USFL Score, highlights: Birmingham Stallions remain undefeated, beating Philadelphia Stars, 30-17

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The Birmingham Stallions remain undefeated, beating the Philadelphia Stars 30-17. This was the largest margin of victory for Birmingham this season and their first double-digit win.

The Stallions trailed at halftime for the fifth straight game but outscored the Stars 16-0 in the second half to secure the win. 

Quarterbacks J’Mar Smith and Alex McGough divided time. Smith completed 17 of 22 attempts for 203 yards, with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown. McGough had 50 yards off 4 of 11 receptions and one passing touchdown to Michael Dereus

Marlon Williams led the Stallions in receiving with 74 yards, including one touchdown. On the ground, CJ Marable rushed for a season-high 114 yards on 23 carries, including a 29-yard touchdown run. 

Philadelphia moves to 2-3 and remains in second place in the North Division. Their two touchdowns came on the ground from Paul Terry and Matt Colburn II. Kicker Luis Aguilar made his only field goal attempt from 49 yards.

Head coaches for Birmingham Stallions and Philadelphia Stars

Birmingham is led by Skip Holtz, who spent 17 seasons as a college football head coach. Holtz coached at UConn, East Carolina, South Florida and Louisiana Tech, making 12 Bowl appearance. He coached current Stallions players J’Mar Davis-Smith, Bobby Holly and O’Shea Dugas at Louisiana Tech.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia is led by 64-year-old Bart Andrus. Andrus was the head coach of the Amsterdam Admirals in the NFL Europe league from 2001-2007, leading the team to back-to-back World Bowls and the 2005 title. He has also coached in the CFL, UFL and XFL.

Stallions vs Stars score, results, highlights

Final score: Birmingham Stallions 30, Philadelphia Stars 17

1st quarter, 11:58 (Stars): M.Colburn rushed to BHAM End Zone for 2 yards. M.Colburn for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

1st quarter, 2:00 (Stallions): A.McGough pass complete to PHI 17. Catch made by M.Dereus at PHI 17. Gain of 17 yards. M.Dereus for 17 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

2nd quarter, 15:00 (Stars): P.Terry rushed up the middle to BHAM End Zone for 9 yards. P.Terry for 9 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

2nd quarter, 7:31 (Stars): L.Aguilar 49 yard field goal attempt is good, Center-R.Navarro, Holder-.

2nd quarter, 4:35 (Stallions): J.Smith pass short middle complete to PHI 23. Catch made by M.Williams at PHI 23. Gain of 38 yards. M.Williams for 38 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

3rd quarter, 11:43 (Stallions): C.Marable rushed left guard to PHI End Zone for 29 yards. C.Marable for 29 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

3rd quarter, 0:28 (Stallions): B.Aubrey 45 yard field goal attempt is good, Center-R.Langan, Holder-C.Wadman.

4th quarter, 0:47 (Stallions): J.Smith rushed up the middle to PHI End Zone for 2 yards. J.Smith for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

Stallions vs. Stars reaction and coverage

3:12 p.m. EST: The clock runs down and Birmingham remains undefeated, winning 30-17.

3:04 p.m. EST: Quarterback J’Mar Smith surges 2 yards into the end zone for a Birmingham touchdown! Aubrey’s extra point is no good. The Stallions lead 30-17 with 0:41 left to play.

2:30 p.m. EST: The third quarter ends and it’ll be Birmingham ball to start the fourth quarter.

2:28 p.m. EST: The ball goes back to Birmingham as Seth Thomas recovers a Stars fumble. The Stallions take over at Philadelphia’s 38-yard line.

2:25 p.m. EST: Brandon Aubrey makes a 45-yard field goal attempt to extend Birmingham’s lead.

Stallions 24, Stars 17 with 0:25 left in the third.

2:10 p.m. EST: It’s Stars ball after Josh Banderas recovers a Stallions fumble. Philadelphia takes over at their own 42-yard line with 7:17 left in the third.

1:57 p.m. EST: CJ Marable rushes 29 yards into the end zone and the Stallions have their first lead of the game.

Aubrey’s extra point is good. Stallions 21, Stars 17

1:39 p.m. EST: The Stallions get down to the Philadelphia 5-yard line but are held to a field goal attempt. Brandon Aubrey’s 23-yard field goal attempt is no good and Stars hang on to their 3 point lead as we head into halftime.

Philadelphia 17, Birmingham 14

1:31 p.m. EST: The Stallions recover a Stars fumble and take over at the Philadelphia 48-yard line with 2:00 left in the half.

1:20 p.m. EST: J’Mar Smith finds Marlon Williams, Marlon Williams finds the end zone. It’s a 38-yard touchdown for Birmingham!

Aubrey’s extra point is good. Philadelphia 17, Birmingham 14 with 4:26 left in the half.

1:12 p.m. EST: Luis Aguilar’s 49-yard field goal attempt is good to extend Philly’s lead.

Stars 17, Stallions 7 with 7:28 left in the second quarter.

1:07 p.m. EST: It’s a pick for Philly as Amani Dennis intercepts Alex McGough’s pass. The Stars take over at Birmingham’s 36-yard line with 9:35 remaining in the half.

12:46 p.m. EST: Stars touchdown! Paul Terry rushes 9 yards into the end zone. Aguilar’s extra point is good.

Philadelphia 14, Birmingham 7.

12:42 p.m. EST: All tied up 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.

12:35 p.m. EST: Stallions equalize! Alex McGough finds Michael Dereus for a 17-yard touchdown on third-and-15.

Brandon Aubrey’s extra point attempt is good. Birmingham 7, Philadelphia 7 with 1:53 left in the first quarter.

12:13 p.m. EST: Philly strikes first! The Stars’ opening drive ends with Matt Colburn rushing 2 yards into the end zone. Luis Aguilar’s extra point attempt is good.

Philadelphia 7, Birmingham 0.

12:09 p.m. EST: Running back Paul Terry surges for a 43 yard gain for the Stars on their first drive.

Everything you need to know about the USFL:

What time and channel is the Stallions vs Stars?

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  • When: Sunday, May 15 at 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC
  • Where: Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Live stream: NBC

2023 USFL Season Schedule: Dates, times, locations, new teams, playoff format, and more


The 2023 USFL Season kicks off on Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16 with four thrilling games. First, the Philadelphia Stars will take on the Memphis Showboats at 4:30 PM ET followed by a New Jersey Generals vs Birmingham Stallions match up at 7:30 PM ET. On Sunday, the Michigan Panthers will go head-to-head with the Houston Gamblers at noon, followed by a Pittsburgh Maulers vs New Orleans Breakers match up at 6:30 PM.

RELATED: 2023 USFL Draft order – Complete list of every pick from Round 1 through Round 10

Season 2 of the USFL features four host cities–Detroit, Memphis, Canton, and Birmingham. This is a significant change from last year when all 10-regular season games were contested in Birmingham, Alabama and playoff games took place in Canton, Ohio. Additionally, the 2023 season will also feature a new team. The Tampa Bay Bandits will now be called the Memphis Showboats. Memphis was one of the original teams featured in the first edition of the USFL.

See below for the full 2023 USFL Season Schedule as well as answers to any questions you may have before the upcoming season. Be sure to check back for the latest updates to the schedule.

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How many teams are in the USFL?

There are a total of 8 teams in the USFL that make up two divisions:

North Division:

  • Michigan Panthers
  • New Jersey Generals
  • Philadelphia Stars
  • Pittsburgh Maulers

South Division:

  • Birmingham Stallions
  • Houston Gamblers
  • New Orleans Breakers
  • Memphis Showboats

Where will games be contested during the 2023 USFL Season?

The 2023 USFL season will feature four host cities: Detroit, Memphis, Canton, Ohio and Birmingham, Alabama.

  • The New Jersey Generals and Pittsburgh Maulers will be hosted in Canton, Ohio at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
  • The Birmingham Stallions and New Orleans Breakers will be hosted in Birmingham at Protective Stadium.
  • The Michigan Panthers and Philadelphia Stars will be hosted in Detroit, Michigan at Ford Field.
  • The Memphis Showboats and Houston Gamblers will be hosted in Memphis, Tennessee at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium.

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How many weeks are in the USFL’s regular season?

There are 10 weeks in the regular season. Each team will go head-to-head with division rivals twice and face off against teams of the opposite division once.

How will 2023 USFL playoffs work?

After the 10 week regular season comes to a close, the top two teams from each division will go head-to-head in two playoff games in late June, with the winners advancing to the USFL Championship game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

2023 USFL Season Schedule:

*All times are listed as ET


Saturday, April 15
Philadelphia at Memphis – 4:30 p.m. (FOX)
New Jersey at Birmingham – 7:30 p.m. (FOX)

Sunday, April 16
Michigan at Houston – 12 p.m. (NBC and Peacock)
Pittsburgh at New Orleans – 6:30 p.m. (FS1)


Saturday, April 22
Houston at New Orleans – 12:30 p.m. (USA and Peacock)
Memphis at Birmingham – 7 p.m. (FOX)

Sunday, April 23
New Jersey at Pittsburgh – 12 p.m. (NBC and Peacock)
Michigan at Philadelphia – 7 p.m. (FS1)


Saturday, April 29
New Orleans at Birmingham – 12:30 p.m. (USA and Peacock)
Memphis at Houston – 7 p.m. (FOX)

Sunday, April 30
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia – 12 p.m. (NBC and Peacock)
New Jersey at Michigan – 4 p.m. (FOX)


Saturday, May 6 
Houston at Philadelphia – 1 p.m. (FOX)
Memphis at Michigan –  7:30 p.m. (NBC and Peacock)

Sunday, May 7
New Orleans at New Jersey – 3 p.m. (NBC and Peacock)
Birmingham at Pittsburgh – 6:30 p.m. (FS1)


Saturday, May 13
Pittsburgh at Michigan – 12:30 p.m. (USA and Peacock)
Houston at Birmingham – 4 p.m. (FOX)

Sunday, May 14
New Jersey at Philadelphia – 12 p.m. (NBC and Peacock)
Memphis at New Orleans – 3 p.m. (FOX)


Saturday, May 20
Pittsburgh at Memphis – 12:30 p.m. (USA and Peacock)
Birmingham at Michigan –  4 p.m. (FOX)

Sunday, May 21
New Orleans at Philadelphia – 12 p.m. (FS1)
New Jersey at Houston – 4 p.m. (FOX)


Saturday, May 27
Birmingham at New Orleans –  4 p.m. (FOX)
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh – 9 p.m. (FS1)

Sunday, May 28
Houston at Memphis – 2 p.m. (USA and Peacock)
Michigan at New Jersey – 5:30 p.m. (FS1)


Saturday, June 3
Houston at Pittsburgh – 12 p.m. (USA and Peacock)
Philadelphia at Birmingham – 3 p.m. (NBC and Peacock)

Sunday, June 4
Memphis at New Jersey – 1 p.m. (FOX)
Michigan at New Orleans – 4 p.m. (FOX)


Saturday, June 10
Michigan at Pittsburgh – 12 p.m. (FOX)
New Orleans at Memphis – 3 p.m. (NBC and Peacock)

Sunday, June 11
Birmingham at Houston – 2 p.m. (NBC and Peacock)
Philadelphia at New Jersey – 7 p.m. (FOX)


Saturday, June 17
Pittsburgh at New Jersey – 1 p.m. (USA and Peacock)
Birmingham at Memphis – 4 p.m. (FOX)

Sunday, June 18
New Orleans at Houston – 4 p.m. (FS1)
Philadelphia at Michigan – 7 p.m. (FOX)

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2023 USFL Draft order: Complete list of every pick from Round 1 through Round 10

It's the Pittsburgh Maulers vs New Jersey Generals this Friday night on USA Network.
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As the USFL prepares for its second season, it reached a historic milestone by completing the 2023 USFL Draft. Eight teams selected a total of 80 eligible players across 10 rounds.

Out of over 3,000 eligible players, the first pick of the draft was Michigan State offensive tackle Jarrett Horst to the Michigan Panthers. The Panthers selected first because the winner of the Week 10 contest vs. the Pittsburgh Maulers decided the team that started the draft. The Panthers were victorious 33-21. The New Jersey Generals did not have a pick in the first round and their second and fifth-round picks were penalized because of “a violation of offseason roster management rules.” Instead, the Generals had its first pick shifted to the last pick of the entire draft in Round 10.

The USFL was founded in 1982. Since the USFL does not take place during the NFL season, it was intended to “try and fill the NFL-sized hole for fans when it begins play in the spring.” After its founding, the USFL ceased operations two seasons later in 1986. The 2023 season marks the first time since the beginning of the league that has had back-to-back seasons. Usually, spring leagues would host a 60-round selection draft, but USFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Daryl Johnston said that they are working to add more talent to each team’s roster, not rebuilding the eight teams.

The top 3 players selected in the draft were Horst, Incarnate Word quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr., and Appalachian State quarterback Chase Brice.

2023 USFL Draft

Round 1

  1. Michigan Panthers – Jarrett Horst, OT, Michigan State
  2. Pittsburgh Maulers – Lindsey Scott Jr., QB, Incarnate Word
  3. Houston Gamblers – Chase Brice, QB, Appalachian State
  4. Memphis Showboats – Mason Brooks, OT, Mississippi
  5. New Orleans Breakers – Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati
  6. Philadelphia Stars – Alfred Edwards III, OT, Utah State
  7. Birmingham Stallions – Kadeem Telfort, OT, UAB

Round 2

  1. Michigan Panthers – Tanner Morgan, QB, Michigan State
  2. Pittsburgh Maulers – Malik Hamm, DE, Lafayette
  3. Houston Gamblers – Justin Ford, CB, Montana
  4. Memphis Showboats – Isaiah Bolden, CB, Jackson State
  5. New Orleans Breakers – Noah Taylor, LB, Virginia
  6. Philadelphia Stars – Anderson Hardy, OT, Appalachian State
  7. Birmingham Stallions – Quinton Barrow, OT, Grand Valley State
  8. New Jersey Generals – Adrian Martinez, QB Kansas State

Round 3

  1. Michigan Panthers – Santrell Latham, LB, Southern Miss
  2. Pittsburgh Maulers – Tre’Quan Dorsey, OL, St. Francis
  3. Houston Gamblers – Joseph Fisher, OG, Shepard
  4. Memphis Showboats – Brevin Allen, DE, Campbell
  5. New Orleans Breakers – DJ Ivey, CB, Miami, Fla.
  6. Philadelphia Stars – Isaac Moore, OT, Temple
  7. Birmingham Stallions – Malik Cunningham, QB, Louisville
  8. New Jersey Generals – JJ Holloman, WR, Tennessee State

Round 4

  1. Michigan Panthers – DJ Scaife Jr., OL, Miami Fla.
  2. Pittsburgh Maulers – Ferlando Jordan, DB, SE Louisiana
  3. Houston Gamblers – Scott Matlock, DT, Boise State
  4. Memphis Showboats – Benny Sapp III, DB, Northern Iowa
  5. New Orleans Breakers – Keaton Mitchell, RB, East Carolina
  6. Philadelphia Stars – Truman Jones, DE, Harvard
  7. Birmingham Stallions – Derius Davis, WR, TCU
  8. New Jersey Generals – Victor Jones, DE, Akron

Round 5

  1. Michigan Panthers – Dashaun White, LB, Oklahoma
  2. Pittsburgh Maulers – Isaiah Land, DE, Florida A&M
  3. Houston Gamblers – Jeffrey Johnson, DT, Oklahoma
  4. Memphis Showboats – Michael Ezeiki, TE, UCLA
  5. New Orleans Breakers – Isaiah Moore, LB, NC State
  6. Philadelphia Stars – Earl Bostick Jr., OT, Kansas
  7. Birmingham Stallions – Zeke Vandenburgh, LB, Illinois State
  8. New Jersey Generals – De’Jahn Warren, CB, Jackson State

Round 6

  1. Michigan Panthers – Levi Russo-Bell, DE, Texas State
  2. Pittsburgh Maulers – Nash Jensen, OG, North Dakota State
  3. Houston Gamblers – Keenan Isaac, DB, Alabama State
  4. Memphis Showboats – Jerome Carvin, OL, Tennessee
  5. New Orleans Breakers – Dante Stills, DL, West Virginia
  6. New Jersey Generals – Derrick Tucker, DB, Texas Southern
  7. Philadelphia Stars – Jose Ramirez, DE, Eastern Michigan
  8. Birmingham Stallions – Colby Sorsdal, OT, William & Mary

Round 7

  1. Michigan Panthers – Gunnar Oakes, TE, Eastern Michigan
  2. Pittsburgh Maulers – Taylor Grimes, WR, Incarnate Word
  3. Houston Gamblers – Alex Jensen, OL, South Dakota
  4. Memphis Showboats – Nehemiah Shelton, CB, San Jose State
  5. New Orleans Breakers – Darius Hagans, RB, Virginia State
  6. New Jersey Generals – Jermaine McDaniel, DE, North Carolina A&T
  7. Philadelphia Stars – Demontrey Jacobs, OL, South Florida
  8. Birmingham Stallions – Grant Dubose, WR, Charlotte

Round 8

  1. Michigan Panthers – Andrew Farmer II, OLB, Lane College
  2. Pittsburgh Maulers – CJ Turner, WR, SE Louisiana
  3. Houston Gamblers – Brady Russell, TE, Colorado
  4. Memphis Showboats, Trea Shropshire, WR, UAB
  5. New Orleans Breakers – Jake Bobo, WR, UCLA
  6. New Jersey Generals – Adam Korsak, P, Rutgers
  7. Philadelphia Stars – Trey Botts, DL, Colorado State-Pueblo
  8. Birmingham Stallions – Mark Evans II, Ol, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Round 9

  1. Michigan Panthers – Chim Okorafor, OT, Benedictine
  2. Pittsburgh Maulers – Jacob Slade, DT, Michigan State
  3. Houston Gamblers – Jason Taylor II, S, Oklahoma State
  4. Memphis Showboats – Silas Dzansi, OT, Virginia Tech
  5. New Orleans Breakers – Alex Palczewski, OT, Illinois
  6. New Jersey Generals – Jalen Holston, RB, Virginia Tech
  7. Philadelphia Stars – Destin Mack, CB, Citadel
  8. Birmingham Stallions – B.J. Thompson, DE, Stephen F. Austin

Round 10

  1. Michigan Panthers – Sidy Sow, OG, Eastern Michigan
  2. Pittsburgh Maulers – Ethan Evans, K, Wingate
  3. Houston Gamblers – Colby Reeder, LB, Iowa State
  4. Memphis Showboats – Antonio Fletcher, S, Southern Illinois
  5. New Orleans Breakers – Tyler Baker-Williams, CB, NC State
  6. New Jersey Generals – Nick Zecchino, LS, Purdue
  7. Philadelphia Stars – Dre Terry, LB, Alabama A&M
  8. Birmingham Stallions – Starling Thomas V, CB, UAB
  9. New Jersey Generals – Rey Estes, CB, Grambling State**