Week 10 of opening USFL The season continued on Saturday with a matchup between the Birmingham stallions and the Tampa Bay Bandits on FOX at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
Birmingham, who had already secured first place in the South Division and a spot in next weekend’s playoffs, held off 21-18 against Tampa Bay on Saturday to wrap up a 9-1 regular season. Tampa Bay finished 4-6.
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Birmingham Stallions 21. Tampa Bay Bandits 18
Don’t think about it
Tampa was not the least bit intimidated by Birmingham’s record, coming down first with a big INT from TJ Neal.
Tampa Bay tried to turn their early success on defense into magic on offense, but their fourth and seventh attempts were thwarted by Birmingham’s defensive line.
Birmingham stormed the scoreboard midway through the second quarter, initially accumulating considerable mileage via the pass…
…before Marlon Williams gave the go-ahead with a mighty growl.
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Stallion recipient Marlon Williams brings Birmingham into play
Birmingham Stallions receiver Marlon Willams pushes into the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown and the first score of the game.
Alex McGough already has a passing TD and bought himself a rushing result late in the first half after fooling the defense with a read option and fighting his way into the end zone.
Alex McGough breaks up a 17-yard rushing TD
Alex Mcgough’s 17-yard rushing TD puts the Birmingham Stallions 14-0 up.
Tampa’s Derrick Dillon worked magic with his hands while eyeing the prize to complete a crazy catch and race to the races for a USFL-record 75 yards.
Tampa Bay hit out with a home run hitter late in the third round and set another record with an 81-yard house call on Rashard Davis’ punt return to make the score 14-12.
throw them off
CJ Marable put the Stallions ahead early in the fourth with a statement rush, rebounding off a horde of defenders as he plowed past the pylon for another six.
We can score too
Tampa had an answer for Birmingham’s Haymakers and hit right back with a 12-game, 62-yard scoring drive of their own. De’Quan Hampton made the short TD reception to put Tampa within three, 21-18.
The Bandits couldn’t make up for the subsequent three-point attempt, which ultimately made the difference in the game.
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