USFL Score, highlights: Michigan Panthers hold off second-half surge from the Pittsburgh Maulers to win 33-21

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In a battle of two 1-8 teams, the Michigan Panthers defeat the Pittsburgh Maulers, 33-21, to end their season with another win. Michigan (2-8) will receive the first pick of each round in the 2023 USFL Draft. The Panthers other win this season also came against the Maulers in Week 3, where they shut Pittsburgh out 24-0.

Michigan got out to an early 21-0 lead. Pittsburgh had a second-half surge, getting within a 9-point deficit twice. The Panthers held off the Maulers and a final interception by Jameson Houston clinched the win for Michigan.

The Panthers’ passing game was on display in this matchup. Quarterback Paxton Lynch has been battling an ankle injury but played the entire game today, completing 22 of 30 attempts for 275 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Meanwhile, the Panthers defense forced three Maulers turnovers, including a scoop-and-score for safety Cory Rahman in the first quarter.

Pittsburgh ends their season 1-9, the worst record in the USFL. Their lone win came in Week 5, where they defeated the Houston Gamblers 21-20.

Head coaches for the Michigan Panthers and Pittsburgh Maulers

Different coaching styles were be on display in this matchup. Defensive-minded Michigan head coach Jeff Fisher spent 22 years as an NFL head coach with the Oilers/Titans and Rams. This is his first head coaching job since leaving the Rams during the 2016 season. 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.

Michigan Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Maulers score, results, highlights

Final score: Michigan Panthers 33, Pittsburgh Maulers 21

1st quarter, 7:05 (Panthers): P.Lynch pass short left complete to PIT 4. Catch made by I.Hyman at PIT 4. Gain of 4 yards. I.Hyman for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

1st quarter, 2:58 (Panthers): M.Daniel rushed to MICH 35 for 2 yards. M.Daniel FUMBLES, forced by MICH. Fumble RECOVERED by MICH-C.Rahman at MICH 35. C.Rahman for yards, TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the runner was down by contact and the play was upheld.

2nd quarter, 11:09 (Panthers): P.Lynch pass complete to PIT 3. Catch made by L.Lenoir at PIT 3. Gain of 3 yards. L.Lenoir for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

2nd quarter, 1:25 (Maulers): R.Ahmed 23 yard field goal attempt is good, Center-M.Fraboni, Holder-.

3rd quarter, 2:46 (Panthers): C.Murphy 35 yard field goal attempt is good, Center-S.Griffin, Holder-.

4th quarter, 15:00 (Maulers): R.Rivers pass complete to MICH 5. Catch made by M.Seybert at MICH 5. Gain of 5 yards. M.Seybert for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

4th quarter, 11:45 (Maulers): V.Lee pass complete to MICH 13. Catch made by I.Hennie at MICH 13. Gain of 13 yards. I.Hennie for 13 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

4th quarter, 6:22 (Panthers): P.Lynch pass complete to PIT 5. Catch made by M.Baugh at PIT 5. Gain of 5 yards. M.Baugh for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

4th quarter, 3:49 (Maulers): V.Lee pass complete to MICH 23. Catch made by I.Hennie at MICH 23. Gain of 23 yards. I.Hennie for 23 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

4th quarter, 2:18 (Panthers): C.Murphy 44 yard field goal attempt is good, Center-S.Griffin, Holder-.

Michigan Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Maulers reaction and coverage

3:12 p.m. ET: The clock winds down and Michigan wins their second game of the season.

Final score for Birmingham: Panthers 33, Maulers 21

3:09 p.m. ET: Michigan interception! Jameson Houston picks off Vad Lee’s pass. The Panthers take over at their own 38.

3:01 p.m. ET: Cole Murphy’s 44-yard field goal attempt is good to give Michigan a 12-point lead.

Michigan 33, Pittsburgh 21 with 2:18 left.

2:56 p.m. ET: Pittsburgh goes for the possession play after their touchdown. The attempt is unsuccessful and Michigan will have the ball at the Pittsburgh 33.

2:54 p.m. ET: Don’t count Pittsburgh out just yet! Vad Lee to Isiah Hennie for the score. The Maulers’ 2-point conversion attempt is no good.

Michigan 30, Pittsburgh 21 with 3:39 on the clock.

2:44 p.m. ET: Lynch finds Marcus Baugh in the end zone and the Panthers have some breathing room. The extra point attempt is no good.

Michigan 30, Pittsburgh 15 with 6:17 remaining.

2:41 p.m. ET: Paxton Lynch connects with La’Michael Pettway to put Michigan at the Pittsburgh 5.

2:31 p.m. ET: Touchdown Maulers! Vad Lee finds Isiah Hennie for 6. Pittsburgh’s 2-point conversion is no good.

Michigan 24, Pittsburgh 15 with 11:04 on the clock. With the USFL’s 3-point conversion rule, it’s a one-possession game from Birmingham.

2:20 p.m. ET: Maulers go for 3 after the TD. Their attempt is no good.

Michigan 24, Pittsburgh 9 with 14:56 to play.

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2:19 p.m. ET: Rivers finds Matt Seybert in the endzone for a Pittsburgh touchdown! After being shut down by Michigan in Week 3, this is the Maulers’ first touchdown against the Panthers.

2:15 p.m. ET: The third quarter comes to a close. The Maulers will start the fourth quarter on the Michigan 5.

Michigan 24, Pittsburgh 3

2:11 p.m. ET: Roland Rivers finds DelVon Hardaway DEEP for a gain of 47 yards. Maulers are at the Michigan 20, looking for their first touchdown of the game.

2:05 p.m. ET: Maulers defense holds Michigan to a field goal attempt after the Panthers got down to 1-yard line. Cole Murphy’s 35-yard attempt is good.

Panthers 24, Maulers 3 with 2:41 left in the third.

1:48 p.m. ET: Michigan goes for it on fourth-and-3. Maulers defense stops the Panthers as Paxton Lynch is sacked for a loss of 7. Pittsburgh will take over at their own 45-yard line.

1:44 p.m. ET: The second is underway from Birmingham!

1:32 p.m. ET: The first half comes to a close. Michigan 21, Pittsburgh 3

1:30 p.m. ET: Pittsburgh pick! Blaze Alldredge intercepts Paxton Lynch’s pass. The Maulers will takeover at the Michigan 47 with 0:08 left in the half.

1:22 p.m. ET: Ramiz Ahmed’s 23-yard field goal attempt is good and the Maulers are on the board! Michigan 21, Pittsburgh 3 with 1:21 on the clock.

12:53 p.m. ET: Paxton connects with Lance Lenoir for another Panthers touchdown! The extra point is good and Michigan is out, 21-0 with 11:05 left in the half.

12:50 p.m. ET: Stevie Scott goes on the run for a 59 yard gain. There’s a penalty on the Maulers defense and the Panthers are knocking from the Pittsburgh 5.

12:32 p.m. ET: Michigan scoop-and-score! Cory Rahman recovers a Maulers fumble and takes it to the end zone. Extra point is good and the Panthers extend their score.

14-0 from Legion Field with 2:45 left in the first quarter.

12:23 p.m. ET: Panthers touchdown! Paxton Lynch finds Ishmael Hyman in the end zone. The extra point attempt is good.

Michigan gets out to a 7-0 lead with 6:59 in the first.

12:18 p.m. ET: It’s a big-time play for Michigan’s special teams as the Panthers recover a fumbled punt return. Michigan takes over at the Pittsburgh 22-yard line.

12:07 p.m. ET: The last day of the regular season is underway from Legion Field!

Head coaches for the Michigan Panthers and Pittsburgh Maulers

Different coaching styles will be on display in this matchup. Defensive-minded Michigan head coach Jeff Fisher spent 22 years as an NFL head coach with the Oilers/Titans and Rams. This is his first head coaching job since leaving the Rams during the 2016 season. 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.

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  • When: Sunday, June 19 at 12:00 p.m. ET on USA Network
  • Where: Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama