Week 9 of the USFL season kicks off Saturday with the New Jersey Generals (7-1) and the Michigan Panthers (1-7) in action.
The Generals are atop the North but haven’t clinched the division just yet. They need to win Saturday against the Panthers, which are one of the three 1-7 teams entering this week.
Here are the top plays.
New Jersey Generals vs. Michigan Panthers
New Jersey received the opening kickoff and ended the first drive with a missed field goal, but a big man interception by Toby Johnson put the Generals back in scoring position.
Austin Jones then redeemed himself with kick through the uprights to give New Jersey a 3-0 lead.
New Jersey extended its lead to 10-0 after KaVontae Turpin made USFL history with this punt return TD.
KaVontae Turpin takes it to the house for a 71-yard punt return touchdown
The New Jersey Generals take a 10-0 lead over the Michigan Panthers after KaVontae Turpin took a punt return 71 yards to the house for a touchdown.
Michigan got on the board when quarterback Josh Love found Joe Walker darting across the back of the end zone on fourth down for a two-yard score.
New Jersey answered immediately with some trickery from Cam Echols-Luper.
The flea flicker turned into a 24-yard rushing touchdown and the Generals extended the lead to 16-6 with less two minutes to go in the first half.
Generals’ trickery leads to a Cameron Echols-Luper score
The New Jersey Generals took a 16-6 lead after a trick play resulted in a Cameron Echols-Luper 24-yard TD
It didn’t take long for Michigan to respond.
With a minute left in the half, Love threw a touchdown to Ishmael Hyman for a 25-yard score.
Panthers’ Josh Love finds Ishmael Hyman for the score
The Panthers finally score a touchdown. This time, Josh Love found Ishmael Hyman, who powered it in from 25 yards.
The Panthers then added a two-point conversion via a connection between running back Cameron Scarlett and tight end Connor Davis.
With the score, Michigan cut the deficit to 16-14 heading into halftime.
New Jersey opened the second half with some defense, courtesy of Trae Elston, who grabbed this pick and put New the Generals in scoring position.
However, N.J. wasn’t able to create major damage, coming away with another field goal from Jones.
Eric Barriere said not so fast and gave Michigan its first lead, 20-19, with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Walker.
The completion was Walker’s second touchdown and gave him 129 receiving yards on the day.
Panthers’ WR Joe Walker Rises up for 22-yard TD grab
The Michigan Panthers took the lead over the New Jersey Generals 20-19 after Eric Barriere connected with Joe Walker who rose up to grab the 22-yard TD.
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