Rookie Kelvin Bryant rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown yesterday and the Philadelphia defense forced seven New Jersey turnovers on its first eight possessions to lead the Stars to a 25-0 victory over the visiting Generals.
The Stars (2-0) converted a fumble and two interceptions into their first 15 points of the game--an eight-yard touchdown pass from Chuck Fusina to Scott Fitzkee, a two-yard scoring run by Bryant in the second quarter and a 26-yard field goal by David Trout in the third quarter. Trout kicked a 31-yard field goal early in the fourth period and Fusina closed out the scoring on a one-yard sneak.
The Stars, who held 1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker to 60 yards in 13 carries for the Generals, drew a crowd of 38,205 for their USFL debut at Veterans Stadium.
Bryant, the Stars' prime territorial pick out of North Carolina, carried 24 times in outgaining Walker. Walker fumbled twice.
New Jersey Coach Chuck Fairbanks called his team's performance "very inept," and said it was a miracle the Stars didn't score more points.
"I'd like to have Walker play a normal kind of game," Fairbanks said. "The turnovers destroyed the continuity of the game. He hasn't had enough time with our team to let his natural talent come through."
The Stars' defense, which forced five turnovers in last week's debut against Denver, got four on the Generals' first four possessions of the game.
Philadelphia took possession on its own 32 following an interception by rookie Antonio Gibson off New Jersey quarterback Bobby Scott. Fusina passed 20 yards to Steve Folsom and 16 to Fitzkee on the drive. On the ninth play, Fusina rolled to his right and found Fitzkee in a corner of the end zone.