Quarterback Chuck Fusina ran 17 yards on a bootleg play for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:46 remaining yesterday to cap Philadelphia's 21-point fourth quarter and give the Stars a 31-24 victory over the Chicago Blitz.
The Stars, who won their seventh straight game to bring their record to 10-1, the best in the USFL, trailed, 24-10, at the end of three quarters before getting to the Blitz (7-4) for three touchdowns in a span of 7:46. Chicago turned the ball over three times in the last period, much of which was played in a driving rain, and two of the mistakes led to Philadelphia scores.
Kelvin Bryant, who gained 98 yards on 23 carries, tied the game with touchdown runs of three and five yards. The latter score, which came with 7:06 left, came four plays after linebacker Jon Brooks recovered a Blitz fumble at the Chicago 16.
On the Blitz's next possession, quarterback Greg Landry fumbled a snap from center and linebacker Sam Mills recovered for the Stars at the Chicago 19. After a Bryant run gained two yards, Fusina faked to Bryant running left and had the entire right side to himself, outracing two Chicago defenders to the end zone. Fusina ended up the game's second-leading rusher, gaining 87 yards on 12 carries.