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Stallions down Maulers to keep USFL crown

Apr 15, 2023; Birmingham, AL, USA; Birmingham Stallions quarterback Alex McGough (2) signals in the play as Birmingham Stallions head coach Skip Holtz talks on a walkie-talkie during the first half of a USFL football game against the New Jersey Generals at Protective Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Alex McGough tossed three of his four touchdown passes to Deon Cain as the Birmingham Stallions won back-to-back USFL championships with a 28-12 victory over the Pittsburgh Maulers on Saturday night in Canton, Ohio.

The Stallions (10-2) trailed 3-0 early then took control of the game, outscoring the Maulers 28-9 over the final three quarters in defeating Pittsburgh (5-7) for the second time this season.

Kicker Chris Blewitt accounted for all of the Maulers’ points by making four of five field-goal attempts, nailing kicks of 37, 36, 55 and 51 yards.

McGough was 18-of-25 passing for 243 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He added nine rushing attempts for a team-high 64 yards as Birmingham outgained Pittsburgh 150-98 on the ground.

Cain scored touchdowns on three of his four receptions for a game total of 70 yards. The scores were for 3, 20 and 40 yards.

Teammate Jace Sternberger caught three passes for 65 yards, and Davion Davis caught three — including a 42-yard TD pass — for 55 total yards.

The Birmingham defense was led by safety JoJo Tillery with 10 tackles (six solo), one of the team’s six sacks, and a forced fumble.

Pittsburgh quarterback Troy Williams completed 24 of 37 passes for 143 yards and no scores or interceptions. Williams added a team-high 38 yards on four carries, but he lost one of his two fumbles.

The Stallions totaled more yards, 357-202, and averaged 7.1 yards per play to 3.3 for the Maulers.

–Field Level Media

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