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USFL roundup: Case Cookus leads Stars past Panthers

May 1, 2022; Birmingham, AL, USA; Michigan Panthers quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) throws against the Pittsburgh Maulers during the first half at Protective Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Case Cookus passed for 247 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 118 yards and one TD on four carries as the Philadelphia Stars routed the Michigan Panthers 46-24 Sunday in Birmingham, Ala.

The Stars (5-3) scored in double digits in three of four quarters as Cookus completed 20 of 26 passes. The Panthers (1-7) scored 18 of their points in the second period.

The Panthers’ Paxton Lynch, a former NFL quarterback with the Denver Broncos, completed 27 of 40 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions.

Bandits 13, Gamblers 3

Jordan Ta’amu completed 12 of 21 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown to lead Tampa Bay past Houston.

Ta’amu’s TD pass came on a 7-yarder to Derrick Dillon as Tampa Bay (4-4) scored all of its points in the second quarter.

Houston (1-7) was led by quarterback Kenji Bahar, who was 19 of 34 for 159 yards, with one interception. He also rushed for a team-high 49 yards.

–Field Level Media