USFL Week 3 highlights: Breakers fight past Stallions in thriller

USFL Week 3 highlights: Breakers fight past Stallions in thriller

Apr 29

Week 3 of the 2023 USFL season is here, and we've got you covered with all of Saturday's action!

Kicking things off in Birmingham, was a battle between two undefeated teams, as the New Orleans Breakers (3-0) handed the Birmingham Stallions (2-1) their first loss of the season. 

Later, the Memphis Showboats and the Houston Gamblers will both aim to lock down their first win of the season when the two face off in Memphis (7 p.m. ET, FOX).

See the full list of regular-season week-by-week matchups here.

Here are the top plays!

New Orleans Breakers 45, Birmingham Stallions 31

Birmingham out of the gate!

On the opening kickoff, the Stallions wasted no time as Deon Cain went 80 yards for a quick touchdown. 

New Orleans fires back quickly 

The Breakers answer Birmingham's quick TD with a 40-yard touchdown pass from McLeod Bethel-Thompson to Lee Morris, evening things up at seven apiece.

The Breakers got six the hard way

The Breakers went on a seven-play, 63-yard drive that took up nearly four minutes for a touchdown all thanks to Wes Hills who rushed for 55 yards and picked up eight reception yards on the drive. Hills has eight rushes for 62 yards in the first quarter and the Breakers lead 14-10.

McGough sidelined with an apparent head injury

McGough re-enters, throws an INT

In the middle of a Birmingham drive, Jerod Fernandez intercepted a pass by McGough, which later resulted in a field goal for the Breakers, who took a 17-10 lead with 7:56 left in the first half.

A break for the Stallions!

Two plays into their next drive, Bethel-Thompson threw an interception from their own 19-yard line, setting up the Stallion's first offensive touchdown of the day on a 1-yard CJ Marable rushing touchdown, evening things up at 17 apiece. 

NOLA sneaks in TD before the half!

In response to the Stallions last touchdown, Bethel-Thompson led a four-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, thanks to a 42-yard toss to Dee Anderson. 

Bethel-Thompson capped the 42-yard gain with a 19-yard touchdown pass back to Anderson as the Breakers regain their lead, 24-17. 

Stallions said one more!

Right when you thought the Breakers would have the last laugh before the half, Birmingham went on a swift seven-play, 66-yard drive to tie things up at halftime. McGough found Jace Sternberger for a 19-yard touchdown reception. 

At the half, the score was 24-all.

NOLA strikes first in the second half

In almost identical fashion from the first half, Bethel-Thompson hit Morris up the middle for a 34-yard touchdown, his third of the day, extending the Breakers' lead to seven early in the third quarter. 

The Breakers stretch it out

In what was possibly the best drive of the game, NOLA went eight plays for 80 yards for a 1-yard touchdown by Hills. The Breakers lead the Stallions 38-24 at the end of the third quarter.

Big game for Hills!

Stallions attempt a comeback

Birmingham answered NOLA's long drive with a lengthy drive of their own, going 70 yards in six plays for another touchdown pass for McGough. The Breakers' lead was cut to seven. 

Breakers make it a two-score game late

On an 11-play 71-yard drive that ate up seven minutes of the clock in the fourth quarter, Hills rushed two yards into the end zone for his third touchdown of the day. New Orleans jumps in front of Birmingham 45-31 with five minutes left in the game.

The Breakers remain undefeated!

New Orleans knocked off the Stallions on the road behind 34 carries for 191 yards and three touchdowns by Hills.

Pregame scene