Stallions' defense sets the tone in 33-28 victory over Gamblers

Quarterback J’Mar Smith, who reunited with former 루이지애나 공대 head coach Skip Hltz, led the Stallions to their second win of the season, completing 20 의 30 통과하다 221 야드와 두 번의 터치다운, but it was the Stallions defense that stole the show.

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Cornerback Brian Allen, a former 5th-round NFL 초안 선택, had a pick-six on the third play of the game to give Birmingham the earlier lead.

Brian Allen #29 of Birmingham Stallions intercepts a pass and then runs the ball for a touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Houston Gamblers at Protective Stadium on April 23, 2022 버밍엄, 앨라배마.

Brian Allen #29 of Birmingham Stallions intercepts a pass and then runs the ball for a touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Houston Gamblers at Protective Stadium on April 23, 2022 버밍엄, 앨라배마. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/USFL/Getty Images)

Houston would respond with a 49-yard field goal on a day when kickers seemed to struggle with the USFL’s new ball and cornerback Will Likely had a pick-six of his own just minutes later to give the Gamblers a 10-9 리드.

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The Stallions began to pull ahead early in the second half but, despite struggling in their passing game, Houston climbed back to 26-21 by the fourth quarter.

Mark Thompson #7 of Houston Gamblers runs with the ball in the fourth quarter of the game against the Birmingham Stallions at Protective Stadium on April 23, 2022 버밍엄, 앨라배마.

Mark Thompson #7 of Houston Gamblers runs with the ball in the fourth quarter of the game against the Birmingham Stallions at Protective Stadium on April 23, 2022 버밍엄, 앨라배마. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/USFL/Getty Images)

Quarterback Clayton Thorson managed to get the Gamblers within five points of the Stallions. With less than two minutes on the clock, he secured a first down on fourth-and-10 with an 11-yard run, but Lorenzo Burns would intercept the ball with 1:13 left to end Houston’s chances of scoring.

Smith’s strong performance improved his odds of winning back-to-back Player of the Week honors. He replaced injured quarterback Alex McGough to lead the Stallions to a 28-4 victory over the New Jersey Generals in Week 1.

Brian Allen #29 of Birmingham Stallions celebrates with teammates after getting an interception and running it for a touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Houston Gamblers at Protective Stadium on April 23, 2022 버밍엄, 앨라배마.

Brian Allen #29 of Birmingham Stallions celebrates with teammates after getting an interception and running it for a touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Houston Gamblers at Protective Stadium on April 23, 2022 버밍엄, 앨라배마. (Photo by Jamie Squire/USFL/Getty Images)

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