Quarterback J’Mar Smith, who reunited with former 路易斯安那科技 head coach Skip Hltz, led the Stallions to their second win of the season, completing 20 的 30 通过 221 码和两个达阵, but it was the Stallions defense that stole the show.
Cornerback Brian Allen, a former 5th-round NFL选秀 挑, had a pick-six on the third play of the game to give Birmingham the earlier lead.
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 铅.
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.
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.
星期 2 of the inaugural USFL season will conclude with a matchup between the Tampa Bay Bandits and the New Orleans Breakers on Sunday at 3 下午. E.T.