USFL Week 5: Tampa Bay Bandits outlast Michigan Panthers
Week 5 at USFL season began with a fun matchup Friday, as the Tampa Bay Bandits preceded by Michigan Panthers.
The Bandits improved to 3-2 on the season, while the Panthers fell to 1-4.
Here are the top games from Michigan and Tampa Bay:
Tampa Bay Bandits 27, Michigan Panthers 20
The panthers came first
The Panthers pulled off a wild, double-pass touchdown as QB Shea Patterson passed to WR Joe Walker, who hit TE Ryan O’Malley for a 30-yard score to put the Panthers on board early.
Shea Patterson, Panthers completed a DOUBLE-PASS TD against the Bandits
Shea Patterson and the Michigan Panthers released tricks for a USFL style touchdown against the Tampa Bay Bandits.
Play a trick!
On the ensuing drive in Tampa Bay, the Bandits responded with their own brand – in a non -traditional way.
On the run back, Juwan Washington spread the ball, which was picked up by Bandits QB Jordan Ta’amu, who threw a 50-yard touchdown to wide receiver Derrick Dillon.
Ta’amu of the bandits throws a deep shot at Dillon in flea flicker for game-tying TD
Tampa Bay Bandits QB Jordan Ta’amu fired a deep shot to WR Derrick Dillon in a flea flicker for a game-changing touchdown against the Michigan Panthers.
Things broke 7-7 into the second quarter.
Plus where from
The Panthers continued to pour in trick play, as kicker Cole Murphy teamed up with RB Cameron Scarlett for a 9-yard gain and a clutch first at the bottom, resulting in a aim at the field and 10-7 more for Michigan.
The ground game is fast
Washington redeemed itself with a quick score late in the frame to give the Bandits a 13-10 lead.
Not too fast!
The Panthers ’defense was relentless in the final minutes of the first half, knocking out Ta’amu.
The Panthers had one last possession to get a few points before the half, and they did that.
Patterson found receiver Lance Lenoir for the much-needed 41-yard gain, followed by another Michigan aim at the field to tie things at 13 to break.
The bandits kept coming back
Tampa Bay was the first to strike in the second half, as Ta’amu launched a 43-yard TD bomb to WR John Franklin, giving the Bandits a 20-13 advantage.
Ta’amu was looking for John Franklin III for a 43-yard TD to put the Bandits down
Bandits QB Jordan Ta’amu found WR John Franklin III for a 43-yard touchdown pass, while Tampa Bay led by seven points.
Disaster struck Michigan
The Panthers struggled with the following possession, as Patterson was taken while trying to make a game in the red zone. It remained a seven -point game into the fourth quarter.
The Panthers ’luck returned in the middle of the fourth quarter, thanks to this shocking connection from Patterson and tight end La’Michael Pettway. As such, it’s a tie game once again.
Shea Patterson threw a perfect DIME to score against the Bandits
The Michigan Panthers leveled up the score against the Tampa Bay Bandits, thanks to a beautiful TD pass by Shea Patterson.
The Bandits found the end zone and led 27-20 on the next drive, courtesy of this smooth 30-yard TD from Washington.
Game that binds the game
The Panthers ran for it in their next possession, but it was another miscue for Michigan. After throwing a throw from Patterson, Scarlett fumbled the ball in midfield, and Tampa Bay recovered it.
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