  -  3  0  0  0 —  3

1st - LA - Vince Abbott, 42-yard field goal LA 3-0​ 2nd - PHIL - David Trout, 44-yard field goal TIED 3-3​2nd - PHIL - Kelvin Bryant, 2-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 10-3​ 4th - PHIL - Scott Fitzkee, 19-yard pass from Chuck Fusina (Trout kick) PHIL 17-3

Oakland 26, BOSTON 7 (7984) - Ted Torosian rambled for two TDs through the wind and rain after an interception and fumble recovery by Oakland as the Invaders snapped the Breakers' four-game win streak. Terry Love stopped Fred Besana's string of 135 passes without an interception by picking the ball off at the Breakers' 18. But Love fumbled and Steve Houston recovered for the Invaders. Torosian scored two plays later to end Oakland's hopes.

Oakland -  0  9 14  3 - 26

Boston  -  0  7  0  0 -  7

1st - BOST - Richard Crump, 1-yard run (Tim Mazzetti kick) BOS 7-0​ 2nd - OAK - Ted Torosian, 2-yard run (Kick failed) BOS 7-6​ 2nd - OAK - Kevin Shea, 28-yard field goal OAK 9-7 3rd - OAK - Arthur Whittington, 1-yard run (Shea kick) OAK 16-7​ 3rd - OAK - Torosian, 12-yard run (Shea kick) OAK 23-7​ 4th - OAK - Shea, 44 -yard field goal OAK 26-7

CHICAGO 22, Birmingham 11 (13859) - Kevin Long's TD run capped an 83-yard drive with 1:57 to play for the Blitz, whose win was their third straight. Chicago led 13-11 when they put together its final drive, sparked by a 31-yard pass from Greg Landry to Doug Dennison. Stallions QB Reggie Collier was sacked six times. The Blitz took a 6-0 lead on FGs by Frank  Corral, who had been reactivated after being sidelined with a slight knee ligament tear.

Birmingham -  0  6  0  5 - 11

Chicago    -  3  3  7  9 — 22

1st - CHI - Frank Corral, 20-yard field goal CHI 3-0​ 2nd - CHI - Corral, 42-yard field goal CHI 6-0​ 2nd - BIRM - Reggie Collier, 11-yard run (Kick failed) TIED 6-6​ 3rd - CHI - Tim Spencer, 2-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 13-6​ 4th - BIRM - Safety, Greg Landry tackled in end zone CHI 13-8 4th - BIRM - Scott Norwood, 34-yard field goal CHI 13-11​ 4th - CHI - Kevin Long, 1-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 20-11​ 4th - CHI - Safety, Collier tackled in end zone CHI 22-11

MONDAY APRIL 11

Arizona 22, WASHINGTON 21 (13936) - Alan Risher passed for 310 yards and three TDs to help the Wranglers win a thriller. Risher and Jackie Flowers combined on a USFL-record 98-yard TD pass as Arizona rallied from a 21-13 halftime deficit. Washington had a first down at the Arizona 1. But the Wranglers stopped the Federals and after gaining a yard, Risher hit Flowers at midfield after he had slipped to one knee in the end zone.

Arizona    -  7  6  3  6 - 22

Washington -  7 14  0  0 - 21

1st - ARZ - Calvin Murray, 79-yard pass from Alan Risher (Jim Asmus kick) ARI 7-0 1st - WASH - James Mayberry, 2-yard run (Ken Olson kick) TIED 7-7​ 2nd - WASH - Joey Walters, 22-yard pass from Joe Gilliam (Olson kick) WASH 14-7 2nd - ARZ - Jackie Flowers, 2-yard pass from Risher (Run failed) WASH 14-13 2nd - WASH - Walters, 17-yard pass from Gilliam (Olson kick) WASH 21-13​ 3rd - ARZ - Asmus, 49-yard field goal WASH 21-16​ 4th - ARZ - Flowers, 98-yard pass from Risher (Pass failed) ARI 22-21

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

Philadelphia    5  1 0  .833 128  50 Tampa Bay        5  1 0  .833 124 113

Boston          4  2 0  .667 122 107 Chicago          4  2 0  .667 154  81

New Jersey      1  5 0  .167  86 148 Michigan         2  4 0  .333 101 116

Washington      1  5 0  .167  72 139 Birmingham       2  4 0  .333  80  96

PACIFIC DIVISION

Los Angeles     3  3 0  .500  81  83 Denver           3  3 0  .500  97 102

Oakland         3  3 0  .500 116  86 Arizona          3  3 0  .500 101 139

SATURDAY APRIL 16

Philadelphia 17, OAKLAND 7 (34901) - Kelvin Bryant, the USFL's leading rusher, gained 118 yards and scored one TD for the Stars' third straight victory. Oakland  failed to capitalize on three scoring bids. FB Jairo Penaranda fumbled in the end zone on a two-yard plunge and Kevin Shea missed on two FGs attempts.  Philadelphia had held its opponents scoreless for  12 consecutive quarters until Oakland's Wyatt Henderson scored in the third.

Philadelphia -  0 10  0  7 - 17

Oakland      -  0  0  7  0 -  7

2nd - PHIL - David Trout, 39-yard field goal PHIL 3-0 2nd - PHIL - Kelvin Bryant, 37-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 10-0​ 3rd - OAK - Wyatt Henderson, 8-yard pass from Fred Besana (Kevin Shea kick) PHIL 10-7​ 4th - PHIL - Tom Donovan, 18-yard pass from Chuck Fusina (Trout kick) PHIL 17-7

SUNDAY APRIL 17

Denver 9, BIRMINGHAM 7 (26250) - Denver won on Brian Speelman's 50-yard FG with six seconds left. The drive was prolonged by a roughing penalty after Speelman had failed from 52 yards. The points were the first scored since early in the second quarter when Birmingham took a 7-6 lead on Earl Gant's TD run. Denver scored in the opening period on a 15-yard pass from Ken Johnson to Bo Matthews, but failed on a two-point conversion.

Denver     -  6  0  0  3 —  9

Birmingham -  0  7  0  0 —  7

1st - DEN - Bo Matthews, 15-yard pass from Ken Johnson (Pass failed) DEN 6-0​ 2nd - BIRM - Earl Gant, 4-yard run (Scott Norwood kick) BIRM 7-6​ 4th - DEN - Brian Speelman, 50-yard field goal DEN 9-7

Boston 44, ARIZONA 23 (20911) - Richard Crump ran for two TDs and caught a pass for another score to lead Boston. Tim Mazzetti kicked three field goals to run his consecutive streak to 12 for Boston. Crump had two 4-yard touchdown runs in Boston's 21-point fourth quarter as the Breakers handed the Wranglers their fourth loss in seven games.

Boston   - 10  3 10 21 — 44

Arizona  -  0  7  8  8 — 23

1st - BOST - Richard Crump, 2-yard pass from Johnnie Walton (Tim Mazzetti kick) BOS 7-0 1st - BOST - Mazzetti, 38-yard field goal BOS 10-0 2nd - ARZ - Jackie Flowers, 4-yard pass from Alan Risher (Jim Asmus kick) BOS 10-7​ 2nd - BOST - Mazzetti, 20-yard field goal BOS 13-7​ 3rd - BOST - Tony Davis, 6-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOS 20-7 3rd - BOST - Mazzetti, 50-yard field goal BOS 23-7​ 3rd - ARZ - Calvin Murray, 1-yard run (Neil Balholm pass from Risher) BOS 23-15​ 4th - BOST - Crump, 4-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOS 30-15 4th - BOST - Crump, 4-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOS 37-15​ 4th - BOST - Frank Lockett fumble recovery in end zone (Mazzetti kick) BOS 44-15 4th - ARZ - Balholm, 2-yard pass from Todd Krueger (Balholm pass from Krueger) BOS 44-23

MICHIGAN 17, Chicago 12 (11634) - John Williams gained 133 yards in 19 carries to lead Michigan. The Panthers trailed 6-3 at the half. But they went 72 yards in four plays for a touchdown on the first drive of the second half, with Williams first running for 24 yards, then bursting 31 yards up the middle for a touchdown that put them ahead tostay. The crowd was the second straight in Michigan that was slightly more than 11,000.

Chicago  -  3  3  0  6 — 12

Michigan -  0  3 14  0 — 17

1st - CHI - Frank Corral, 25-yard field goal CHI 3-0​ 2nd - CHI - Corral, 45-yard field goal CHI 6-0 2nd - MICH - Novo Bojovic, 20-yard field goal CHI 6-3 3rd - MICH - John Williams, 31-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICH 10-6​ 3rd - MICH - Ken Lacy, 9-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICH 17-6 4th - CHI - Kevin Long, 1-yard run (Pass failed) MICH 17-12

NEW JERSEY 23, Washington 22 (35381) - Herschel Walker, after scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 142 yards on 28 carries, had to watch with eight seconds to go as Ken Olson's 33-yard FG attempt faded to the right. Joe Gilliam came off the bench in the second quarter with the Federals trailing 14-2 to guide their comeback bid. Gilliam closed the gap to 23-22, but missed the two-point conversion when Gilliam's pass was batted down.

Washington -  2  6  0 14 - 22

New Jersey -  0 17  0  6 - 23

1st - WASH - Safety, Dave Jacobs ran out of end zone WASH 2-0 2nd - NJ - Victor Hicks, 40-yard pass from Bobby Scott (Pass failed) NJ 6-2​ 2nd - NJ - Herschel Walker, 2-yard run (Maurice Carthon pass from Scott) NJ 14-2 2nd - WASH - Mike Holmes, 18-yard pass from Joe Gilliam (Kick failed) NJ 14-8​ 2nd - NJ - Jacobs, 32-yard field goal NJ 17-8​ 4th - NJ - Walker, 8-yard run (Kick failed) NJ 23-8​ 4th - WASH - Joey Walters, 9-yard pass from Gilliam (Walters pass from Gilliam) NJ 23-16​ 4th - WASH - Craig James, 52-yard pass from Gilliam (Pass failed) NJ 23-22

MONDAY APRIL 18

Los Angeles 18, TAMPA BAY 13 (32223) - Vince Abbott kicked three first-half FGs and Los Angeles used  a second-half fumble recovery to set up John Barnett's TD  run as the Express stayed in a first-place tie in the Pacific. QB Jimmy Jordan brought the  Bandits back from a 16-6 deficit, after replacing John Reaves late in the fourth quarter after the Bandits'  starter had thrown four interceptions and fumbled to set up Barnett's  touchdown.

Los Angeles -  3  6  0  9 — 18

Tampa Bay   -  3  3  0  7 — 13

1st - TB - Zenon Andrusyshyn, 40-yard field goal TB 3-0​ 1st - LA - Vince Abbott, 35-yard field goal TIED 3-3 2nd - TB - Andrusyshyn, 29-yard field goal TB 6-3 2nd - LA - Abbott, 36-yard field goal TIED 6-6 3rd - LA - Abbott, 24-yard field goal LA 9-6​ 4th - LA - John Barnett, 1-yard run (Abbott kick) LA 16-6 4th - TB - Danny Buggs, 23-yard pass from Jimmy Jordan (Andrusyshyn kick) LA 16-13 4th - LA - Safety, Jordan tackled in end zone LA 18-13

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

Philadelphia    6  1 0  .857 145  57 Tampa Bay        5  2 0  .714 136 131

Boston          5  2 0  .714 166 130 Chicago          4  3 0  .571 166  98

New Jersey      2  5 0  .286 109 170 Michigan         3  4 0  .429 118 128

Washington      1  6 0  .143  94 162 Birmingham       2  5 0  .286  87 105

PACIFIC DIVISION

Los Angeles     4  3 0  .571  99  96 Oakland          3  4 0  .429 123 103

Denver          4  3 0  .571 106 109 Arizona          3  4 0  .429 124 183

SATURDAY APRIL 23

MICHIGAN 34, Los Angeles 24 (13184) - Bobby Hebert threw TD passes to Anthony Carter and to Mike Cobb, and Novo Bojoyic kicked a team-record four FGs to help ice the Panthers' victory, their third in a row. Los Angeles led 3-0 with 4:32 remaining in the first quarter when Hebert, who entered the game as the sixth-best passer in the league, found Carter alone at the 6-yard line, and he sidestepped a tackier to give the Panthers a 7-3 lead.

Los Angeles - 10  7  0  7 — 24

Michigan    -  7  6 18  3 — 34

1st - LA - Vince Abbott, 27-yard field goal LA 3-0​ 1st - MICH - Anthony Carter, 26-yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Novo Bojovic kick) MICH 7-3​ 1st - LA - Tony Boddie, 2-yard run (Abbott kick) LA 10-7​ 2nd - MICH - Bojovic, 29-yard field goal TIED 10-10​ 2nd - MICH - Bojovic, 24-yard field goal MICH 13-10​ 2nd - LA - Kris Haines, 22-yard pass from Mike Rae (Abbott kick) LA 17-13 3rd - MICH - Bojovic, 22-yard field goal LA 17-16​ 3rd - MICH - John Williams, 1-yard run (Derek Holloway pass from Hebert) MICH 24-17 3rd - MICH - Mike Cobb, 1-yard pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH 31-17​ 4th - MICH - Bojovic, 34-yard field goal MICH 34-17​ 4th - LA - Ricky Ellis, 27-yard pass from Tom Ramsey (Abbott kick) MICH 34-24

ARIZONA 24, Denver 3 (21557) - Alan Risher fired three second-half TD passes to give the Wranglers a share of first place in the Pacific Division. Arizona, with the league's worst defensive record, intercepted five passes. With the score tied 3-3 and 5:38 left in the third, Risher and RB Calvin Murray hooked up on a 54-yard pass play for the winning TD. Murray, who finished with 125 yards rushing on 22 carries, caught the ball at Denver's 42-yard line.

Denver  - 0  3  0  0 —  3

Arizona - 0  3 14  7 — 24

2nd - DEN - Brian Speelman, 43-yard field goal DEN 3-0​ 2nd - ARZ - Jim Asmus, 22-yard field goal TIED 3-3 3rd - ARZ - Calvin Murray, 54-yard pass from Alan Risher (Asmus kick) ARI 10-3​ 3rd - ARZ - Jackie Flowers, 4-yard pass from Risher (Asmus kick) ARI 17-3​ 4th - ARZ - Neil Balholm, 4-yard pass from Risher (Asmus kick) ARI 24-3

SUNDAY APRIL 24

PHILADELPHIA 23, Boston 17 (10257) - Kelvin Bryant ran for 110 yards and a TD for Philadelphia, but the key play came late when Stars P Sean Landeta ran out of his own end zone to make the score Philadelphia 20-16. On the ensuing kickoff, Boston's Ira Matthews fumbled at his own 30 and John Sutton recovered for the Stars. With 1:49 left, David Trout put the game out of reach with a 42-yard FG. Boston QB Johnnie Walton passed for 367 yards.

Boston       -  0  0  7  9 — 16

Philadelphia -  7 10  3  3 - 23

1st - PHIL - Willie Collier 14 pass from Chuck Fusina (David Trout kick) PHIL 7-0 2nd - PHIL - Kelvin Bryant, 21-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 14-0 2nd - PHIL - Trout, 34-yard field goal PHIL 17-0 2nd - PHIL - Trout, 26-yard field goal PHIL 20-0 3rd - BOST - Frank Lockett, 86-yard pass from Johnnie Walton (Tim Mazzetti kick) PHIL 20-7 4th - BOST - Richard Crump, 8-yard pass from Walton (Mazzetti kick) PHIL 20-14 4th - BOST - Safety, Sean Landeta runs out of end zone PHIL 20-16 4th - PHIL - Trout, 42-yard field goal PHIL 23-16

Tampa Bay 30, WASHINGTON 23 (9070) - Carl Franks' 18-yard TD run with 2:25 remaining lifted the Bandits. Jimmy Jordan threw three Tampa Bay TD passes to Eric Truvillion and finished with 29 completions in 45 attempts for 345 yards. It was Jordan's first start at QB. He replaced John Reaves, who broke his wrist last week.Franks did not report to Tampa Bay until last Thursday because he is completing undergraduate requirements.

Tampa Bay  - 13  7  0 10 — 30

Washington -  6  0 14  3 — 23

1st  - TB - Eric Truvillion, 28-yard pass from Jimmie Jordan (Kick failed) TB 6-0 1st - WASH - Eric Robinson, 94-yard kickoff return (Kick failed) TIED 6-6 1st - TB - Truvillion, 15-yard pass from Jordan (Zenon Andrusyshyn kick) TB 13-6 2nd - TB - Truvillion, 6-yard pass from Jordan (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 20-6 3rd - WASH - Craig James, 19-yard run (Dale Castro kick) TB 20-13 3rd - WASH - Mike Holmes, 11-yard pass from Mike Hohensee (Castro kick) TIED 20-20 4th - WASH - Castro, 23-yard field goal WASH 23-20 4th - TB - Andrusyshyn, 31-yard field goal TIED 23-23 4th - TB - Carl Franks, 18-yard run (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 30-23

BIRMINGHAM 21, Oakland 9 (18500) - Reggie Collier and Cornelius Quarles found big scoring holes up the middle to lead the Stallions to the win. Collier scored on a 17-yard quarterback draw, and Quarles sealed the decision with a 25-yard run. Both went in untouched. Earl Gant got Birmingham's other TD on a 5-yard run to give the Stallions a 14-0 halftime lead before the Invaders made it 14-7 on Art Whittington's TD run in the third.

Oakland    - 0  0  7  2 —  9

Birmingham - 7  7  0  7 — 21

1st - BIRM - Reggie Collier, 17-yard run (Scott Norwood kick) BIRM 7-0 2nd - BIRM - Earl Gant, 5-yard run (Norwood kick) BIRM 14-0 3rd- OAK - Arthur Whittington, 2-yard run (Kevin Shea kick) BIRM 14-7 4th - BIRM - Cornelius Quarles, 25-yard run (Norwood kick) BIRM 21-7 4th - OAK - Safety, Jairo Penaranda blocked punt out of end zone BIRM 21-9

MONDAY APRIL 25

CHICAGO 17, New Jersey 14 (OT) (32182) -  Frank Corral kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2:47 remaining in OT to give the Blitz the win. Corral had missed a 35-yard FG attempt earlier in the overtime. New Jersey lost a chance at victory with 17 seconds to go in regulation when Dave Jacobs' 45-yard field goal attempt veered wide right. New Jersey's Herschel Walker gained 138 yards in 36 carries to take the league lead in rushing with 851 yards.

New Jersey  -  0  6  0  8  0 - 14

Chicago     -  0  7  0  7  3 - 17

2nd - NJ - Herschel Walker, 3-yard run (Kick failed) NJ 6-0 2nd - CHI - Lenny Willis, 12-yard pass from Greg Landry (Frank Corral kick) CHI 7-6 4th - NJ - John Joyce, 13-yard return of blocked punt (Victor Hicks pass from Dave Boisture) NJ 14-7 4th - CHI - Kevin Long, 1-yard run (Corral kick) TIED 14-14 OT - CHI - Corral, 35-yard field goal CHI 17-14

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

Philadelphia    7  1 0  .875 168  74 Tampa Bay        6  2 0  .750 166 154

Boston          5  3 0  .625 183 173 Chicago          5  3 0  .625 183 112

New Jersey      2  6 0  .250 123 187 Michigan         4  4 0  .500 152 152

Washington      1  7 0  .125 117 192 Birmingham       3  5 0  .375 108 114

PACIFIC DIVISION

Denver          4  4 0  .500 109 133 Arizona          4  4 0  .500 148 186

Los Angeles     4  4 0  .500 123 130 Oakland          3  5 0  .375 132 124

APR 28 - Pittsburgh was granted a 1984 franchise in the USFL, but the new team's owners refused to confirm reports it will be sold before the first kickoff. Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., whose son Edward owns the San Francisco 49ers, was granted the franchise for the first of up to eight USFL expansion teams, according to Commissioner Chet Simmons. Paul Martha, DeBartolo's vice president and general counsel, insisted DeBartolo intends to "build a franchise" in Pittsburgh despite opposition from NFL owners. Martha refused comment on reports in both of Pittsburgh's daily newspapers that DeBartolo wants to sell the unnamed USFL franchise to investors led by James Roddey, a Pittsburgh businessman. Roddey, former president of Turner Communications, also refused to confirm a sale agreement.

SATURDAY APRIL 30

Philadelphia 24, TAMPA BAY 10 (41559) - Kelvin Bryant took over the USFL rushing lead by running for 106 yards and two TDs as the Stars avenged their only loss.  Bryant scored the first TD on a 10-yard run in the first quarter, and the last in the third period on a 3-yard run. Tampa Bay scored its only TD in the second quarter when Jimmy Jordan passed 2 yards to WR Eric Truvillion. Zenon Andrusyshyn kicked a 25-yard field goal in the third period.

Philadelphia - 10  0 14  0 — 24

Tampa Bay    -  0  7  3  0 — 10

1st - PHIL - Kelvin Bryant, 10-yard run (David Trout kick) PHIL 7-0 1st - PHIL - Trout, 44-yard field goal PHIL 10-0 2nd - TB - Eric Truvillion, 2-yard pass from Jimmie Jordan (Zenon Andrusyshyn kick) PHIL 10-7 3rd - PHIL - Allen Harvin, 20-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 17-7 3rd - TB - Andrusyshyn, 25-yard field goal PHIL 17-10 3rd - PHIL - Bryant, 3-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 24-10

SUNDAY MAY 1

Michigan 28, BOSTON 24 (10971) - John Williams put Michigan ahead on a 1-yard plunge with just 83 seconds left to play, and then the Panthers held off a final Boston drive. Boston's Johnnie Walton completed 37 of 49 passes for 422 yards. The Panthers took advantage of a 17-yard punt by Boston's Dario Casarino to drive 43 yards for Williams' TD. Walton fired 10 consecutive passes, hitting six and drove to the Michigan 3 as time ran out.

Michigan -  7  7  0 14 - 28

Boston   -  0 10  0 14 - 24

1st - MICH - Don Echols fumble recovery in end zone (Novo Bojovic kick) MICH 7-0 2nd - BOST - Nolan Franz, 44-yard pass from Johnnie Walton (Tim Mazzetti kick) TIED 7-7 2nd - BOST - Mazzetti, 38-yard field goal BOSTON 10-7 2nd - MICH - Mike Cobb, 5-yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH 14-10 4th - MICH - Anthony Carter, 47-yard pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH 21-10 4th - BOST - Anthony Steels, 1-yard pass from Walton (Pass failed) MICH 21-16 4th - BOST - Steels, 13-yard pass from Walton (Richard Crump pass from Walton) BOSTON 24-21 4th - MICH - John Williams, 1-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICH 28-24

Chicago 38, LOS ANGELES 17 (21123) - Greg Landry threw three TD passes as Chicago made Coach George Allen's homecoming a triumphant one. Two of Landry's touchdown passes, both to TE Paul Ricker, came in the opening half as the Blitz shot out to a 24-3 lead at the half. His other TD pass was to Doug Dennison in the final period. The game marked a victorious return to the Coliseum for Allen, who formerly had coached the LA  Rams.

Chicago     - 14 10  7  7 — 38

Los Angeles -  0  3  7  7 — 17

1st - CHI - Paul Ricker, 18-yard pass from Greg Landry (Frank Corral kick) CHI 7-0 1st - CHI - Kevin Long, 1-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 14-0 2nd - CHI - Corral, 28-yard field goal CHI 17-0 2nd - CHI - Ricker, 1-yard pass from Landry (Corral kick) CHI 24-0 2nd - LA - Vince Abbott, 42-yard field goal CHI 24-3 3rd - LA - Kevin Williams, 53-yard pass from Tom Ramsey (Abbott kick) CHI 24-10 3rd - CHI - Lance Shields, 44-yard interception return (Corral kick) CHI 31-10 4th - LA - Kris Haines, 40-yard pass from Ramsey (Abbott kick) CHI 31-17 4th - CHI - Doug Dennison, 9-yard pass from Landry (Corral kick) CHI 38-17

New Jersey 34, DENVER 29 (47940) - Herschel Walker is the first USFL player to rush for more than 1,000 yards. What is surprising is that it took him eight games to make a long, tackle breaking, crowd-pleasing run. Walker lifted his rushing total to 1,023 yards, but it took an 80-yard gallop in the fourth quarter to put him over that milestone and give the Generals just their third win of the season.

New Jersey -  0 13 14  7 - 34

Denver     -  7  8  0 14 - 29

1st - DEN - Harry Sydney, 1-yard run (Brian Speelman kick) DEN 7-0 2nd - NJ - Maurice Carthon, 2-yard run (Dave Jacobs kick) TIED 7-7 2nd - DEN - Glenn Ford, 75-yard pass from Steve Gortz (Larry Canada pass from Dave Knapple) DEN 15-7 2nd - NJ - Tom McConnaughey, 2-yard pass from Bobby Scott (Pass failed) DEN 15-13 3rd - NJ - Carthon, 1-yard run (Carthon pass from Scott) NJ 21-15 3rd - NJ - Eric Johnson, 43-yard fumble recovery (Pass failed) NJ 27-15 4th  - DEN - Canada, 11-yard run (Speelman kick) NJ 27-22 4th - NJ - Herschel Walker, 80-yard run (Jacobs kick) NJ 34-22 4th - DEN - Ken Johnson, 1-yard run (Speelman kick) NJ 34-29

Birmingham 35, WASHINGTON 3 (12818) - Bob Lane passed for two TDs and ran for another as Birmingham handed Washington its fifth straight loss. Replacing injured regular Reggie Collier, Lane connected on 13 of 29 passes for 192 yards. One of Lane's TDs came with four seconds left in the first half as he threw a 44-yard pass into the end zone. The ball bounced off Johnny Dirden's helmet into the hands of Ron Frederick.

Birmingham -  7  7 14  7 — 35

Washington -  0  0  3  0 —  3

1st - BIRM - Billy White, 1-yard run (Scott Norwood kick) BIRM 7-0 2nd - BIRM - Ron Frederick, 44-yard pass from Bob Lane (Norwood kick) BIRM 14-0 3rd - BIRM - Greg Anderson, 20-yard pass from Lane (Norwood kick) BIRM 21-0 3rd - WASH - Dale Castro, 47-yard field goal BIRM 21-3 3rd - BIRM - Lane, 4-yard run (Norwood kick) BIRM 28-3 4th - BIRM - Earl Gant, 3-yard run on fumble recovery (Norwood kick) BIRM 35-3

MONDAY MAY 2

OAKLAND 34, Arizona 20 (27460) - Oakland's Fred Besana and Arizona's Alan Risher did some impressive passing, for a total of 555 yards, but it was a 3-yard QB sneak that caused the big fuss. Besana scored on a short run with 27 seconds left, as he surprised the Arizona defense and enraged Wrangler Coach Doug Shively. Invaders coach John Ralston said he was forced to go for the final TD because of the USFL's tie-breaker rule.

Arizona -  0 14  6  0 — 20

Oakland - 17  7  0 10 — 34

1st - OAK - Gordon Banks, 30-yard pass from Fred Besana (Kevin Shea kick) OAK 7-0 1st - OAK - Shea, 42-yard field goal OAK 10-0 1st - OAK - Arthur Whittington, 6-yard run (Shea kick) OAK 17-0 2nd - ARZ - Mark Keel, 24-yard pass from Alan Risher (Jim Asmus kick) OAK 17-7 2nd - OAK - Raymond Chester, 42-yard pass from Besana (Shea kick) OAK 24-7 2nd - ARZ - Calvin Murray, 13-yard pass from Risher (Asmus kick) OAK 24-14 3rd - ARZ - Asmus, 36-yard field goal OAK 24-17 3rd - ARZ - Asmus, 43-yard field goal OAK 24-20 4th - OAK - Shea, 35-yard field goal OAK 27-20 4th - OAK - Besana, 3-yard run (Shea kick) OAK 34-20

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

Philadelphia    8  1 0  .889 192  84 Tampa Bay        6  3 0  .667 176 178

Boston          5  4 0  .556 207 181 Chicago          6  3 0  .667 221 129

New Jersey      3  6 0  .333 157 216 Michigan         5  4 0  .556 180 176

Washington      1  8 0  .111 120 227 Birmingham       4  5 0  .444 143 117

PACIFIC DIVISION

Denver          4  5 0  .444 138 167 Los Angeles      4  5 0  .444 140 168

Arizona         4  5 0  .444 168 220 Oakland          4  5 0  .444 166 144

SATURDAY MAY 7

Michigan 21, ARIZONA 10 (20423) - Whitt Taylor, a backup QB, replaced injured starter Bobby Hebert in the second half and led Michigan to two third-quarter scoring drives and their fifth straight win. Both drives were set up by long pass plays to Anthony Carter, the high-priced WR. Taylor, who had completed five of 12 passes for 60 yards prior to the game, hit on five of eight attempts for 198 yards and one TD.

Michigan -  0  7 14  0 — 21

Arizona  -  7  0  3  0 — 10

1st - ARZ - Jackie Flowers, 8-yard pass from Alan Risher (Jim Asmus kick) ARI 7-0 2nd - MICH - John Williams, 1-yard run (Novo Bojovic kick) TIED 7-7 3rd - ARZ - Asmus, 25-yard field goal ARI 10-7 3rd - MICH - Ken Lacy, 12-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICH 14-10 3rd - MICH - Derek Holloway, 51-yard pass from Whitt Taylor (Bojovic kick) MICH 21-10

LOS ANGELES 23, Boston 20 (16307) - Mike Rae connected with Kris Haines for a 6-yard TD with 18 seconds left to give Los Angeles to the win. The score capped a six-play, 80-yard drive for Haines' second TD of the game. Rae, relieving an injured Tom Ramsey, completed nine of 12 passes for 104 yards. The Breakers' John Walton, the league's top passer, completed 19 of 33 attempts for 196 yards and three interceptions.

Boston      - 10  7  0  3 — 20

Los Angeles -  6  3  7  7 — 23

1st - LA - Kris Haines, 8-yard pass from Tom Ramsey (Kick failed) LA 6-0 1st - BOST - Tim Mazzetti, 44-yard field goal LA 6-3 1st - BOST - Tony Davis, 6-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOS 10-6 2nd - LA - Vince Abbott, 22-yard field goal BOS 10-9 2nd - BOST - Richard Crump, 1-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOS 17-9 3rd - LA - Wymon Henderson, 30-yard fumble return (Abbott kick) BOS 17-16 4th - BOST - Mazzetti, 24-yard field goal BOS 20-16 4th - LA - Haines, 8-yard pass from Mike Rae (Abbott kick) LA 23-20

SUNDAY MAY 8

Tampa Bay 17, OAKLAND 10 (26989) - The Bandits survived a furious Oakland rally to remain in a tie for first in the Central. Jimmy Jordan, who later left the game with a separated shoulder, fired TD passes to Eric Truvillion and Danny Buggs. About 10,000 of the 26,989 ticketholders were no-shows for the nationally televised game at Oakland, where the Invaders trailed 17-0 after three quarters.

Tampa Bay -  3  7  7   0 - 17

Oakland   -  0  0  0  10 - 10

1st - TB - Zenon Andrusyshyn, 22-yard field goal TB 3-0 2nd - TB - Danny Buggs, 9-yard pass from Jimmy Jordon (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 10-0 3rd - TB - Eric Truvillion, 18-yard pass from Jordon (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 17-0 4th - OAK - Fred Besana, 3-yard run (Kevin Shea kick) TB 17-7 4th - OAK - Shea, 30-yard field goal TB 17-10

PHILADELPHIA 6, Denver 3 (14306) - The Stars, topping the USFL with a 9-1 record, had to rely on David Trout's strong right foot to squeeze out a win. Trout converted field goals of 53, the longest of his career, and 18 yards for the Stars, sending Denver to its sixth defeat in 10 games. The Gold had an opportunity to tie the game with 2:07 remaining. However, Brian Speelman never got the 23-yard FG attempt off because the ball was snapped wide.

Denver       -  0  3  0  0 - 3

Philadelphia -  0  3  0  3 - 6

2nd - DEN - Brian Speelman, 23-yard field goal DEN 3-0 2nd - PHIL - David Trout, 53-yard field goal TIED 3-3 4th - PHIL - Trout, 18-yard field goal PHIL 6-3

CHICAGO 31, Washington 3 (11030) - Tim Spencer and Kevin Long each scored two TDs for the Blitz. The Federals have now lost six straight, but they averted a shutout when Dale Castro booted a 21-yard FG in the third period following a 55-yard pass from Kim McQuilken to Billy Taylor. McQuilken started in place of Mike Hohensee, who was hospitalized moments before the game with what doctors diagnosed as an appendicitis attack.

Washington -  0  0  3  0 -  3

Chicago    - 14  7  0 10 - 31

1st - CHI - Kevin Long, 2-yard run (Frank Corral kick) CHI 7-0 1st - CHI - Tim Spencer, 4-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 14-0 2nd - CHI - Spencer, 3-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 21-0 3rd - WASH - Dale Castro, 21-yard field goal CHI 21-3 4th - CHI - Long, 5-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 28-3 4th - CHI - Corral, 36-yard field goal CHI 31-3

MONDAY MAY 9

Birmingham 22, NEW JERSEY 7 (38734) - Stallions K Scott Norwood kicked a USFL-record five FGs, while the defense held league rushing leader Herschel Walker to a career-low 28 yards on 11 carries. Norwood recovered a fumbled kickoff return by Thomas Lott to set up his fourth FG, and missed a 41-yarder in the fourth quarter. The Stallions' offense also shined, holding the ball for 43:28 of the game and outrushed the Generals 242-38.

Birmingham -  7  6  6  3 - 22

New Jersey -  7  0  0  0 -  7

1st - NJ - Tom McConnaughey, 37-yard pass from Bobby Scott (Dave Jacobs kick) NJ 7-0 1st - BIRM - Billy White, 1-yard run (Scott Norwood kick) TIED 7-7 2nd - BIRM - Norwood, 39-yard field goal BIRM10-7 2nd - BIRM - Norwood, 28-yard field goal BIRM 13-7 3rd - BIRM - Norwood, 31-yard field goal BIRM 16-7 3rd - BIRM - Norwood, 37-yard field goal BIRM 19-7 4th - BIRM - Norwood, 25-yard field goal BIRM 22-7

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

Philadelphia    9  1 0  .900 198  87 Tampa Bay        7  3 0  .700 193 188

Boston          5  5 0  .500 227 204 Chicago          7  3 0  .700 252 132

New Jersey      3  7 0  .300 164 238 Michigan         6  4 0  .600 201 186

Washington      1  9 0  .100 123 258 Birmingham       5  5 0  .500 165 124

PACIFIC DIVISION

Los Angeles     5  5 0  .500 163 188 Oakland          4  6 0  .400 176 161

Arizona         4  6 0  .400 178 241 Denver           4  6 0  .400 141 173

SATURDAY MAY 14

BIRMINGHAM 35, Los Angeles 20 (42212) - Bob Lane passed for three TDs and set up two others as the Stallions moved over .500. Lane connected on scoring passes to Earl Gant, Jim Smith and Lonnie Johnson. He hit on 13 of 24 for 268 yards, while Ken Talton ran for 147 yards on 25 carries. The victory was the fourth straight for the Stallions, and the crowd of 42,212, compared to an average of 18,581 for the five previous home games.

Los Angeles -  0  7  0 13 — 20

Birmingham  - 14 14  7  0 — 35

1st - BIRM - Ken Talton, 11-yard run (Scott Norwood kick) BIRM 7-0 1st - BIRM - Earl Gant, 27-yard pass from Bob Lane (Norwood kick) BIRM 14-0 2nd - BIRM - Jim Smith, 22-yard pass from Lane (Norwood kick) BIRM 21-0 2nd - BIRM - Talton, 4-yard run (Norwood kick) BIRM 28-0 2nd - LA - Ricky Ellis, 10-yard pass from Mike Rae (Vince Abbott kick) BIRM 28-7 3rd - BIRM - Lonnie Johnson, 16-yard pass from Lane (Norwood kick) BIRM 35-7 4th - LA - Kris Haines, 5 pass from Rae (Abbott kick) BIRM 35-14 4th - LA - Ellis, 33-yard pass from Tom Ramsey (Kick failed) BIRM 35-20

SUNDAY MAY 15

TAMPA BAY 20, Arizona 14 (32327) - Gary Anderson, playing with only four days of practice, gained 99 yards in 18 carries, scored a TD and caught four passes for 54 yards to lead the Bandits to first place in the Central Division. Anderson was a first-round draft choice of New Jersey in January, but the Bandits traded a draft choice to New Jersey for the rights to him. Bandits QB Mike Kelley completed 21 of 39 passes for 249 yards.

Arizona   -  0  7  0  7 — 14

Tampa Bay -  3  7  3  7 — 20

1st - TB  - Zenon Andrusyshyn, 49-yard field goal TB 3-0 2nd - ARZ - Harold Blue, 25-yard run (Phil Denfeld kick) ARI 7-3 2nd - TB - Eric Truvillion, 4-yard pass from Mike Kelley (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 10-7 3rd - TB - Andrusyshyn, 46-yard field goal TB 13-7 4th - TB - Gary Anderson, 12-yard run (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 20-7 4th - ARZ - Neil Balholm, 8-yard pass from Alan Risher (Denfeld kick) TB 20-14

PHILADELPHIA 31, Chicago 24 (20931) - Kelvin Bryant ran for two TDs and Chuck Fusina scored another in a 21-point fourth-quarter explosion as the Stars won their 10th game. The Blitz led 24-10 entering the final period. But Bryant scored early in the quarter on a 3-yard run. Then Chicago QB Greg Landry, who threw two TD passes earlier, fumbled twice inside the Blitz 20 to set up a TD run by Bryant and a 17-yard scamper by Fusina.

Chicago      -  7  7 10  0 — 24

Philadelphia -  3  7  0 21 — 31

1st - CHI - Lenny Willis, 24-yard pass from Greg Landry (Frank Corral kick) CHI 7-0 1st - PHIL - David Trout, 46-yard field goal CHI 7-3 2nd - PHIL - Tom Donovan, 12-yard pass from Chuck Fusina (Trout kick) PHIL 10-7 2nd - CHI - Kevin Long, 7-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 14-10 3rd - CHI - Trumaine Johnson, 9-yard pass from Greg Landry (Corral kick) CHI 21-10 3rd - CHI - Corral, 37-yard field goal CHI 24-10 4th - PHIL - Kelvin Bryant, 3-yard run (David Trout kick) CHI 24-17 4th - PHIL - Bryant, 5-yard run (Trout kick) TIED 24-24 4th - PHIL - Fusina, 17-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 31-24

MONDAY MAY 16

MICHIGAN 31, New Jersey 24 (32862) - While Herschel Walker ran for 87 yards, and caught passes for 105 more, it was Ken Lacy who  won the hearts of the Panther fans, chalking up 156 yards and a TD as Michigan came back from a 17-3 half time deficit to win its sixth straight with an explosive third quarter. John Williams also made the crowd take notice with a fine second-half performance, scoring two of the three Michigan TDs.

New Jersey - 10  7  0  7 - 24

Michigan   -  0  3 21  7 - 31

1st - NJ - Dave Jacobs, 44-yard field goal NJ 3-0 1st - NJ - Herschel Walker, 2-yard run (Jacobs kick) NJ 10-0 2nd - MICH - Novo Bojovic, 23-yard field goal NJ 10-3 2nd - NJ - Dwight Sullivan, 4-yard run (jacobs kick) NJ 17-3 3rd  - MICH - John Williams, 10-yard run (Bojovic kick) NJ 17-10 3rd - MICH - Ken Lacy, 2-yard run (Bojovic kick) TIED 17-17 3rd - MICH - Williams, 3-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICH 24-17 4th - NJ - Walker, 65-yard pass from Bobby Scott (Jacobs kick) TIED 24-24 4th - MICH - Williams, 1-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICH 31-24

OAKLAND 34, Washington 27 (25900) - Fred Besana threw four TD passes to lead Oakland and raised his season TD total to 15. He hit Wyatt Henderson twice and Gordon Banks and Jerry Aldridge once apiece. The Feds drove to the Oakland 2 in the closing minutes, were pushed back to the 7 by a damaging delay-of-game penalty, and Washington QB Mike Hohensee was stopped at the 1 as he tried to score on a QB draw play with 1:22 left.

Washington -  7 10 10  0 - 27

Oakland    -  7 20  7  0 - 34 

1st - OAK - Wyatt Henderson, 7-yard pass from Fred Besana (Kevin Shea kick) OAK 7-0 1st - WASH - Mike Holmes, 6-yard pass from Mike Hohensee (Sandro Vitiello kick) TIED 7-7 2nd - OAK - Jerry Aldridge, 1-yard run (Kick failed) OAK 13-7 2nd - WASH - Vitiello, 37-yard field goal OAK 13-10 2nd - OAK - Aldridge, 5-yard pass from Besana (Shea kick) OAK 20-10 2nd - WASH - Holmes, 80-yard pass from Hohensee (Vitiello kick) OAK 20-17 2nd - OAK -Henderson, 11-yard pass from Besana (Shea kick) OAK 27-17 3rd - OAK - Gordon Banks, 6-yard pass from Besana (Shea kick) OAK 34-17 3rd - WASH - Vitiello, 32-yard field goal OAK 34-20 3rd - WASH - Holmes, 21-yard pass from Hohensee (Vitiello kick) OAK 34-27

BOSTON 17, Denver 9 (4173) - Marcus Marek raced 85 yards with a recovered fumble for a TD midway through the first quarter, and Tony Davis scored on a one-yard burst late in the fourth period as Boston won in a game played entirely in a heavy rain. The announced attendance was 4,173 out of 8,759 tickets sold. The Gold cut the lead to 10-9 on a TD run by Harry Sydney early in the fourth, but Brian Speelman's extra-point attempt sailed wide.

Denver - 0  0  3  6 —  9

Boston - 7  3  0  7 — 17

1st - BOST - Marcus Marek, 85-yard fumble return (Tim Mazzetti kick) BOST 7-0 2nd - BOST - Mazzetti, 36-yard field goal BOST 10-0 3rd - DEN - Brian Speelman, 40-yard field goal BOST 10-3 4th - DEN - Harry Sydney, 1-yard run (Kick failed) BOST 10-9 4th - BOST - Tony Davis, 1-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOST 17-9

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

Philadelphia   10  1 0  .909 229 111 Tampa Bay        8  3 0  .727 213 202

Boston          6  5 0  .545 244 213 Chicago          7  4 0  .636 276 163

New Jersey      3  8 0  .273 188 269 Michigan         7  4 0  .636 232 210

Washington      1 10 0  .091 150 292 Birmingham       6  5 0  .545 200 144

PACIFIC DIVISION

Oakland         5  6 0  .455 210 188 Denver           4  7 0  .364 150 190

Los Angeles     5  6 0  .455 183 223 Arizona          4  7 0  .364 192 261

MAY 16 - USFL commissioner Chet Simmons announced the league's 14th franchise will begin play in San Diego next March. The majority owner of the franchise is William Tatham, a banking and real estate investor who is a minority owner of the Utah Jazz of the NBA. He owned the Portland Thunder in the defunct WFL from 1974 to 1975. Simmons said Tatham gave the fledgling league a $2.5 million check as down payment on financial arrangements for the new club.

MAY 19 - The USFL  formally awarded a Houston franchise, for $6 million, to sports agent Jerry Argovitz and a group of partners including singer Kenny Rogers. Argovitz, a dentist who has made a career of extracting money from team owners for a stable of clients including Buffalo Bills' running back Joe Cribbs, will be trying an owner's role for a change. He wants to call the team the Gamblers, after one of Rogers' hit records but the idea has stirred some controversy over the propriety of such a name for a sports team.

SATURDAY MAY 21

TAMPA BAY 29, Oakland 9 (43389) - Mike Kelley, making his first pro start, passed for 307 yards and 2 TDs to lead the Bandits. Kelley, who started at quarterback because of injuries to John Reaves and Jimmy Jordan, completed 21 of 40 passes. His touchdown passes were for 21 yards to Eric Truvillion and 16 yards to Willie Gillespie. QB Fred Besana scored the Invaders' only TD on a one-yard keeper in the fourth.

Oakland   -  3  0  0  6 —  9

Tampa Bay -  7 10  6  6 — 29

1st - TB - Eric Truvillion, 21-yard pass from Mike Kelley (Zenon Andrusyshyn kick) TB 7-0 1st - OAK - Kevin Shea, 43-yard field goal TB 7-3 2nd - TB - Andrusyshyn, 25-yard field goal TB 10-3 2nd - TB - Willie Gillespie, 16-yard pass from Kelley (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 17-3 3rd - TB - Andrusyshyn, 26-yard field goal TB 20-3 3rd - TB - Andrusyshyn, 38-yard field goal TB 23-3 4th - OAK - Fred Besana, 1-yard run (Kick failed) TB 23-9 4th - TB - Greg Boone, 12-yard run (Kick blocked) TB 29-9

SUNDAY MAY 22

CHICAGO 19, New Jersey 13 (OT) (33812) - The Blitz tied the game 13-13 with 2:58 left on a Frank Corral FG.  The score came after the Blitz recovered a fumble by Herschel Walker, who had rushed for 141 yards. Blitz QB Tim Koegal scored the winning TD at 3:53 of overtime on a fake field goal. Koegal had replaced Greg Landry after the starter suffered a broken ankle 11 seconds into the fourth quarter and will be lost for the rest of the season.

Chicago    -  0  0  7  6  6 — 19

New Jersey -  7  0  0  6  0 — 13

1st - NJ - Herschel Walker, 1-yard run (Dave Jacobs kick) NJ 7-0 3rd - CHI - Lenny Willis, 36-yard pass from Greg Landry (Frank Corral kick) TIED 7-7 4th - CHI - Corral, 20-yard field goal CHI 10-7 4th - NJ - Walker, 25-yard run (Kick failed) NJ 13-10 4th - CHI - Corral, 35-yard field goal TIED 13-13 OT - CHI - Tim Koegel, 5-yard run CHI 19-13

Los Angeles 14, DENVER 10 (32963) - Rookie John Barnett paced the Express with two TDs, including the winner on a 1-yard plunge with 3:32 left in the game. The loss spoiled the debut of Denver interim head coach Charley Armey. A number of Gold fans protested when owner Ron Blanding fired the popular Red Miller. The team sold 39,040 tickets for the game, about 8,000 fewer than usual, and there were 6,000 no-shows.

Los Angeles -  0  0  7  7 — 14

Denver      -  0  7  3  0 — 10

2nd - DEN - Harry Sydney, 31-yard pass from Alvin White (Brian Speelman kick) DEN 7-0 3rd - LA - John Barnett, 19-yard pass from Mike Rae (Vince Abbott kick) TIED 7-7 3rd - DEN - Speelman, 50-yard field goal DEN 10-7 4th - LA - Barnett, 1-yard run (Abbott kick) LA 14-10

Boston 21, WASHINGTON 14 (7303) - Johnnie Walton, who completed 27 of 46 passes for 326 yards, tossed a TD pass to Charlie Smith with 7:07 left to rally Boston over the hapless Federals, losers of eight straight. Washington led 14-7 at the half on Mike Hohensee's TD passes to Billy Taylor and Mike Holmes. Taylor turned in a 104-yard effort on the ground, the first Washington player to go over the 100-yard mark.

Boston     -  7  0  6  8 - 21

Washington -  0 14  0  0 - 14 

1st - BOST - Frank Lockett, 14-yard pass from Johnnie Walton (Tim Mazzetti kick) BOS 7-0 2nd - WASH - Billy Taylor, 46-yard pass from Mike Hohensee (Sandro Vitiello kick) TIED 7-7 2nd - WASH - Mike Holmes,34-yard pass from Hohensee (Vitiello kick) WASH 14-7 3rd - BOST - Mazzetti, 19-yard field goal WASH 14-10 3rd - BOST - Mazzetti, 27-yard field goal WASH 14-13 4th - BOST - Charlie Smith, 39-yard pass from Walton (Dennis Johnson pass from Walton) BOS 21-14

Philadelphia 24, ARIZONA 7 (18151) - Kelvin Bryant rushed for two touchdowns and 106 yards to lead Philadelphia to its eighth straight victory. Bryant leads the USFL with 14 touchdowns and ranks second in rushing with 1,229 yards. Stars QB Chuck Fusina also fired a 20-yard touchdown pass to Tom Donovan. Arizona, losing its fourth straight game, got its only TD on Calvin Murray's 2-yard run in the second quarter.

Philadelphia -  7  7 10  0 — 24

Arizona      -  0  7  0  0 —  7

1st - PHIL - Kelvin Bryant, 5-yard run (David Trout kick) PHIL 7-0 2nd - PHIL - Tom Donovan, 20-yard pass from Chuck Fusina (Trout kick) PHIL14-0 2nd - ARZ - Calvin Murray, 2-yard run (Phil Denfeld kick) PHIL 14-7 3rd - PHIL - Bryant, 1-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 21-7 3rd - PHIL - Trout, 47-yard field goal PHIL 24-7

MONDAY MAY 23

Birmingham 23, MICHIGAN 20 (OT) (20042) - Scott Norwood's 46-yard field goal at 4:32 of overtime boosted the Stallions, who almost won on a freak play at the end of regulation. Michigan's Fred Logan intercepted a pass on the Birmingham 1, rolled into the end zone and lost the ball trying to spike it. Darryl Mason fell on the ball and one official signaled a Birmingham TD, but the ball was given back to Michigan and the Panthers ran out the clock.

Birmingham -  0 17  3  0  3 — 23

Michigan   -  0  7  0 13  0 — 20

2nd - BIRM - Steve Stephens, 1-yard pass from Bob Lane (Scott Norwood kick) BIRM 7-0 2nd - BIRM - Norwood, 23-yard field goal BIRM 10-0 2nd - MICH - Anthony Carter, 81-yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Novo Bojovic kick) BIRM 10-7 2nd - BIRM - Greg Anderson, 15-yard pass from Lane (Norwood kick) BIRM 17-7 3rd - BIRM - Norwood, 25-yard field goal BIRM 20-7 4th - MICH - John Williams, 1-yard run (Bojovic kick) BIRM 20-14 4th - MICH - Williams, 1-yard run (Kick failed) TIED 20-20 OT - BIRM - Norwood, 46-yard field goal BIRM 23-20

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

Philadelphia   11  1 0  .917 253 118 Tampa Bay        9  3 0  .750 248 206

Boston          7  5 0  .583 265 227 Chicago          8  4 0  .667 295 176

New Jersey      3  9 0  .250 201 288 Michigan         7  5 0  .583 252 233

Washington      1 11 0  .083 164 313 Birmingham       7  5 0  .583 223 164

PACIFIC DIVISION

Los Angeles     6  6 0  .500 197 233 Denver           4  8 0  .333 160 204

Oakland         5  7 0  .417 219 217 Arizona          4  8 0  .333 199 285

FRIDAY MAY 27

DENVER 21, Birmingham 19 (38829) -  Fred Mortensen ran for two TDs and SS David Dumars returned an interception 78 yards for another TD to lead Denver. The victory marked the coaching debut of former Broncos QB Craig Morton and snapped a five-game losing streak for Denver. Birmingham had its five-game winning streak ended. The crowd of 38,829 was about 4,000 below Denver's season average.

Birmingham -  7  3  3  6 — 19

Denver     -  0  7 14  0 — 21

1st - BIRM - Jim Smith, 15-yard pass from Bob Lane (Scott Norwood kick) BIRM 7-0 2nd - DEN - Fred Mortensen, 3-yard run (Brian Speelman kick) TIED 7-7 2nd - BIRM - Norwood, 42-yard field goal BIRM 10-7 3rd - BIRM - Norwood, 42-yard field goal BIRM 13-7 3rd - DEN - Mortensen, 5-yard run (Speelman kick) DENVER 14-13 3rd - DEN - David Dumars, 78-yard pass interception (Speelman kick) DENVER 21-13 4th - BIRM - Daryl Mason, 3-yard pass from Lane (Pass failed) DENVER 21-19

SUNDAY MAY 29

BOSTON 21, Philadelphia 17 (15668) - The Stars saw their eight-game winning streak snapped when Frank Lockett, on fourth-and-10 at the Philadelphia 14 with four seconds to go, grabbed QB Johnnie Walton's 14-yard pass after it was deflected by Charlie Smith, the intended receiver. When much of the crowd raced onto the field to celebrate, preventing Boston from attempting the extra point, the officials awarded Boston a two-point conversion.

Philadelphia -  0 10  0  7 — 17

Boston       -  0  0  6 15 — 21

2nd - PHIL - David Trout, 35-yard field goal PHIL 3-0 2nd - PHIL - Willie Collier, 8-yard pass from Chuck Fusina (Trout kick) PHIL 10-0 3rd - BOST - Tim Mazzetti, 33-yard field goal PHIL 10-3 3rd - BOST - Mazzetti, 19-yard field goal PHIL 10-6 4th - BOST - Charlie Smith, 16-yard pass from Johnnie Walton (Mazzetti kick) BOST 13-10 4th - PHIL - Collier, 5-yard pass from Fusina (Trout kick) PHIL 17-13 4th - BOST - Frank Lockett, 14-yard pass from Walton (Walton awarded two points by officials) BOST 21-17

OAKLAND 20, Los Angeles 10 (28697) - Oakland's Raymond Chester fell on his own fumble in the end zone for a TD. Fred Besana threw a pass from the LA 38 that Chester caught at the 5. He fell and fumbled on the 2, but recovered the ball in the end zone to give Oakland a 14-7 lead in the third. Both teams tied for first in the Pacific Division. Oakland also scored on Jack Holmes' 3-yard run and two FGs by Kevin Shea.

Los Angeles -  0  7  0  3 — 10

Oakland     -  7  0  7  6 — 20

1st - OAK - Jack Holmes, 3-yard run (Kevin Shea kick) OAK 7-0 2nd - LA - Wilbert Haslip, 1-yard run (Vince Abbott kick) TIED 7-7 3rd - OAK - Raymond Chester, 38-yard pass from Fred Besana (Shea kick) OAK 14-7 4th - OAK - Shea, 27-yard field goal OAK 17-7 4th - LA - Abbott, 27-yard field goal OAK 17-10 4th - OAK - Shea, 40-yard field goal OAK 20-10

New Jersey 32, WASHINGTON 29 (11264) - New Jersey's Herschel Walker had an 83-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, the longest TD run in USFL history, and 194 yards rushing, another league mark, while QB Jeff Knapple passed for his first two TDs as a pro. But it took a 50-yard field goal by Dave Betz, signed the previous week, as time ran out for the win. Mike Hohensee passed for two TDs for the Federals, losers of nine straight.

New Jersey -  7 10  3 12 - 32

Washington -  6  3 14  6 - 29

1st  - NJ - Herschel Walker, 83-yard run (Dave Betz kick) NJ 7-0 1st - WASH - Sandro Vitiello, 42-yard field goal NJ 7-3 1st - WASH - Sandro Vitiello, 45-yard field goal NJ 7-6 2nd  - NJ - Mike Friede, 27-yard pass from Jeff Knapple (Betz kick) NJ 14-6 2nd - NJ - Betz, 28-yard field goal NJ 17-6 2nd - WASH - Vitiello, 28-yard field goal NJ 17-9 3rd  - WASH - Billy Taylor, 32-yard run (Vitiello kick) NJ 17-16 3rd - WASH - Craig James, 11-yard pass from Mike Hohensee (Vitiello kick) WASH 23-17 3rd - NJ - Betz, 45-yard field goal WASH 23-20 4th - NJ - Betz, 19-yard field goal TIED 23-23 4th  - WASH - Mike Harris, 19-yard pass from Hohensee (Kick failed) WASH 29-23 4th - NJ - Sam Bowers, 28-yard pass from Knapple (Kick failed) TIED 29-29 4th - NJ - Betz, 50-yard field goal NJ 32-29

MONDAY MAY 30

CHICAGO 36, Arizona 11 (13952) - Frank Corral kicked four FGs and Lenny Willis returned a punt 40 yards for a TD to lead the Blitz. Chicago rookie QB Tim Koegel, making his first start, hit on 12 of 29 passes for 202 yards. WR Trumaine Johnson had four receptions for 117 yards, including a 36-yarder for a TD. The Wranglers scored on their first possession when Tom Risher connected on a 21-yard pass to Neil Balholm.

Arizona -  8  0  3  0 — 11

Chicago -  3 21  7  5 — 36

1st - ARZ - Neil Balholm, 21-yard pass from Alan Risher (Harold Blue pass from Dan Manucci) ARI 8-0 1st - CHI - Frank Corral, 40-yard field goal ARI 8-3 2nd - CHI - Corral, 36-yard field goal ARI 8-6 2nd - CHI - Trumaine Johnson, 36-yard pass from Tim Koegel (Corral kick) CHI 13-8 2nd - CHI - Lenny Willis, 40-yard punt return (Corral pass from Tom Rozantz) CHI 21-8 2nd - CHI - Corral, 47-yard field goal CHI 24-8 3rd - ARZ - Phil Denfeld, 39-yard field goal CHI 24-11 3rd - CHI - Tim Spencer, 1-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 31-11 4th - CHI - Corral, 18-yard field goal CHI 34-11 4th - CHI - Safety, Manucci fumbled out of end zone CHI 36-11

MICHIGAN 43, Tampa Bay 7 (23976) - Terry Miller, acquired from Denver last week, rushed for 55 yards on 12 carries with TD runs of 5 and 10 yards to lead Michigan to a rout. Michigan's 43 points was the highest of any team in the USFL. The Panthers also got a boost from QB Bobby Hebert, who completed 13 of 23 passes for 166 yards and one TD, and a fired-up defense that forced four fumbles, blocked a punt and recorded six sacks.

Tampa Bay -  0  0  7  0 —  7

Michigan  -  7 12 21  3 — 43

1st - MICH - Mike Cobb, 27-yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Novo Bojovic kick) MICH 7-0 2nd - MICH - Terry Miller, 10-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICHIGAN 14-0 2nd - MICH - Safety, Greg Boone tackled in end zone MICH 16-0 2nd - MICH - Bojovic, 42-yard field goal MICH 19-0 3rd - MICH - Anthony Carter, 57-yard punt return (Bojovic kick) MICH 26-0 3rd - MICH - John Williams, 4-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICH 33-0 3rd - MICH - Miller, 5-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICH 40-0 3rd - TB - Eric Truvillion, 37-yard pass from Jimmy Jordan (Zenon Andrusyshyn kick) MICH 40-7 4th - MICH - Bojovic, 35-yard field goal MICH 43-7

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

Philadelphia   11  2 0  .846 270 139 Tampa Bay        9  4 0  .692 255 249

Boston          8  5 0  .615 286 244 Chicago          9  4 0  .692 331 187

New Jersey      4  9 0  .308 233 317 Michigan         8  5 0  .615 295 240

Washington      1 12 0  .077 193 345 Birmingham       7  6 0  .538 242 185

PACIFIC DIVISION

Los Angeles     6  7 0  .462 207 253 Denver           5  8 0  .385 181 223

Oakland         6  7 0  .462 239 227 Arizona          4  9 0  .308 210 321

FRIDAY JUNE 3

DENVER 24, Washington 12 (40671) - Larry Canada powered up the middle for two fourth-quarter TDs and  gained 115 yards in leading the Gold. Washington suffered its 10th straight loss. Denver converted two Federal turnovers into 10 points en route to a 17-6 advantage midway through the fourth quarter. Washington's first crucial turnover came on the game's first play, when Craig James fumbled and Denver's Greg Gerken recovered.

Washington -  0  3  3  6 - 12

Denver     -  3  7  0 14 - 24

1st - DEN - Brian Speelman, 24-yard field goal DEN 3-0 2nd - WASH - Sandro Vitiello, 24-yard field goal TIED 3-3 2nd - DEN - Harry Sydney, 3-yard run (Speelman kick) DEN 10-3 3rd - WASH - Vitiello, 21-yard field goal DEN 10-6 4th - DEN - Larry Canada, 5-yard run (Speelman kick) DEN 17-6 4th - WASH - Mike Matocha recoved blocked punt in end zone (Pass failed) DEN 17-12 4th - DEN  - Canada, 24-yard run (Speelman kick) DEN 24-12

SATURDAY JUNE 4

OAKLAND 34, New Jersey 21 (32908) - Fred Besana, leading passer in the USFL, got the best of No. 1 rusher Herschel Walker by firing three TD passes as Oakland took the Pacific Division lead. Walker took the league scoring lead, raising his season point total to 98 with two TD plunges and a 2-point conversion run. Besana completed 10 of his first 11 passes including touchdown tosses to Arthur Whittington and Raymond Chester.

New Jersey -  6  0  8  7 - 21

Oakland    -  7 13  7  7 - 34

1st - OAK - Arthur  Whittington, 8-yard pass from Fred Besana (Kevin Shea kick) OAK 7-0 1st - NJ - Herschel Walker, 2-yard run (Kick failed) OAK 7-6 2nd - OAK - Raymond Chester, 24-yard pass from Besana (Shea kick) OAK 14-6 2nd - OAK - Shea, 37-yard field goal OAK 17-6 2nd - OAK - Shea, 30-yard field goal OAK 20-6 3rd - NJ - Walker, 1-yard run (Walker run) OAK 20-14 3rd - OAK - Wyatt Henderson, 8-yard pass from Besana (Shea kick) OAK 27-14 4th - NJ - Mark Slawson, 11-yard pass from Gene Bradley (Betz kick) OAK 27-21 4th - OAK - Derrick Martin, 72-yard interception return (Shea kick) OAK 34-21

SUNDAY JUNE 5

TAMPA BAY 45, Birmingham 17 (35623) - Jimmy Jordan passed for 223 yards and four TDs and Gary Anderson had his first 100-yard rushing performance as a pro, as the Bandits scored the most points so far in the USFL. Jordan, making his first start in a month, completed 16 of 31 passes before giving way to Mike Kelley early in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay also got 146 yards and a TD from Anderson, who was playing in his fourth USFL game.

Birmingham -  3  7  0  7 — 17

Tampa Bay  -  3 21 14  7 — 45

1st - TB - Zenon Andrusyshyn, 41-yard field goal TB 3-0 1st - BIRM - Scott Norwood, 24-yard field goal TIED 3-3 1st - BIRM - Ken Talton, 1-yard run (Norwood kick) BIRM 10-3 2nd - TB - Danny Buggs, 26-yard pass from Jimmy Jordan (Andrusyshyn kick) TIED 10-10 2nd - TB - Gary Anderson, 1-yard run (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 17-10 2nd - TB - Eric Truvillion, 29-yard pass from Jordan (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 24-10 3rd - TB - Buggs, 11-yard pass from Jordan (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 31-10 3rd - TB - Willie Gillespie, 25-yard pass from Jordan (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 38-10 4th - BIRM - Talton, 2-yard run (Norwood kick) TB 38-17 4th - TB - Greg Boone, 7-yard run (Andrusyshyn kick) TB 45-17

LOS ANGELES 17, Arizona 13 (13826) - JoJo Townsell, who joined the Express last week, caught a TD pass from Tom Ramsey with 2:38 left to keep Los Angeles in a tie for the lead with Oakland in the Pacific Division. The Express defense had nine sacks. Arizona QB Alan Risher was knocked out of the game with a rib injury in the first half after completing 12 of 15 passes for 154 yards.

Arizona     -  3  0  7  3 — 13

Los Angeles -  0  7  3  7 — 17

1st - ARZ - Phil Denfeld, 25-yard field goal ARI 3-0 2nd - LA - Mike Rae, 1-yard run (Vince Abbott kick) LA 7-3 3rd - ARZ - Allan Clark, 13-yard run (Denfeld kick) ARI 10-7 3rd - LA - Abbott, 33-yard field goal TIED 10-10 4th - ARZ - Denfeld, 34-yard field goal ARI 13-10 4th - LA - JoJo Townsell, 26-yard pass from Tom Ramsey (Abbott kick) LA 17-13

PHILADELPHIA 29, Michigan 20 (19727) - Chuck Fusina threw three TD passes in the second half as the Stars moved a step closer to a playoff berth. The Stars overcame a 14-9 halftime deficit as Fusina hit Scott Fitzkee with a TD pass to give the Stars a 22-14 advantage. Michigan came back quickly as John Williams scored with 1:37 left in the third.  Fusina sealed the victory on a 5-yard toss to David Riley with 1:55 left in the game.

Michigan     -  0 14  6  0 — 20

Philadelphia -  9  0 13  7 — 29

1st - PHIL - David Trout, 38-yard field goal PHIL 3-0 1st - PHIL - Kelvin Bryant, 15-yard run (Kick failed) PHIL 9-0 2nd - MICH - Mike Cobb, pass from Bobby Hebert (Bojovic kick) PHIL 9-7 2nd - MICH - Hebert, 1-yard run (Bojovic run) MICH 14-9 3rd - PHIL - Booker Russell, 39-yard pass from Chuck Fusina (Pass failed) PHIL 15-14 3rd - PHIL - Scott Fitzkee, 5-yard pass from Fusina (Trout kick) PHIL 22-14 4th - MICH - John Williams, 53-yard pass from Hebert (Pass failed) PHIL 22-20 4th - PHIL - David Riley, 5-yard pass from Fusina (Trout kick) PHIL 29-20

MONDAY JUNE 6

BOSTON 21, Chicago 15 (15087) - The Breakers moved into enviable position for the league's wild card berth. The victory, Boston's fourth straight, improved their record to 9-5, the same as Chicago, and one game better than Michigan, the third prime contender for a wild card berth. Boston, which trailed 13-0 at one point, managed only eight first downs, 141 total yards and had to punt 11 times.

Chicago -  3 10  0  2 - 15

Boston  -  0  7  7  7 - 21

1st - CHI - Frank Corral, 33-yard field goal CHI 3-0 2nd - CHI - Trumaine Johnson, 29-yard pass from Tim Koegel (Corral kick) CHI 10-0 2nd - CHI - Corral, 29-yard field goal CHI 13-0 2nd - BOST - Johnnie Walton, 10-yard run (Tim Mazzetti kick) CHI 13-7 3rd - BOST - Richard Crump, 6-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOS 14-13 4th - BOST - Crump, 9-yard pass from Walton (Mazzetti kick) BOS 21-13 4th - CHI - Safety, Joe Restic tackled in end zone BOS 21-15

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

Philadelphia   12  2 0  .857 299 159 Tampa Bay       10  4 0  .714 300 266

Boston          9  5 0  .643 307 259 Chicago          9  5 0  .643 346 208

New Jersey      4 10 0  .286 254 351 Michigan         8  6 0  .571 315 269

Washington      1 13 0  .071 205 369 Birmingham       7  7 0  .500 259 230

PACIFIC DIVISION

Los Angeles     7  7 0  .500 224 266 Denver           6  8 0  .429 205 235

Oakland         7  7 0  .500 273 248 Arizona          4 10 0  .286 223 338

SATURDAY JUNE 11

BIRMINGHAM 31, Boston 19 (20500) - Bob Lane and Lonnie Johnson accounted for two TD each for the Stallions. Lane ran for the game's first score and Johnson scored the Stallions' final two TDs on short plunges. The attendance of 20,500 gave Birmingham an average of 22,231 for its seven home games. The loss, Boston's first after four straight victories, hurt their hopes for the wild-card spot in the playoffs.

Boston     -  7  0  0 12 — 19

Birmingham - 14  3  0 14 — 31

1st - BIRM - Bob Lane, 6-yard run (Scott Norwood kick) BIRM 7-0 1st - BIRM - Greg Anderson, 25-yard pass from Lane (Norwood kick) BIRM 14-0 1st - BOST - Louie Giammona, 16-yard pass from Johnnie Walton (Tim Mazzetti kick) BIRM 14-7 2nd - BIRM - Norwood, 26-yard field goal BIRM 17-7 4th - BIRM - Lonnie Johnson, 3-yard run (Norwood kick) BIRM 24-7 4th - BIRM - Lonnie Johnson, 2-yard run (Norwood kick) BIRM 31-7 4th - BOST - Charlie Smith, 28-yard pass from Walton (Pass failed). BIRM 31-13 4th - BOST - Smith, 11-yard pass from Doug Woodward (Pass failed) BIRM 31-19

Washington 18, ARIZONA 11 (16656) - Craig James and Billy Taylor each scored a TD and Sandro Vitiello kicked a 48-yard FG as the Federals scored all their points in the second half to snap a 10-game losing streak. Arizona lost for the seventh straight time before a small crowd. James put Washington ahead to stay on a 3-yard TD run with 9:24 left. It was set up by safety Mike Guess' 17-yard return of an interception to the Wranglers 31.

Washington -  0  0  7 11 - 18

Arizona    -  8  3  0  0 - 11 

1st - ARZ - Calvin Murray, 1-yard run (Harold Blue pass from Dan Manucci) ARI 8-0 2nd - ARZ - Phil Denfeld, 27-yard field goal ARI 11-0 3rd - WASH - Billy Taylor, 6-yard run (Sandro Vitiello kick) ARI 11-7 4th - WASH - Vitiello, 48-yard field goal ARI 11-10 4th - WASH - Craig James, 3-yard run (Taylor pass from Kim McQuilken) WASH 18-11

SUNDAY JUNE 12

CHICAGO 31, Tampa Bay 8 (21249) - Tim Koegel threw three TD passes to help Chicago tie Tampa Bay for first place in the Central in 86-degree temperatures and 129-degree field conditions. Kevin Long took a 6-yard pass for one score and Tim Spencer caught two for 43 and 2 yards and rushed three yards for another TD. Tampa Bay's only score came on a 23-yard TD pass from backup quarterback Mike Kelley to Willie Gillespie.

Tampa Bay -  0  0  8  0 —  8

Chicago   - 14  7  3  7 — 31

1st - CHI - Kevin Long, 6-yard pass from Tim Koegel (Frank Corral kick) CHI 7-0 1st - CHI - Tim Spencer, 43-yard pass from Koegel (Corral kick) CHI 14-0 2nd - CHI - Spencer, 3-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 21-0 3rd - CHI - Corral, 48-yard field goal CHI 24-0 3rd - TB - Willie Gillespie, 23-yard pass from Mike Kelley (Greg Boone run) CHI 24-8 4th - CHI - Spencer, 2-yard pass from Koegel (Corral kick) CHI 31-8

Michigan 42, LOS ANGELES 17 (16023) - Playing with a cracked rib, Bobby Hebert passed for four Michigan TDs and completed 16 of 25 passes for 147 yards in an aerial duel with Tom Ramsay, who set a club-passing record with 281 yards. The Express QB also threw a pair of TD passes while completing 23 of 35 passes. The game drew 16,023 and there were 7,131 no-shows at the Coliseum.

Michigan    - 21  0  7 14 — 42

Los Angeles -  6 11  0  0 — 17

1st - MICH - Ken Lacy, 31-yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Novo Bojovic kick) MICH 7-0 1st - MICH - Derek Holloway, 52-yard pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH 14-0 1st - LA - JoJo Townsell, 82-yard pass from Tom Ramsey (Kick failed) MICH 14-6 1st - MICH - Terry Miller, 14-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICH 21-6 2nd - LA - Anthony Allen, 29-yard pass from Ramsey (John Barnett run) MICH 21-14 2nd - LA - Vince Abbott, 27-yard field goal MICH 21-17 3rd - MICH - Anthony Carter, 16-yard pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH 28-17 4th - MICH - Ray Pinney, 2-yard pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH 35-17 4th - MICH - John Corker, 85-yard fumble return (Bojovic kick) MICH 42-17

Philadelphia 23, NEW JERSEY 9 (32521) - The Stars, who scored on five straight possessions, got TD runs by Allen Harvin and Kelvin Bryant and FGs by David Trout to clinch the Atlantic Division title. Herschel Walker carried the ball 25 times against the league's best defense against the run in the 90-degree heat as New Jersey took a 9-0 lead. Bryant was held to a season-low 24 rushing yards.

Philadelphia -   0  3 17  3 - 23

New Jersey    -  9  0  0  0 -  9

1st  - NJ - Safety, Kelvin Bryant tackled in end zone NJ 2-0 1st - NJ - Walter Tullis, 11-yard run (Dave Betz kick) NJ 8-0 2nd - PHIL - David Trout, 25-yard field goal NJ 8-3 3rd  - PHIL - Bryant, 1-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 10-8 3rd - PHIL - Trout, 39-yard field goal PHIL 13-8 3rd - PHIL - Allen Harvin, 7-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 20-8 4th - PHIL - Trout, 49-yard field goal PHIL 23-8

MONDAY JUNE 13

OAKLAND 16, Denver 10 (26840) - Kevin Shea booted a team-record three FGs and Jerry Aldridge sprinted down the sidelines 80 yards for a TD to lead the Invaders.  With a little over two minutes to go, Denver drove from its own 23 to the Oakland five, but halfback Harry Sydney fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Dupre Marshall. The Invaders then killed the clock to score their eighth victory and take a one-game lead over Los Angeles.

Denver    -  0  3  0  7 — 10

Oakland   -  0 13  3  0 — 16

2nd - OAK - Jerry Aldridge, 80-yard pass from Fred Besana (Kevin Shea kick) OAK 7-0 2nd - DEN - Brian Speelman, 48-yard field goal OAK 7-3 2nd - OAK - Shea, 28-yard field goal OAK 10-3 2nd - OAK - Shea, 27-yard field goal OAK 13-3 3rd - OAK - Shea, 43-yard field goal OAK 16-3 4th - DEN - Johnnie Dirden, 16-yard pass from Craig Penrose (Speelman kick) OAK 16-10

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

X-Philadelphia 13  2 0  .867 322 168 Tampa Bay       10  5 0  .667 308 297

Boston          9  6 0  .600 326 290 Chicago         10  5 0  .667 377 216

New Jersey      4 11 0  .267 263 374 Michigan         9  6 0  .600 357 286

Washington      2 13 0  .133 223 380 Birmingham       8  7 0  .533 290 249

PACIFIC DIVISION

Oakland         8  7 0  .533 289 258 Denver           6  9 0  .400 215 251

Los Angeles     7  8 0  .467 241 308 Arizona          4 11 0  .267 234 356

X-Clinched Division Title

JUN 14 - Jacksonville will get its first big league football team when it becomes the home for a new USFL franchise, the second USFL team in Florida, league and team officials have announced. Commissioner Chet Simmons was on hand at the Gator Bowl, leased to businessman Fred Bullard as the home of the team. He said the USFL needs a mix of the top 15 markets and smaller cities such as Jacksonville. Jacksonville is the fourth expansion franchise of the fledgling league, following Houston, Pittsburgh and San Diego. It is the 16th USFL team. San Antonio and Minneapolis are franchise considerations. The USFL's San Diego franchise owners say they are looking for a new home, said Bill Tatham Jr. after City Council, by a 5-3 vote, denied the team a lease at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. Tatham indicated that the franchise could be moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

FRIDAY JUNE 17

DENVER 32, Arizona 6 (42621) - Craig Penrose fired three TD passes and Vincent White rushed for a team-record 159 yards to lead Denver. The Gold jumped to a 15-0 halftime lead and extended the margin to 25-0 after three quarters before Arizona finally scored early in the fourth on a TD pass from Dan Manucci. White, whose best rushing performance as a collegian at Stanford was 112 yards, broke loose for gains of 29, 25, 18 and 24 yards.

Arizona -  0  0  0  6 -  6

Denver  -  7  8 10  7 - 32

1st - DEN - Johnnie Dirden, 75-yard pass from Craig Penrose (Brian Speelman kick) DEN 7-0 2nd - DEN - Bob Niziolek, 12-yard pass from Fred Mortensen (Bo Matthews pass from Mortensen) DEN 15-0 3rd - DEN - Darryl Goosby, 3-yard pass from Penrose (Speelman kick) DEN 22-0 3rd - DEN - Speelman, 33-yard field goal DEN 25-0 4th - ARZ - Mark Keel, 9-yard pass from Dan Manucci (Pass failed) DEN 25-6 4th - DEN - Victor James, 7-yard pass from Penrose (Speelman kick) DEN 32-6

NEW JERSEY 20, Los Angeles 13 (31807) - Herschel Walker scored on an 11-yard run while increasing his league-leading rushing total to 1,705 yards and the league's worst defense had four interceptions, four sacks and two fumble recoveries in New Jersey's win. Sam Sopp had two interceptions for New Jersey, including one in the end zone that ended a Los Angeles drive that reached the 8-yard line with 6:32 left to play.

Los Angeles -  0 10  3  0 - 13

New Jersey  -  7 10  0  3 - 20

1st  - NJ - Dwight Sullivan, 3-yard run (John Roveto kick) NJ 7-0 2nd - LA - LaRue Harrington, 1-yard run (Vince Abbott kick) TIED 7-7 2nd - NJ - Herschel Walker, 11-yard run (Roveto kick) NJ 14-7 2nd - NJ - Roveto, 34-yard field goal NJ 17-7 2nd - LA - Abbott, 22-yard field goal NJ 17-10 3rd - LA - Abbott, 34-yard field goal NJ 17-13 4th - NJ - Roveto, 46-yard field goal NJ 20-13

Chicago 29, BIRMINGHAM 14 (22500) - A change of uniforms didn't work at all for the Stallions, but a change of scene did for Bobby Scott. Thinking his players would be cooler by wearing white instead of the traditional home red in the rainy, 75-degree weather, Birmingham Coach Rollie Dotsch had them switch uniforms, but the plan backfired when Scott, acquired from the Generals earlier this season, hit Trumaine Johnson for three TDs.

Chicago    -  0 12  3 14 — 29

Birmingham -  0 14  0  0 — 14

2nd - CHI - Trumaine Johnson, 12-yard pass from Bobby Scott (Kick failed) CHI 6-0 2nd - BIRM - Scott Norwood, 33-yard field goal CHI 6-3 2nd - BIRM - Safety, Eddie Brown tackled in end zone CHI 6-5 2nd - BIRM - Darryl Mason, 20-yard pass from Bob Lane (Run failed) BIRM 11-6 2nd - CHI - Johnson, 19-yard pass from Scott (Pass failed) CHI 12-11 2nd - BIRM - Norwood, 32-yard field goal BIRM 14-12 3rd - CHI - Frank Corral, 30-yard field goal CHI 15-14 4th - CHI - Johnson, 10-yard pass from Scott (Corral kick) CHI 22-14 4th - CHI - Mack Boatner, 15-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 29-14

SUNDAY JUNE 19

BOSTON 24, Tampa Bay 17 (15530) - Johnnie Walton was sidelined with a strained left knee, so inexperienced Doug Woodward got his first start and directed Boston to the win. The Breakers led 7-0 less than two minutes into the game and 14-3 after the first quarter as  Woodward completed 12 of 17 passes for two TDs but only 80 yards Both teams are 10-6. The Bandits held a 355-222 advantage in yards and ran 73 plays to Boston's 46.

Tampa Bay -  3 11  0  3 — 17

Boston    - 14  3  0  7 — 24

1st - BOST - Dennis Johnson, 11-yard pass from Doug Woodward (Tim Mazzetti kick) BOS 7-0 1st - TB - Zenon Andrusyshyn, 35-yard field goal BOS 7-3 1st - BOST - Johnson, 2-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOS 14-3 2nd - TB - Sam Platt, 20-yard run (Eric Truvillion pass from Mike Kelley) BOS 14-11 2nd - BOST - Mazzetti, 22-yard field goal BOS 17-11 2nd - TB - Andrusyshyn, 51-yard field goal BOS 17-14 4th - BOST - Nolan Franz, 7-yard pass from Woodward (Mazzetti kick) BOS 24-14 4th - TB - Andrusyshyn, 35-yard field goal BOS 24-17

MONDAY JUNE 20

PHILADELPHIA 12, Oakland 6 (16933) - David Trout booted four FGs, set up by three Oakland fumbles and an interception, as the Stars won a rain-soaked game. Oakland lost a chance to clinch the Pacific Division title. Trout kicked a 23-yarder with 9:52 left to break a 6-6 tie after tackle John Alford recovered a fumble on the Oakland 24. An interception by Stars linebacker Sam Mills three minutes later set up the final FG with 1:43 left.

Oakland      -  0  3  3  0 -  6

Philadelphia -  3  3  0  6 - 12

1st - PHIL - David Trout, 34-yard field goal PHILA 3-0 2nd - OAK - Kevin Shea, 24-yard field goal TIED 3-3 2nd - PHIL - Trout, 28-yard field goal PHIL 6-3 3rd - OAK - Shea, 47-yard field goal TIED 6-6 4th - PHIL - Trout, 23-yard field goal PHIL 9-6 4th - PHIL - Trout, 30-yard field goal PHIL 12-6

MICHIGAN 27, Washington 25 (26418) - Novo Bojovic kicked his second FG of the game with 52 seconds left to keep Michigan in the playoff hunt. Bojovic, who earlier missed a 27-yard attempt, connected from 18 yards out to cap a 53-yard drive. Michigan led 17-9 at halftime, but Washington bounced back on Billy Taylor's 1-yard run and a 40-yard field goal bv Sandro Vitiello to take a 25-24 lead with 9:38 left in the game.

Washington -  0  9 13  3 - 25

Michigan   -  7 10  7  3 - 27

1st - MICH - Anthony Carter, 37-yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Novo Bojovic kick) MICH 7-0 2nd - MICH - Bojovic, 19-yard field goal MICH 10-0 2nd - WASH - Billy Taylor, 4-yard pass from Kim McQuilken (Kick failed) MICH 10-6 2nd - MICH - John Williams, 1-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICH 17-6 2nd - WASH - Sandro Vitiello, 51-yard field goal MICH 17-9 3rd - WASH - Doug Greene, 35-yard interception return (Run failed) MICH 17-15 3rd - MICH - Ken Lacy, 1-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICH 24-15 3rd - WASH - Taylor, 1-yard run (Vitiello kick) MICH 24-22 4th - WASH - Vitiello, 45-yard field goal WASH 25-22 4th - MICH - Bojovic, 18-yard field goal MICH 27-25

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

X-Philadelphia 14  2 0  .875 334 174 Chicago         11  5 0  .688 306 230

Boston         10  6 0  .625 350 307 Michigan        10  6 0  .625 384 311

New Jersey      5 11 0  .313 283 387 Tampa Bay       10  6 0  .625 325 321

Washington      2 14 0  .125 248 407 Birmingham       8  8 0  .500 304 278

PACIFIC DIVISION

Oakland         8  8 0  .500 295 270 Denver           7  9 0  .438 247 257

Los Angeles     7  9 0  .438 254 328 Arizona          4 12 0  .250 240 388

X-Clinched Division Title

SATURDAY JUNE 25

NEW JERSEY 21, Arizona 14 (30612) - TE Sam Bowers snared eight passes for 139 yards and Thomas Lott, playing because Herschel Walker had blurred vision, ran for 110 yards and a TD to lead the Generals in their home finale. Walker returned early in the fourth to score his 18th TD of the season. New Jersey won two straight games for the first time this season, while Arizona lost its ninth straight to fall to 4-13.

Arizona    -  0  7  0  7 - 14

New Jersey -  7  7  0  7 - 21

1st - NJ - Thomas Lott, 3-yard run (John Roveto kick) NJ 7-0 2nd  - NJ - Dwight Sullivan, 20-yard run (Roveto kick) NJ 14-0 2nd - ARZ - Calvin Murray, 1-yard run (Phil Denfeld kick) NJ 14-7 4th  - NJ - Herschel Walker, 1-yard run (Roveto kick) NJ 21-7 4th - ARZ - Darryl Clark, 1-yard run (Denfeld kick) NJ 21-14

OAKLAND 17, Boston 16 (30396) - Fred Besana passed for 227 yards and a TD as the Invaders capitalized on Boston blunders to clinch the Pacific Division title. Boston, which got 122 yards rushing from Richard Crump, crumbled from its own mistakes in the third period. The Invaders recovered a fumble on their own 48 and drove down the field and took the lead on a Ted Torosian TD run. Boston later had a TD nullified by a holding penalty.

Boston  -  0 10  3  3 - 16

Oakland -  7  3  0  7 - 17

1st - OAK -  Louis Jackson, 8-yard pass from Fred Besana (Kevin Shea kick) OAK 7-0 2nd - BOST - Tim Mazzetti, 35-yard field goal OAK 7-3 2nd - BOST - Ben Needham, 75-yard return of blocked field goal (Mazzetti kick) BOS 10-7 2nd - OAK - Shea, 22-yard field goal TIED 10-10 3rd - BOST - Mazzetti, 20-yard field goal BOS 13-10 4th - OAK - Ted Torosian, 1-yard run (Shea kick) OAK 17-13 4th - BOST - Mazzetti, 24-yard field goal OAK 17-16

SUNDAY JUNE 26

PHILADELPHIA 31, Birmingham 10 (17973) - Allen Harvin ran for TDs of 1 and 19 yards and set up a score by Kelvin Bryant with a 44-yard option pass as Philadelphia built a 24-0 cushion and hung on to improve their league-leading record to 15-2. The Stars, who clinched the Atlantic Division title two weeks ago, played to a crowd of 15,585 at Veterans Stadium. David Trout booted his eighth straight FG, a 31-yarder, to put the Stars up 17-0.

Birmingham   -  0  3  0  7 — 10

Philadelphia - 14 10  0  7 — 31

1st - PHIL - Booker Russell, 7-yard run (David Trout kick) PHIL 7-0 1st - PHIL - Allen Harvin, 19-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 14-0 2nd - PHIL - Trout, 31-yard field goal PHIL 17-0 2nd - PHIL - Kelvin Bryant, 2-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 24-0 2nd - BIRM - Scott Norwood, 34-yard field goal PHIL 24-3 4th - PHIL - Harvin, 1-yard run (Trout kick) PHIL 31-3 4th - BIRM - Greg Anderson, 18-yard pass from Bob Lane (Norwood kick) PHIL 31-10

WASHINGTON 28, Los Angeles 21 (9782) - Craig James, benched early in the game after his seventh fumble of the season, came back to score two TDs to pace Washington to only its third victory. James scored the winning TD with 6:28 to play before 9,792 at RFK Stadium. There were 12,160 no shows. After the benching, James returned to match his high for the season, gaming 90 yards rushing on 14 attempts.

Los Angeles -  7  7  0  7 — 21

Washington  -  0  7 14  7 — 28

1st - LA - John Barnett, 1-yard run (Vince Abbott kick) LA 7-0 2nd - LA - Tom Ramsey, 1-yard run (Abbott kick) LA 14-0 2nd - WASH - Billy Taylor, 2-yard run (Sandro Vitiello kick) LA 14-7 3rd - WASH - Craig James, 5-yard run (Vitiello kick) TIED 14-14 3rd - WASH  - Mike Harris, 32-yard pass from Kim McQuilken (Vitiello kick) WASH 21-14 4th - LA - Tony Boddie, 6-yard run (Abbott kick) TIED 21-21 4th - WASH - James, 18-yard run (Vitiello kick) WASH 28-21

Michigan 34, CHICAGO 19 (25041) - Five of Bobby Hebert's passes fell into the arms of Anthony Carter, Derek Holloway and Ken Lacy as Hebert set a USFL record for TD passes in a game and increased his league lead  to 26. Hebert defied the heat in Soldier Field, where the temperatures reached 99 degrees in the stands and zoomed to an estimated 134 degrees on the turf, to pull Michigan into a tie with Chicago for the division lead.

Michigan -  7 14  6  7 — 34

Chicago  -  0  3  0 16 — 19

1st - MICH - Ken Lacy, 39-yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Novo Bojovic kick) MICH 7-0 2nd - MICH - Anthony Carter, 35-yard pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH 14-0 2nd - CHI - Frank Corral, 34-yard field goal MICH 14-3 2nd - MICH - Derek Holloway, 42-yard pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH 21-3 3rd - MICH - Holloway, 15-yard pass from Hebert (Kick failed) MICH 27-3 4th - CHI - Kevin Long, 4-yard run (Pass failed) MICH 27-9 4th - CHI - Corral, 40-yard field goal MICH 27-12 4th - CHI - Trumaine Johnson, 9-yard pass from Bobby Scott (Corral kick) MICH 27-19 4th - MICH - Carter, 32-yard pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH 34-19

MONDAY JUNE 27

TAMPA BAY 26, Denver 23 (46128) - Eric Truvillion, who leads the USFL in TD receptions, ran his total to 14 with a 44-yard catch from Jimmy Jordan and gave the Bandits a come-from-behind win, forcing a three-way tie for the Central Division lead. Truvillion's winning TD came on the second play after the game was resumed following a 50-minute delay because a severe thunderstorm. The teams went to their locker rooms with 8:31 left to play.

Denver    -  0 16  0  7 - 23

Tampa Bay - 15  0  0 11 - 26

1st - TB - Fred Nordgren, 23-yard interception return (Mike Goedeker run) TB 8-0 1st - TB - Gary Anderson, 2-yard run (Zenon Andrusyshyn kick) TB 15-0 2nd - DEN - Bob Niziolek, 2-yard pass from Craig Penrose (Brian Speelman kick) TB 15-7 2nd - DEN - Harry Sydney, 1-yard run (Pass failed) TB 15-13 2nd - DEN - Speelman, 41-yard field goal DEN 16-15 3rd - DEN - Sydney, 2-yard run (Speelman kick) DEN 23-16 4th - TB - Andrusyshyn, 47-yard field goal DEN 23-19 4th - TB - Eric Truvillion, 44-yard pass from Jimmy Jordan (Greg Boone run) TB 26-23

ATLANTIC DIVISION                    CENTRAL DIVISION

X-Philadelphia 15  2 0  .882 365 184 Michigan        11  6 0  .647 418 330

Boston         10  7 0  .588 356 334 Chicago         11  6 0  .647 325 264

New Jersey      6 11 0  .353 314 393 Tampa Bay       11  6 0  .647 351 344

Washington      3 14 0  .176 276 428 Birmingham       8  9 0  .471 314 309

PACIFIC DIVISION

X-Oakland       9  8 0  .529 312 286 Denver           7 10 0  .412 270 283

Los Angeles     7 10 0  .412 275 356 Arizona          4 13 0  .235 254 409

X-Clinched Division Title

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) CHI 7-0 1st - CHI - Corral, 52-yard field goal CHI 10-0 3rd - CHI - Don Schwartz, 45-yard interception return (Corral kick) CHI 17-0 3rd - CHI - Eddie Brown, 34-yard interception return (Corral kick) CHI 24-0 4th - OAK - Ted Torosian, 2-yard run (Kevin Shea kick) CHI 24-7 4th - CHI - Walter Easley, 1-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 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 NJ 3-0 1st - BOST - Beau Coash, 10-yard pass from Johnnie Walton (Tim Mazzetti kick) BOS 7-3 2nd - BOST - Richard Crump, 20-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOS 14-3 2nd - BOST - Mazzetti, 35-yard field goal BOS 17-3 2nd - BOST - Anthony Steels, 1-yard run (Mazzetti kick) BOS 24-3 3rd - BOST - Mazzetti, 44-yard field goal BOS 27-3 4th - BOST - Charlie Smith, 58-yard pass from Walton (Mazzetti kick) BOS 34-3 4th - NJ - Vicky Ray Anderson, 4-yard pass from Jeff Knapple (Roveto kick) BOS 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) LA 7-0 1st - LA - Tony Boddie, 1-yard run (Abbott kick) LA 14-0 2nd - LA - Anthony Allen, 9-yard pass from Rae (Abbott kick) LA 21-0 4th - DEN - Fred Mortensen, 4-yard run (Brian Speelman kick) LA 21-7 4th - DEN - Victor James, 4-yard pass from Mortensen (Speelman kick) LA 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

PACIFIC DIVISION

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

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JUL 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. 

JUL 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.

SEMI-FINALS

Sat July 9 - PHILADELPHIA (15-3) 44, Chicago (12-6) 38 (OT) (15,684) - The Stars had come from behind before, but never so dramatically. Philadelphia overcame four first-half turnovers with three Chuck Fusina TD passes in the last nine minutes to tie the Blitz 38-38, then went on to win in OT. Kelvin Bryant rushed for 142 yards and two TDs, including the game winner 7:02 into the overtime. The Blitz took a 21-7 halftime lead after intercepting Fusina three times and recovering his fumble in the second quarter. They led 38-17 with 12:04 left in the game.

Chicago      -  7 14 10  7  0 — 38

Philadelphia -  0 14  0 24  6 — 44

1st - CHI - Kevin Long, 1-yard run (Frank Corral kick) CHI 7-0 2nd - CHI - Bobby Scott, 3-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 14-0 2nd - PHIL - Kelvin Bryant, 10-yard run (David Trout kick) CHI 14-7 2nd - CHI  - Trumaine Johnson, 12-yard pass from Scott (Corral kick) CHI 21-7 2nd - PHIL - Chuck Fusina, 12-yard pass from Allen Harvin (Trout kick) CHI 21-14 3rd - CHI - Mack Boatner, 12-yard pass from Scott (Corral kick) CHI 28-14 3rd - CHI - Corral, 32-yard field goal CHI 31-14 4th - PHIL - Trout, 42-yard field goal CHI 31-17 4th - CHI - Tim Spencer, 1-yard run (Corral kick) CHI 38-17 4th - PHIL - Scott Fitzkee, 17-yard pass from Fusina (Trout kick) CHI 38-24 4th - PHIL - Jeff Rodenberger, 2-yard pass from Fusina (Trout kick) CHI 38-31 4th - PHIL - Tom Donovan, 11-yard pass from Fusina (Trout kick) TIED 38-38 OT - PHIL - Bryant, 1-yard run PHIL 44-38

Sun July 10 - MICHIGAN (12-6) 37, Oakland (9-9) 21 (60,237) - Bobby Hebert passed for one TD and ran for another to lead the Panthers to the championship game. The Panthers have now won 12 of their past 14 games. With 25 seconds to play, after Oakland got its final TD, thousands of fans swarmed onto the field and tore down both goalposts, and minutes later USFL officials ruled the game complete at 14:35. The Panthers, who averaged 22,251 during the season, drew a USFL-record 60,237, thanks to reduced ticket prices and free parking.

Oakland  -  7  0  7  7 — 21

Michigan -  0 17 14  6 — 37

1st - OAK - Fred Besana, 1-yard run (Kevin Shea kick) OAK 7-0 2nd - MICH - John Williams, 5-yard run (Novo Bojovic kick) TIED 7-7 2nd - MICH - Bojovic, 38-yard field goal MICH 10-7 2nd - MICH - Anthony Carter, 3-yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH 17-7 3rd - OAK - David Shaw, 19-yard interception return (Shea kick) MICH 17-14 3rd - MICH - Hebert, 1-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICH 24-14 3rd - MICH - Ken Lacy, 18-yard run (Bojovic kick) MICH 31-14 4th - MICH - Terry Miller, 3-yard run (Kick failed) MICH 37-14 4th - OAK - Marc Lewis, 5-yard pass from Besana (Shea kick) MICH 37-21

JUL 11 - After two months of hemming, hawing and backpedaling, it's official. San Antonio has been awarded the fifth USFL expansion franchise team, which will start play in 1984. South Texas rancher Clinton Manges put up $6 million to become the principal owner of the as-yet-unnamed team, which will play its games in an as-yet unmodified Alamo Stadium under an as-yet unnamed coach.

 

1983 USFL CHAMPIONSHIP (July 17 at Denver)

MICHIGAN PANTHERS (13-6) 24, PHILADELPHIA STARS (16-3) 22 (46,535) - Anthony Carter and Derek Holloway are big enough to be enough for Bobby Hebert and definitely big enough for the Michigan Panthers, who got big plays and big days from their little guys to win the first USFL championship. Hebert found them 12 times and was named the game's MVP with his 314-yard passing night, giving the Detroit area its first pro football championship since the Detroit Lions copped the NFL title in 1957. The majority of the 46,535 who came out to 75,000-seat Mile High Stadium were rooting for Michigan. With six seconds to play, moments before Philadelphia's Chuck Fusina hit Rodney Parker with a two-yard touchdown that made the final score close, thousands of boisterous Michigan fans surged onto the field. Some 50 police officers were forced to use chemicals, clubs and dogs to control the crowd, which bent one goal post. A dozen persons were arrested, with police estimating half from Michigan. Carter caught a career-best nine passes for 179 yards while Holloway grabbed three for 39. Hebert threw 39 times, completing 20. Carter delivered the touchdown that gave Michigan a 24-14 lead with 3:01 to play. Stars QB Chuck Fusina, who had only seven completions in his first 22 passes yet wound up 25-for-47 for 192 yards, got hot in the fourth quarter and almost brought his team back.

MICHIGAN     -  3  7  7  7 — 24

PHILADELPHIA -  0  3  0 19 — 22

1st - MICH - Novo Bojovic, 33-yard field goal MICH 3-0 2nd - PHIL - David Trout, 30-yard field goal TIED 3-3 2nd - MICH - Derek Holloway, 12-yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH 10-3 3rd - MICH - Holloway, 14-yard pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH 17-3 4th - PHIL - Trout, 28-yard field goal MICH 17-6 4th - PHIL - Willie Collier, 21-yard pass from Chuck Fusina (Collier pass from Fusina) MICH 17-14 4th - MICH - Anthony Carter, 48-yard pass from Hebert (Bojovic kick) MICH24-14 4th - PHIL - Rodney Parker, 2-yard pass from Fusina (Scott Fitzkee pass from Fusina) MICH 24-22

JUL 17 - The USFL awarded its sixth expansion franchise to Memphis, boosting the league's membership for the 1984 season to 18 teams. The franchise was awarded to Logan Young of Memphis and the new team will play in the 50,000-seat Liberty Bowl.  The last time Memphis had professional football was in 1974-75, when the Southmen of the World Football League played in the Liberty Bowl, averaging 25,000 fans. Memphis joins Pittsburgh, Houston, Tulsa, Jacksonville and San Antonio as new teams that will begin USFL operations in 1984.

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