USFL Week 8: New Jersey Generals beat Pittsburgh Maulers

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Week 8 of USFL the season kicked off on Friday with a heated match between the Pittsburgh Maulers and the New Jersey Generalswho started strong on the way to his seventh straight victory, 29-18.

The Generals improve to 7-1 this season, while the Maulers drop to 1-7.

Here are the best plays from Friday’s game.

New Jersey Generals 29, Pittsburgh Maulers 18

Generals Strike First

New Jersey capitalized on their opener by grabbing six quick runs, courtesy of RB Darius Victor.

Darius Victor of the Generals hammers a two-yard touchdown

Darius Victor of the Generals hammers a two-yard touchdown

Darius Victor hammers a 2-yard rushing touchdown to give the New Jersey Generals a 7-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Maulers.

Bombs away!

Maulers QB Roland Rivers got things going early for his team in his first start for Pittsburgh.

Maulers responds

Pittsburgh fought back with its own score on the ensuing drive, thanks to some fancy footwork from Rivers.

Roland Rivers equalizes with a five-yard TD run

Roland Rivers equalizes with a five-yard TD run

Pittsburgh Maulers QB Roland Rivers keeps it himself for the five-yard touchdown run to tie the New Jersey Generals at 7.

Double Trouble

The Generals started the second quarter the same way they started the first – with a TD.

Darius Victor strikes in his second TD of the night

Darius Victor strikes in his second TD of the night

Darius Victor of the New Jersey Generals drives seven yards for his second touchdown of the night to retake the lead from the Pittsburgh Maulers.

The third time is the charm

The Generals scored their third score of the night on a 24-yard TD pass from QB Luis Perez to WR KaVontae Turpin, good for a healthy double-digit lead.

KaVontae Turpin fires up the jets for a 24-yard receiving TD

KaVontae Turpin fires up the jets for a 24-yard receiving TD

KaVontae Turpin fires up the jets for a 24-yard touchdown to give the New Jersey Generals a 21-7 lead over the Pittsburgh Maulers.

move away

New Jersey added three more points before halftime on a monstrous 50-yard field goal, good for a 23-7 lead.

By the way !

The Generals’ defense came out strong in the second half. First, Dravon Askew-Henry beat Tre Walker on the return from kickoff.

Bag!

Then Generals tackle Toby Johnson took down Rivers with a huge sack.

Record kick

The Maulers added three points to close out the third quarter with a field goal-record 61 yards.

Maulers’ Ramiz Ahmed drills a 61-yard FG to set USFL record

Maulers' Ramiz Ahmed drills a 61-yard FG to set USFL record

Pittsburgh Maulers kicker Ramiz Ahmed threw a field goal for 61 yards to set a USFL record.

New Jersey Rolls

Victor scored his third score of the night to extend the Generals’ lead to 29-10 early in the fourth quarter.

The Maulers move

The Maulers ran towards the end of the game, scoring in the middle of the last frame and adding a two-point conversion to keep things close, 29-18.

Alternate Kick Off

Pittsburgh opted for a alternate kick – a unique USFL rule where a team can choose to go fourth-and-12 from their own 33-yard line to gain possession.

Rivers found recent Maulers free agent Jalen McCleskey for an 18-yard gain to keep the ball, but it ended in a missed field goal, and that was it.


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