USFL Playoffs : Miller Kicks 5 Field Goals in Birmingham Win

United Press International

Danny Miller kicked five field goals Saturday, including a 35-yarder with 1:56 left in the game, to lift the Birmingham Stallions to a 22-20 U.S. Football League playoff victory over the Houston Gamblers.

Toni Fritsch missed a 49-yard field-goal attempt with five seconds left for Houston.

Miller’s five field goals tied his single-game playoff record, and his 57-yarder in the third quarter tied a playoff mark for distance. He was also successful from 41, 39 and 26 yards.

Birmingham (14-5) retained the home-field advantage and moved into the semifinals next weekend. Houston ended its season at 10-9.


Houston quarterback Jim Kelly, back from the knee injury that kept him out of the last four games, completed 23 of 40 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns in the losing effort.

Fritsch had two field goals, including a 46-yarder that put Houston up, 20-19, with nine minutes left.

After an exchange of punts, Miller capped a six-play, 29-yard drive with his 35-yard kick.

Birmingham quarterback Cliff Stoudt completed 13 of 26 passes for 156 yards.


In today’s games, Tampa Bay is at Oakland, and Denver is at Memphis. Monday night, Baltimore plays at New Jersey.