Stallions 29, Gamblers 27
HOUSTON (AP) _ Birmingham’s Danny Miller kicked field goals of 47, 43 and 20 yards, and quarterback Cliff Stoudt dove one yard for a fourth quarter touchdown to rally the Stallions to a 29-27 United States Football League victory over the Houston Gamblers.
The Stallions, 11-4, clinched at least a wild card playoff berth with the victory. The Gamblers dropped to a 9-6 record.
Miller’s kicks and Stoudt’s late touchdown nullified an eight-yard touchdown scramble by quarterback Todd Dillon, subbing for injured Jim Kelly, with 1:02 to play.
Miller’s 20-yard field goal came after Houston’s Durwood Roquemore had intercepted a pass by Stoudt in the end zone. But Houston’s Adrian Simpson was called for holding on the play and the drive continued.
After Millers’ boot, Stoudt capitalized on Bill Roe’s interception with a one-yard keeper with 5:51 to play. Birmingham also was aided on the drive by a personal foul against defensive tackle Hosea Taylor on fourth down.
Dillon got the Gamblers on the scoreboard one minute deep into the game when he hit Sam Harrell with a 23-yard touchdown pass on the second play after Paul Caruth fumbled the opening kickoff and Ladell Wills recovered at the Stallions 16.
The Gamblers took a 21-20 halftime lead on Dillon’s touchdown passes of 23 yards to Harrell and 36-yards to Richard Johnson and Harrell’s 6-yard run.
The Stallions started their scoring in spectacular fashion with a 12-yard pass from Stoudt to Darryl Mason, who then lateralled to Joey Jones, who ran 11 yards for the touchdown.
Caruth added a 6-yard touchdown run.