Cliff Stoudt threw two touchdown passes to Jim Smith and Birmingham's defense made several big plays as the Stallions defeated the Baltimore Stars, 14-7, today.
Stoudt threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Smith in the second quarter, then combined with him on a five-yard scoring play in the fourth quarter.
Birmingham's record is 12-4, best in the U.S. Football League's Eastern Conference. The defending league champion Stars (8-7-1) scored on a fourth-and-goal, two-yard pass from Chuck Fusina to Scott Fitzkee with 1:26 left.
Baltimore had several earlier scoring chances, but Dave Trout missed on field goal attempts of 50, 51 and 50 yards. Birmingham's defense came up with two turnovers to stop Stars scoring opportunities.
"We played hard but not good enough," Stars Coach Jim Mora said. "We didn't take advantage of our opportunities."
Chuck Clanton ended a Stars threat with less than a minute left in the first half by intercepting Fusina in the end zone on second and goal from the seven. It was Clanton's 15th interception of the season, a USFL record.
Baltimore's Kelvin Bryant gained 39 yards, giving him 1,012 yards for the year. Fusina completed 23 of 39 passes for 244 yards but was sacked five times for 47 yards.