USFL Week 5 highlights: Pittsburgh Maulers batter Michigan Panthers

Week 5 of the USFL is upon us, marking the halfway point of the 2023 regular season, and we've got you covered with all the action from Saturday's slate!

Kicking things off, the Pittsburgh Maulers (2-3) faced the Michigan Panthers (2-3) in Detroit, pulling away to a 23-7 victory in a defensive struggle.

Up next on FOX, expect a fierce battle when the Birmingham Stallions (3-1) play host to the Houston Gamblers (2-2).

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

Here are the top moments!

Pittsburgh Maulers 23, Michigan Panthers 7

Panthers hit it big early!

The Panthers started their first offensive possession from Pittsburgh's 26-yard line after a 73-yard punt return from Ish Hyman

Five plays later, Josh Love hit Cole Hikutini for a 5-yard touchdown reception, putting the Panthers up 7-0 early. 

Pittsburgh answers back

The Maulers sustained a six-play, 80-yard drive, sparked by a huge 31-yard pass completion from Troy Williams to Bailey Gaither.

Williams finished off the drive with a 4-yard touchdown pitch to Mason Stokke, tying the game up at 7 late in the first.

Teams are trading blows!

Spurred by a forced fumble, Pittsburgh got a free offensive possession and made the best of it, scoring their second touchdown of the day, from Williams to Isaiah Hennie for a 5-yard touchdown. 

The Maulers led 14-7 early in the second quarter. 

Gaither does it again!

After reeling in a one-hander earlier in the game, Gaither gained 43 yards on another one-hander in the third quarter, setting the Maulers up on Michigan's 35-yard line. 

The Maulers led 17-7 late in the third quarter.

Williams put the game on ice

Williams put the Maulers up 23-7 in the final minutes of the game on a 13-yard rushing touchdown, for his second of the day, and Pittsburgh went on to earn the victory.

Pregame scene