USFL Week 10: Birmingham Stallions edge out Tampa Bay Bandits
Week 10 of the inauguration USFL the season continued on Saturday with a duel between the Birmingham Stallions and the Tampa Bay Bandits on FOX at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
Birmingham, which had already won the No. 1 seed in the South Division and a berth in next weekend’s playoffs, held off Tampa Bay 21-18 on Saturday to end a 9-1 regular season. Tampa Bay finished 4-6.
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Birmingham Stallions 21. Tampa Bay Bandits 18
Do not think about it
Tampa weren’t intimidated by Birmingham’s record at all and pounced first with a big INT from TJ Neal.
Tampa Bay tried to turn their first success on defense into magic on offense, but their fourth and seventh attempts were thwarted by Birmingham’s defensive line.
Birmingham burst onto the scoreboard midway through the second quarter, first picking up substantial yardage via the pass…
…before Marlon Williams kicked off with a mighty growl.
Stallion catcher Marlon Willams puts Birmingham on the board
Birmingham Stallions wide receiver Marlon Willams pushes his way into the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown and the first score of the game.
Reading of the defense
Alex McGough already has a passing TD and bought himself a rushing score late in the first half after faking the defense on a play option and blasting his way into the end zone.
Alex McGough breaks up a 17-yard rushing TD
Alex Mcgough’s 17-yard TD increases the Birmingham Stallions’ lead to 14-0.
Tampa’s Derrick Dillon worked magic with his hands, as he kept his eyes on the prize to pull off a crazy catch and rush to the runs for a USFL record 75-yard score.
Tampa Bay hit with a home run late in the third, setting another record with an 81-yard home call on Rashard Davis’ punt return, making it 14-12.
throw them away
CJ Marable put the Stallions ahead with a declaration rush at the start of the fourth, bouncing off a horde of defenders as he fought his way past the pylon for six more.
We can mark too
Tampa had an answer for the Birmingham fan, hitting back with a 12-play, 62-yard drive. De’Quan Hampton made the short reception for TD to bring Tampa back in three, 21-18.
The Bandits failed to make the ensuing three-point attempt, which ultimately made the difference in the game.
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