USFL Week 8 highlights: Gamblers rally to stun Maulers

USFL Week 8 highlights: Gamblers rally to stun Maulers

Jun 3

Week 8 of the USFL is here and the race for the postseason remains extremely tight. Entering the weekend, all eight teams were still in the mix with only three weeks left in the regular season, making this weekend's games more important than ever.

The action kicked off Saturday when the Houston Gamblers (5-3) took on the North Division's last-place Pittsburgh Maulers (2-6), rallying for a 20-19 victory in Canton, Ohio.

Later, the league's division leaders will face off when the Birmingham Stallions (5-2) host the Philadelphia Stars (4-3).

Here are the top moments!

Houston Gamblers 20, Pittsburgh Maulers 19

Maulers want to start fast

Opening drive success!

Quarterback Troy Williams went 5-of-5 for 27 yards and the Maulers went on a 10-play, 76-yard drive capped off by a two-yard Williams touchdown run. 

Hennie on the gas!

Williams connected with speedster Isaiah Hennie, who hit the gas after the reception, going for 28 yards. 

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Houston gets on the board

The Gamblers got on the board just before halftime with a 23-yard rushing touchdown by Mark Thompson, his 12th of the season, to cap off a nine-play, 73-yard drive.

At halftime, the Maulers led the Gamblers 13-6.

Big drive for Pitt!

After a series of punts by both squads, the Maulers manufactured a solid drive with a couple of impressive plays, including this 31-yard reception by Bailey Gaither

Despite the impressive drive, the Maulers had to settle for a field goal after their drive stalled, but they led 16-6 late in the third.

Houston makes it interesting!

Houston's comeback started with an impressive drive, capitalized by a spectacular 14-yard touchdown reception from Kenji Bahar to Keke Chism. Pitt led 16-13 early in the fourth.

Pittsburgh extends its lead

The Maulers struggled to get the ball in the end zone in the second half, but extended their lead midway through the fourth with a 52-yard field goal by Chris Blewitt, extending Pitt's lead to a touchdown, 19-13.

Houston takes the lead late!

After forcing a field goal on its previous drive, the Gamblers took the lead with just under five minutes to play, thanks to a 33-yard touchdown run from the league leader in rushing touchdowns, Mark Thompson. 

Houston took a 20-19 lead.

Pregame scene