USFL Week 2 highlights: Birmingham Stallions blow out Memphis Showboats
Week 2 of the 2023 USFL season is here, and we've got you covered with all the action from the Showboats vs. the Stallions.
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The defending champion Birmingham Stallions closed things out Saturday in Birmingham, as they handled the USFL's newest team, the Memphis Showboats.
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Here are the top plays!
FINAL: Birmingham Stallions 42, Memphis Showboats 2
Memphis went three-and-out to begin the game. Then Birmingham was on the verge of punting the ensuing possession before quarterback Alex McGough hooked up with tight end Jace Sternberger going to his left for a 49-yard completion.
Two plays later, McGough threw a bullet, 16-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Davion Davis, giving the Stallions the early lead.
After another Memphis three-and-out, Birmingham picked up right where it left off.
A 20-yard completion to Myron Mitchell and a 23-yard completion to Sternberger put the Stallions in field goal range. Then one play after an 11-yard completion to Deon Cain, Zaquandre White ran in Birmingham's second score. The Stallions led 14-0 after the first quarter.
Moving the chains
Memphis converted a fourth-and-one from its own 41-yard line, as quarterback Brady White hit wide receiver Ryan McDaniel for the five-yard pickup and the first down.
However, the Showboats couldn't come up with points, as Alex Kessman missed a 48-yard field goal.
He cannot be stopped
Two plays after McGough hit Sternberger for a 28-yard completion, the two hooked up for a score.
Going to his left, McGough found Sternberger for a 25-yard touchdown. The touchdown reception was one of four catches for Sternberger in the first half, which totaled 123 yards.
Memphis got into field goal range before halftime, but White was intercepted by safety T.J. Carter in the end zone.
Birmingham led 21-0 at halftime.
Running away with it
Birmingham was set to punt it away on the opening possession of the second half, but Memphis was called for too many men on the field, giving the Stallions a new set of downs. One play later, White ran through the Showboats defense, evading a couple of tackles for a 35-yard touchdown.
It's a rout
Memphis got the ball past midfield after putting Ryan Willis in at quarterback, but Rashad Smith then strip-sacked Willis and Birmingham came up with the loose ball.
Six plays later, McGough hit tight end Thaddeus Moss for a 7-yard touchdown. The Stallions led 35-0.
The Showboats got on the board near the end of the third quarter when Jeremiah Valoaga sacked McGough in the end zone for a safety.
Memphis turned the ball over on downs at the Birmingham 5-yard line after the safety. The Stallions then ate up 8:43 on a 15-play drive that ended with a touchdown. McGough capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell.
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