USFL Week 8: New Jersey Generals top Pittsburgh Maulers
Week 8 of the USFL season kicked off Friday, as the Generals took down the Maulers by double digits. Here are the top plays!
Week 8 of the USFL season kicked off Friday with a heated matchup between the Pittsburgh Maulers and the New Jersey Generals, who started strong on the way to their seventh-straight victory, 29-18.
The Generals improve to 7-1 on the season, while the Maulers fall to 1-7.
Here are the top plays from Friday's game.
New Jersey Generals 29, Pittsburgh Maulers 18
Generals strike first
New Jersey took advantage of its opening drive by grabbing a quick six points, courtesy of RB Darius Victor.
Darius Victor hammers in a 2-yard TD
Maulers QB Roland Rivers got things going early for his team in his first start for Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh fired back with a score of its own on the ensuing drive, thanks to the fancy footwork of Rivers.
Roland Rivers ties it up with a 5-yard TD run
The Generals started the second quarter the same way they started the first — with a TD.
Third time's the charm
The Generals came up with their third score of the night on a 24-yard TD pass from QB Luis Perez to WR KaVontae Turpin, good for a healthy double-digit lead heading into the break.
New Jersey added three more points ahead of the half on a monster 50-yard field goal, good for a 23-7 lead.
The Generals' defense came out in full force in the second half. First, Dravon Askew-Henry took down Tre Walker on the kickoff return.
Then, Generals tackle Toby Johnson took down Rivers with a huge sack.
The Maulers added three points to close out the third frame with a record-setting 61-yard field goal.
Maulers' Ramiz Ahmed drills a 61-yard FG to set a USFL record
New Jersey rolls
Victor punched in his third score of the night to extend the Generals' lead to 29-10 early in the fourth quarter.
Maulers make their move
The Maulers made a run for it late in the game, scoring midway through the final frame and adding a two-point conversion to keep things close, 29-18.
Pittsburgh opted for an alternative onside kick — a unique USFL rule where a team can elect to go for it from fourth-and-12 from their own 33-yard line to earn possession.
Rivers found recent Maulers free-agent signee Jalen McCleskey for a gain of 18 yards to keep the ball, but it ended in a missed field goal, and things ended there.