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USFL roundup: Gamblers rally past Maulers in fourth quarter

Field Level Media
04 Jun 2023, 11:40 GMT+10

Mark Thompson's late 33-yard touchdown run capped the Houston Gamblers' 20-19 comeback victory against the Pittsburgh Maulers in USFL action Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

Chris Blewitt missed a 41-yard field goal for Pittsburgh (2-6) with 1:55 left and Houston (5-3) won for the fifth time in six games. The Maulers, who led 16-6 entering the fourth quarter, have lost three straight.

Pittsburgh took a 13-0 lead on Troy Williams' 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a pair of Blewitt field goals (22 and 54 yards) in the second quarter.

The Gamblers got on the board late in the first half with a 23-yard TD run by Thompson, who finished with 98 yards on 14 carries.

After Blewitt's 33-yard field goal extended Pittsburgh's lead to 16-6 in the third quarter, Houston began its comeback with a 14-yard TD pass from Kenji Bahar to Keke Chism. Blewitt pushed Pittsburgh's lead back to 19-13 with his fourth field goal before Thompson's late score.

Stallions 27, Stars 24

Alex McGough connected with La'Michael Pettway for a 7-yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds remaining to lift host Birmingham over Philadelphia.

Trailing 24-20, the Stallions (6-2) went 65 yards on nine plays for the go-ahead score, then clinched the victory when Nate Brooks intercepted Stars quarterback Case Cookus with two seconds remaining.

McGough was 24 of 35 for 333 passing yards, including touchdowns to Davion Davis (17 yards), Jace Sternberger (10) and Pettway. Davis had four receptions for 120 yards and one score.

Cookus was 20 of 32 for 265 yards, three TDs and one interception for the Stars (4-4). Corey Coleman caught four passes for 107 yards, including a 24-yard TD.

--Field Level Media

--Field Level Media

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