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USFL roundup: Stallions take big lead, hold off Breakers

Field Level Media
28 May 2023, 15:19 GMT+10

JoJo Tillery intercepted McLeod Bethel-Thompson's pass with 2 seconds remaining as the host Birmingham Stallions held off a late rally to earn a 24-20 victory over the New Orleans Breakers on Saturday.

The Stallions (5-2) had taken a 24-9 lead after Alex McGough connected with Jace Sternberger for a 20-yard touchdown with just over a minute left in the third quarter. But Bethel-Thompson threw a 10-yard scoring strike to Lee Morris and New Orleans (4-3) converted a two-point conversion before Matt Coughlin made a 55-yard field goal to pull the Breakers within four.

McGough was 16-of-23 passing for 176 yards and a TD. He also rushed for a touchdown. Bethel-Thompson completed 24 of 42 passes for 279 yards with a TD and an interception.

Birmingham's CJ Marable rushed 17 times for 86 yards and caught six passes for 52 yards -- both team highs. Coughlin made four field goals for the Breakers.

Stars 37, Maulers 31

Matt Colburn II ran for a pair of touchdowns, including a decisive score early in the fourth quarter, as Philadelphia edged Pittsburgh in Canton, Ohio.

Colburn finished with 82 yards on 20 carries and found the end zone with 9:28 to play to give the Stars (4-3) a 34-24 lead. Garrett Groshek scored from 1 yard out after Isiah Hennie's 69-yard punt return to pull the Maulers (2-5) within three with just over two minutes left, but Luis Aguilar iced the game with a 38-yard field goal.

Philadelphia quarterback Case Cookus completed 18 of 30 passes for 235 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Troy Williams threw for 145 yards, one TD and one interception on 18-for-28 passing.

--Field Level Media

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