Week 5 in the USFL was nothing short of thrilling. The Pittsburgh Maulers have gotten their first win of the season, the Stallions remain undefeated, and the Generals are on a four-game winning streak.
A change in the game plan was needed if the Maulers wanted to get their first win of the USFL season, and it turned out a new quarterback was the answer. Newly signed quarterback, Vad Lee, threw two touchdowns to Bailey Gaither in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh’s 21-20 victory over Houston. Ultimately, it ended in a walk-off touchdown on the very last play of the game. While it felt like the Gamblers had the momentum the entire afternoon, they ended up on the losing end of a physical battle.
The Stallions would remain undefeated at 5-0 after a 30-17 victory over the Stars. The game started out with the Stars scoring a touchdown on a five-play drive. A brief stalemate in back-to-back three and outs for both teams, only until the Stallions pulled out an 11-play drive to tie the game at 7-7. Philly responded with a nine-yard touchdown run themselves to take the lead at the beginning of the second quarter. The Stars would later intercept quarterback Alex McGough to put them in perfect field goal range. They converted that turnover into points, increasing their lead to 17-7. There was another touchdown by Birmingham to start the third quarter, and later a fumble recovery. The game got a little sloppy as both teams were trying to win the turnover battle. Capitalizing on them and getting points seemed difficult as the game moved on, but in the end, the Stallions would prevail. They recorded another field goal and a late touchdown to win.
The Generals defeated the Breakers and continue their four-game winning streak. NOLA started off with trick plays as they ran a fake punt for 43 yards to the Generals’ 29-yard line and set up a field goal. The Generals would respond with two rushing touchdowns of their own, one right after the Breakers scored and one in the middle of the second quarter. The Breakers would throw an interception but would force a three and out as the Generals could not find momentum on that drive. A touchdown by the Breakers and a field goal by the Generals ended the half 17-10 with the Generals on top. Back-to-back touchdowns starting the second half, a passing touchdown for New Orleans, and a rushing touchdown for New Jersey. Final score: Generals 27, Breakers 17.
We will be back next week with Week 6 of USFL football.
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