USFL Game 1 final score: Birmingham Stallions defeat New Jersey Generals, 28-24, in inaugural game

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The Birmingham Stallions defeated the New Jersey Generals, 28-24, in the inaugural game of the USFL season at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday night.

The matchup came down to the final minutes as both teams traded scores back-and-forth throughout. But QB J’Mar Smith, who entered the game in the second half to replace the injured Alex McGough, rushed for a game-winning two-yard touchdown with 29 seconds left to secure the victory for the hometown Stallions.

The Generals dominated the first half of the game as QB Luis Perez threw two touchdown passes, including one to standout WR Randy Satterfield, to give New Jersey a seven-point lead heading into the locker room.

After relying predominantly on their passing game in the first half, both teams found the ground game in the second. Fellow Generals QB De’Andre Johnson helped set up a 47-yard field goal with two minutes left in the game to give New Jersey a three-point lead. But there was too much time left on the clock and the Stallions took advantage, driving 10 plays all the way down the field for the game-winning touchdown score.

The Generals were led by head coach Mike Riley, who was a former defensive back for the University of Alabama from 1971-74 and has over 40 seasons of head coaching experience at the pro and collegiate levels.  Skip Holtz led the opposite sideline for the Stallions. Holtz is the son of former head coach Lou Holtz, who spent 11 seasons at the helm at Notre Dame and won a national championship in 1988. Skip most recently spent the last nine seasons at Louisiana Tech where he finished with an overall record of 64-50. He made his coaching debut at the professional level against the Generals and is now 1-0 as a pro football coach.

Generals vs. Stallions score, results, highlights

Final score: New Jersey Generals 24, Birmingham Stallions 28

1st quarter, 11:51 (Generals): L.Perez pass short middle complete to BHAM 3. Catch made by R.Satterfield at BHAM 3. Gain of 3 yards. R.Satterfield for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN

1st quarter, 11:18 (Stallions): A.McGough pass complete to NJ 35. Catch made by O.Mitchell at NJ 35. Gain of 35 yards. O.Mitchell for 35 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

2nd quarter, 9:16 (Generals): L.Perez pass complete to BHAM 13. Catch made by B.Bowman at BHAM 13. Gain of 13 yards. B.Bowman for 13 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

3rd quarter, 0:42 (Stallions): C.Marable rushed to NJ End Zone for 3 yards. C.Marable for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

4th quarter, 9:21 (Generals): D.Johnson rushed right end to BHAM End Zone for 4 yards. D.Johnson for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

4th quarter, 6:00 (Stallions): J.Smith pass complete to NJ 28. Catch made by C.Angeline at NJ 28. Gain of 28 yards. C.Angeline for 28 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

4th quarter, 1:54 (Generals): N.Rose 47 yard field goal attempt is good, Center-S.Flanick, Holder-B.Miller.

4th quarter, 0:29 (Stallions): J.Smith scrambles right end to NJ End Zone for 2 yards. J.Smith for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

Generals vs. Stallions reaction and coverage

10:50 p.m. ET: It comes down to the final play of the game but the hometown Stallions hold on for the win!

10:45 p.m. ET: On the 10th play of the drive, Smith takes it for himself and scrambles two yards into the end zone. The Stallions take a 28-24 lead with 29 seconds left to play in Birmingham!

10:34 p.m. ET: The Generals have rushed the ball 24 straight times!

Rose gets his third shot of the night to try to convert a field goals for the Generals. This time, he converts the 47-yard field goal to give New Jersey a 24-21 lead with less than two minutes left to play.

Can Smith pull off a successful two-minute drive for the Stallions?

10:23 p.m. ET: The Stallions respond on their following drive as Smith completes a 28-yard touchdown pass over the middle of the field to Cary Angeline.

Angeline has spent time with the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles.

We’re knotted at 21-21 with less than six minutes left to play.

10:10 p.m. ET: After recording less than 50 rushing yards in the entire first half, the Generals embraced their run game in the fourth quarter.

To cap off an 11-play, 65-yard drive, Johnson rushes for a four-yard touchdown down the sideline and just makes it inside the pylon to give the Generals a 21-14 lead.

The Generals tallied more rushing yards on this scoring drive than they did in the entire first half.

9:56 p.m. ET: The Stallions put together their strongest drive since their opening offensive drive of the game as Smith leads Birmingham all the way down the field to the New Jersey 3-yard line.

Running back CJ Marable rushes for a 3-yard touchdown run – the first rushing TD in the game – and the Stallions tie the score at 14.

9:50 p.m. ET: Behind the scenes!

9:40 p.m. ET: With QB De’Andre Johnson under center, the Generals drive down the field. Johnson leads New Jersey on a 12-play, 75-yard drive to set Rose up for a 23-yard field goal. But the kick veers left and the score stays at 14-7.

Can the Stallions take advantage of another missed Generals FG?

9:30 p.m. ET: We are underway in the second half!

McGough is out with an injury and QB J’Mar Smith is leading the Stallions under center.

9:20 p.m. ET:

Halftime stats:

The Generals ran eight drives in the first half, while the Stallions ran seven.

New Jersey tallied 224 total yards and Birmingham recorded 82. NJ dominated the passing game in the half with 175 yards in the air versus 49 passing yards for Birmingham.

Each team recorded one turnover.

The Generals won the time of possession battle at 19:41, while the Stallions held the ball for 10:19.

9:15 p.m. ET: Generals kicker Nick Rose attempts a 47-yard field goal to close out the half, but his kick veers wide left.

New Jersey takes a 14-7 lead into the locker room.

9:08 p.m. ET: Some game clock differences to note as the first half winds down:

The play clock is 35 seconds in the USFL instead of 40.

The clock automatically stops on first downs inside the 2-minute warning.

8:58 p.m. ET: Satterfield continues to dominate in 1-on-1 matchups with one 15-yard pass followed by another 31-yard catch down the sideline to set the Generals up on the Birmingham 27-yard line.

But Stallions LB Scooby Wright sacks Perez and forces a fumble to give the ball back to Birmingham and halt the Generals’ momentum.

8:50 p.m. ET: The Generals have been playing with multiple quarterbacks all night. Perez started the game but QB De’Andre Johnson is also getting snaps under center.

Perez escapes a couple of grabs by the Stallions defense and connects with Braedon Bowman for a 13-yard touchdown pass. The Generals capitalize on the turnover and take a 14-7 lead.

8:35 p.m. ET: McGough is back on the field despite walking off gingerly at the end of the Stallions’ last possession.

But his pass is intercepted by Generals safety Shalom Luani at the New Jersey 37-yard line – the first turnover of the game and in the history of the league.

8:25 p.m. ET: Defensive pass interference called on the Stallions down the sideline.

Unlike in the NFL, this results in only a 15-yard penalty, and is not a spot foul.

For further explanation on the difference in rules in the USFL, click here.

That brings us to the end of the first quarter as the Generals continue to drive down the field.

8:20 p.m. ET: New perspective!

8:16 p.m. ET: DeMarquis Gates of the Stallions records the first sack of the game as he picks up a huge loss of seven with his tackle of Perez.

Fun fact about another part of the Stallions defense: their secondary has played in a combined 83 NFL games.

8:08 p.m. ET: Birmingham, the host city for the USFL this season, has a long history of professional football that dates back to the 1970s.

Players on both sidelines have ties to the area.

Generals QB J’Mar Smith’s father, Kenny Smith, played DL at Alabama (and went on to play in the NFL).

Stallions WR Peyton Ramzy grew up in McCalla, Alabama, which is roughly 25 minutes Southwest of Protective Stadium in Birmingham.

7:57 p.m. ET: The Stallions respond right away as QB Alex McGough connects with WR Osirus Mitchell on a 35-yard touchdown pass. Mitchell makes a one-handed grab in the back of the end zone to tie the score at seven apiece.

The scoring drive takes just two plays and 36 seconds.

7:50 p.m. ET: Luis Perez is under center for the Generals in their opening possession. He gets the game off to a hot start with a 49-yard pass down the sideline to Randy Satterfield.

On fourth-and-1 inside the 10-yard line, the Generals make the first gutsy call of the game and opt to go for it. They successfully convert and its Perez to Satterfield again for the touchdown – the first in the history of the USFL!

Generals take an early 7-0 lead.

7:45 p.m. ET: Birmingham wins the toss and defers.

And we are officially playing football in the spring!

7:40 p.m. ET: Bigger than football.

7:30 p.m. ET: It’s just about that time! Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is in Birmingham helping to tell us what to expect.

7:10 p.m. ET: The hometown Stallions are fired up for the first kickoff of the season.

7:06 p.m. ET: Are you ready?

The first game of the USFL’s inaugural season is less than 30 minutes away from kickoff!

Everything you need to know about the USFL:

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  • When: Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, Peacock, and FOX. FOX will produce tonight’s game coverage while NBC does pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.
  • Where: Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Live Stream: NBC and Peacock

How to watch the 2022 USFL Championships: Date, location, and live stream info for Philadelphia Stars vs Birmingham Stallions game

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The 2022 USFL season comes to a close this Sunday, July 3 in Canton, Ohio at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium as the Philadelphia Stars go head-to-head with the Birmingham Stallions in the Championship game (7:30 p.m. ET on Fox).

Sunday’s matchup will be the second meeting between the two teams this season. Birmingham defeated Philadelphia, 30-17 in Week 5. See below for additional information on how to watch/live stream the 2022 USFL Championships.

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Philadelphia Stars

The Philadelphia Stars pulled off a 19-14 upset victory over the New Jersey Generals last Saturday afternoon to advance to the 2022 USLF Championships. Philadelphia finished the regular season with a 6-4 record and lost twice to the Generals in the regular season but put all of that behind them as they opened up the first half with a commanding 10-0 lead. The Generals answered back with a pair of touchdowns from 2022 All-USFL team stars RB Darius Victor and WR KaVontae Turpin, making the score 14-10 by the fourth quarter. With just 1:41 left on the clock, Stars WR Maurice Alexander Jr. turned on the jets to score off an 88-yard punt return and sealed the win.

RELATED: Channing Stribling helping to lead surging Stars in USFL

Birmingham Stallions

The Birmingham Stallions, who have only one loss on the season, defeated the New Orleans Breakers 31-17 to advance to the 2022 USFL Championships. New Orleans came in hot on Saturday night scoring a touchdown on its first drive of the game but Birmingham fired back scoring 21 points in the second quarter alone. The Breakers battled to stay in the game, cutting the deficit to 21-17 in the third but the Stallions pulled away in the final quarter scoring 10 unanswered points to secure their championship bid.

RELATED: Chris Odom ends strong season as USFL Defensive Player of the Year

How to watch the 2022 USFL Championships – Philadelphia Stars vs Birmingham Stallions:

  • When: Sunday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio
  • Watch: Fox

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2022 USFL Scores: Results and games schedule for the United States Football League

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The 2022 United States Football League is officially underway and in case you’ve missed any of the spring football excitement, we’ve got you covered. See below for USFL scores, recaps, and the upcoming season schedule.

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2022 USFL Scores and Schedule:

(*Times are subject to change)

Week 1 (April 16-17): 

Week 2 (April 22-24): 

Week 3 (April 30-May 1)

Week 4 (May 6-8): 

Week 5 (May 13-15): 

Week 6 (May 21-22): 

  • Philadelphia Stars 35, Tampa Bay Bandits 28
  • Michigan Panthers 33, Birmingham Stallions 17
  • New Orleans Breakers 26, Pittsburgh Maulers 16
  • New Jersey Generals 26,  Houston Gamblers 25

Week 7 (May 28-29): 

  • Birmingham Stallions 26, Pittsburgh Maulers 16
  • New Jersey Generals 20, Tampa Bay Bandits 13
  • New Orleans Breakers 31, Michigan Panthers 27
  • Philadelphia Stars 35, Houston Gamblers 24

Week 8 (June 3-5): 

Week 9 (June 11-12): 

  • Houston Gamblers 17, Birmingham Stallions 15
  • New Jersey Generals 25, Michigan Panthers 23
  • Philadelphia Stars 17, Pittsburgh Maulers 16
  • New Orleans Breakers 17, Tampa Bay Bandits 6

Week 10 (June 18-19): 

Playoffs – Saturday, June 25

Championship Game – Sunday, July 3

  • Birmingham Stallions 33, Philadelphia Stars 30

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