After an action -packed weekend, Week 7 at USFL season ended on Sunday with a stunning finish, as the Philadelphia Stars rallied to defeat Houston Gamblers35-24.
It was the sixth straight loss for the Gamblers (1-6), who have not won a game since Week 1.
Philly (4-3), on the other hand, has won three of its last four.
Here are the top games from Sunday’s game.
Philadelphia Stars 35, Houston Gamblers 24
Houston was well aware of the stakes and struck early with an aggressive defensive approach.
The Gamblers rushed Case Cookus with a storm of pressure, which hit him to force a shaking fall. The pass was picked up and taken to Donald Payne Jr.’s home in Houston.
With four minutes left before halftime, Stars Matt Colburn III rushed for a 4-yard touchdown, putting Philly in the lead, 13-10.
But Houston was able to squeeze another touchdown before the end of the half. Kenji Bahar completed a 6-yard pass to Brandon Barnes for a TD, putting the Gamblers back 17-13 just 17 seconds before the break.
After both teams scored on their initial third-quarter drives, the Gamblers put up a seven-play, 70-yard drive, which improved their lead to 24-13 thanks to a 9-yard touchdown run by Mark Thompson .
The Stars tried to respond back, heading into the bottom fourth, but the Gamblers tore up and stopped them.
By the end of the third, the Gamblers led 24-13.
In the first few seconds of the final quarter, Case Cookus threw the ball to Jordan Suell for a 39-yard touchdown pass. This helped the Stars cut the deficit to 24-20 with 14:55 left in the fourth.
Philadelphia immediately capitalized on an unbeaten field goal in Houston, taking a 27-24 lead after Darnell Holland finished off a 10-play 61-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.
On the next drive to Houston, Channing Stribling blocked Bahar’s passing attempt.
Philly immediately turned that into a field goal, getting a one-touchdown lead, 30-24 with 2:25 left in the game.
After a Bahar fumble, Stars kicker Luis Aguilar nailed a 41-yard field goal to extend the lead to 33-24.
Then, to end it all, the game ended in a safe. Philly beat Houston, 22-0 in the fourth quarter. Once again after taking the lead in the second half, the Gamblers fell to 1-6 this season and Philly improved to 4-3.
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