Inauguration week 1 United States Soccer League the season has its first W in the books.
the Birmingham Stallions came from behind to defeat New Jersey Generals 28-24 in an instant classic Saturday on FOX.
Opening weekend action continues Sunday with three games starting at 12 p.m. ET.
Here are Saturday’s top games:
Birmingham Stallions 28, New Jersey Generals 24
Here we go !
Just like that, football was underway in April.
Start with a bang
Generals QB Luis Perez threw a 49-yard rocket to Randy Satterfield for an explosive first play of the day.
Generals Strike First
The duo followed that up with a quick 3-yard touchdown to take a lead early in the first quarter.
Luis Perez reunites with Randy Satterfield for the first touchdown of the USFL season
The Generals took a 7-0 lead over the Stallions after that Perez-Satterfield connection.
Stallions return the favor
Birmingham QB Alex McGough tied things up with a big 35-yard pass to Osirus Mitchell.
Alex McGough finds Osirus Mitchell on a 35-yard touchdown pass to tie the Stallions 7-7 with the Generals
The Stallions tied the score after a huge touchdown pass from McGough.
not so fast
Generals safety Shalom Luani beat anyone in his path and set the tone early with this tackle:
Football fans got their first glimpse of the new helmet camera, as Stallions linebacker DeMarquis Gates made the first sack of the season, knocking Perez seven yards away.
McGough’s deep pass down the middle was intercepted by Luani, and just like that, the first takeaway of the season was on the books.
The generals take the lead
Perez found tight end Braedon Bowman for a 13-yard score to regain the lead in the second quarter.
Luis Perez throws a NICE 13-yard scrambling TD pass against the Stallions
Perez threw a scenic touchdown pass to Braedon Bowman to help the Generals grab a 14-7 against the Stallions.
The Birmingham defense came up with a big play before halftime, as Stallions linebacker Scooby Wright knocked the ball out of Perez’s hands as the Generals QB tried to rush in for the first down.
Chaos in the backfield
After Stallions safety Nate Holley found the fumble, he followed it up with a huge hit on Generals QB De’Andre Johnson, who checked in for Perez.
The Generals had a 14-7 halftime lead.
Johnson raced up the middle to the Birmingham 25-yard line, but the Generals were unable to capitalize on the big pickup, and it remained a seven-point game midway through the third quarter.
Smith found Vic Bolden for a 17-yard pickup to move the Stallions downfield.
Then Stallions running back CJ Marable found the end zone on a quick 3-yard run to level things at 14 before the last frame.
CJ Marable drives down the middle for TD to tie the Stallions against the Generals
Marable tied the game for the Stallions with a third-quarter rushing touchdown against the Generals in the USFL’s season opener.
Turn on the jets
The Generals were first to strike in the fourth quarter, as Johnson won for the score, capping an 11-play, 65-yard drive with the score to make it 21-14 early in the frame.
DeAndre Johnson shows athleticism to dive in rushing TD to help Generals regain lead over Stallions
Johnson gave the Generals the lead against the Stallions with an impressive fourth quarter touchdown.
The Stallions had something to say about it on the ensuing possession, as Smith teamed up with tight end Cary Angeline fox six to tie things up once again.
J’Mar Smith finds Cary Angeline for a Stallions TD to tie the game in the fourth quarter against the Generals
Stallions QB Smith hits TE Cary Angeline in the middle for the touchdown pass to tie the game at 21 late in the fourth quarter of the USFL Opener.
On the wire
The Generals took a 24-21 lead with less than two minutes left after hitting a 47-yard field goal.
But the generals’ advance was short-lived.
With 29 seconds to spare, Smith found the end zone, capping a 10-game scoring drive to give the Stallions a 28-24 advantage which they held on to secure victory.
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