The Philadelphia Stars had the Birmingham Stallions on the ropes in the fourth quarter of the USFL championship game at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday. Stallions coach Skip Holtz was unfazed, telling backup quarterback Alex McGough they were going to win.
And they did, 33-30, capturing the title in the first USFL championship game in this incarnation of the league with two touchdowns in 16 seconds.
McGough had thrown an interception after replacing an injured J’Mar Smith and got into a heated discussion with his coach before getting the wisdom.
“Don’t get frustrated, we’re gonna win this game.”
USFL CHAMPIONSHIP 2022 Overview
|Organization||United States Football League|
|Type of Game||American football|
|Season||2022 USFL Season|
|Broadcast Partner||Fox Sports|
|Stadium||Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio|
|Teams||Birmingham Stallions, Philadelphia Stars|
|Game Played||July 3, 2022|
|Winning Team||The Birmingham Stallions|
|Score||Birmingham Stallions (9 – 1) 33, Philadelphia Stars (6 – 4) 30|
THE BIRMINGHAM STALLIONS ARE USFL CHAMPIONS 🏆🐎 pic.twitter.com/HRvmuFhdId— USFL (@USFL) July 4, 2022
With the game taking place on Fourth of July weekend, it’s fitting that there were plenty of fireworks, especially in the first half. The list of big plays on Sunday night included:
- Bo Scarbrough’s 36-yard TD run to give Birmingham a 10-3 lead.
- Jordan Suell’s 25-yard TD catch on Philadelphia’s ensuing drive.
- Marlon Williams’ 41-yard TD catch less than a minute later that gave the Stallions a 17-9 lead.
- Scarbrough’s 70-yard run that set up Brandon Aubrey’s short FG on the final play of the first half.
- Dexter Williams’ 34-yard catch on a screen pass that set up Suell’s second TD catch on Philly’s first drive of the second half.
- Wright’s 46-yard pick-six with under three minutes left.
Stallions seal the deal, win first USFL Championship, 33-30
With 33 seconds left Stars quarterback, KJ Costello went deep and throws his second interception to Christian McFarland.The Stallions survived and win the inaugural USFL Championship title. Vic Bolden was named MVP after the game-winning touchdown. He finished with six catches for 64 yards.