USFL Score, highlights: New Jersey Generals defeat the Pittsburgh Maulers for their third-straight win

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The Generals hang on in the fourth for their third-straight win, defeating the Pittsburgh Maulers 21-13.

Coming off a shutout loss to the Michigan Panthers, the Maulers were seeking their first win of the season. Two straight missed field goal attempts by New Jersey in the fourth quarter gave Pittsburgh a chance but the Generals ultimately prevailed. New Jersey moves to 3-1 to continue to lead the North Division. 

The Generals kept to their two-quarterback system, with Luis Perez and De’Andre Johnson splitting time. Perez completed 11 of 14 attempts for 102 yards. Meanwhile Johnson completed nine for 10 pass attempts for 98 yards, including a touchdown pass to Alonzo Moore, Johnson’s first of the season. 

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On the ground, Darius Victor continued to lead New Jersey with 10 carries for 57 yards including a touchdown. KaVontae Turpin also had a touchdown, rushing 37 yards on four carries.

Meanwhile, the Maulers move to 0-4 and remain the only team in the USFL without a win. However, they delivered a better showing than last week’s 24-0 loss to the Panthers.

Kyle Lauletta started at quarterback for the first time this season and played the entire game, completing 15 of 32 attempts for 169 yards. With Bailey Gaither out due to illness for the second week, Tre Walker was Lauletta’s number one target and had nine receptions for 110 yards. Madre London and Garrett Groshek led Pittsburgh in rushing, combining for 80 yards, with Groshek delivering the Maulers their only touchdown of the game. 

After allowing Michigan 244 yards on the ground last week, the Maulers rush defense stepped up, holding the Generals to a season-low 113 rushing yards. New Jersey leads the league in rushing, averaging 201.7 rushing yards per game entering this week’s matchup.

Head coaches for New Jersey Generals and Pittsburgh Maulers

New Jersey is led by 68-year-old Mike Riley, who was the head coach of the San Diego Chargers for three seasons from 1999-2001. His most recent head coaching job came in 2019, where he led the San Antonio Commanders in the AAF. Meanwhile, offensive-minded Kirby Wilson leads the Maulers. This is the 60-year-old’s first time being a head coach at any level. Wilson spent 23 years in the NFL as a running back coach for eight different organizations.

Riley and Wilson have a connection that dates back to the beginning of their football careers. Wilson played under Riley for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League in 1983. Riley was an assistant coach for the Blue Bombers at the time. This matchup was their first meeting as head coaches.

Generals vs. Maulers score, results, highlights

Final score: New Jersey Generals 21, Pittsburgh Maulers 13

1st quarter, 3:10 (Generals): D.Johnson pass deep left complete to NJ 38. Catch made by A.Moore at NJ 38. Gain of 62 yards. A.Moore for 62 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

2nd quarter, 12:40 (Maulers): R.Ahmed 47 yard field goal attempt is good, Center-M.Fraboni, Holder-M.Duffy.

2nd quarter, 2:30 (Generals): K.Turpin rushed to PIT End Zone for 7 yards. K.Turpin for 7 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

2nd quarter, 0:24 (Maulers): G.Groshek rushed up the middle to NJ 1 for 0 yards. Tackled by C.Orr, T.Elston at NJ 1. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane and the play was overturned. G.Groshek rushed up the middle to NJ End Zone for 1 yards. G.Groshek for 1 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

3rd quarter, 10:43 (Generals): D.Victor rushed to PIT End Zone for 3 yards. D.Victor for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

4th quarter, 9:46 (Maulers): R.Ahmed 39 yard field goal attempt is good, Center-M.Fraboni, Holder-M.Duffy.

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5:27 p.m. EST: The clock winds down and the Generals hang on for their third straight win. Final score, New Jersey 21, Pittsburgh 13.

5:24 p.m. EST: The Maulers turn the ball over on downs after failing to convert on fourth-and-three. New Jersey will take over with 1:04 left on the clock.

Generals 21, Maulers 13

5:13 pm. EST: Nick Rose’s 43-yard field attempt is no good. The Maulers will have the ball with 2:30 left to play and an eight-point deficit.

New Jersey 21, Pittsburgh 13.

5:00 p.m. EST: Ramiz Ahmed’s 39-yard field goal attempt is good to make it a one-possession game with 9:41 remaining in the game.

New Jersey 21, Pittsburgh 13

4:54 p.m. EST: Madre London rushes down to the New Jersey 27-yard line for a Maulers gain of 37 yards.

4:47 p.m. EST: Nick Rose’s 46-yard field attempt is no good.

A big run by KaVontae Turpin put New Jersey down at the Pittsburgh 17-yard line but a fumbled snap and false start penalty derailed the Generals’ momentum.

4:42 p.m. EST: That takes us to the end of the third! New Jersey will start the fourth quarter with the ball at the Pittsburgh 33-yard line.

4:36 p.m. EST: Ramiz Ahmed’s 55-yard field goal attempt is no good. The Maulers had an impressive showing on their first drive of their second half but are unable to finish with points.

New Jersey 21, Pittsburgh 10 with 3:31 left in the third quarter.

4:20 p.m. EST: Darius Victor rushes into the end zone for his fourth touchdown of the season! Nick Rose’s extra point is good and the Generals extend their lead on the opening drive of the half.

New Jersey 21, Pittsburgh 10 with 10:40 left in the third.

4:15 p.m. EST: An incredible kick return by Cameron Echols-Luper puts the Generals at the Pittsburgh-34 yard line to start the second half.

4:03 p.m. EST: And that’s the half! We have a one-score game in Birmingham after two quarters.

Generals lead the Maulers, 14-10.

3:59 p.m. EST: Garrett Groshek was originally called down just short of the goal line, the call is overturned for a Maulers touchdown. This is Pittsburgh’s first touchdown since their week 2 matchup against the Stars.

Ramiz Ahmed’s extra point is good. New Jersey 14, Pittsburgh 10 with 0:20 left to play in the half.

3:56 p.m. EST: Defensive pass interference is called on De’Vante Bausby. The Maulers are at the New Jersey 1-yard line with 0:24 left in the half.

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3:51 p.m. EST: Lauletta’s pass is complete to Tre Walker for the end zone but the touchdown is called back on a Maulers penalty. Pittsburgh is at the New Jersey 38-yard line with less than a minute in the half.

3:40 p.m. EST: KaVontae Turpin finds the end zone for New Jersey! Nick Rose’s extra point is good.

Generals extend their lead to 14-3 with 2:24 left in the second quarter.

3:29 p.m. EST: The Generals go for it on fourth-and-short at their own 34-yard line. De’Andre Johnson sneaks in for the first down.

3:23 p.m. EST: The Maulers are on the board! Ramiz Ahmed’s 47-yard field goal attempt is good.

New Jersey 7, Pittsburgh 3 with 12:40 left in the half.

3:18 p.m. EST: A 33-yard punt from Brock Miller puts the Maulers at the New Jersey 45-yard line. Will this be the break Pittsburgh needed to find the end zone?

3:14 p.m. EST: End of the first quarter from Birmingham. New Jersey leads 7-0.

3:05 p.m. EST: Generals touchdown! De’Andre Johnson finds Alonzo Moore for a 62-yard touchdown pass. Nick Rose’s extra point attempt is good.

Generals are on the board first, 7-0, with 3:01 left in the first quarter.

2:52 p.m. EST: After getting off a promising start on their opening drive, Pittsburgh punts the ball away. The Maulers got down to the New Jersey 40-yard line. They have yet to score in the first quarter this season.

Saturday’s North Division matchup features the New Jersey Generals (2-1) and the Pittsburgh Maulers (0-3), teams at opposite ends of the division standings.

 

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  • When: Saturday, May 7 at 2:30 p.m. ET on Peacock
  • Where: Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Live Stream: Peacock