by RJ Young
FOX Sports Writer
Birmingham, Alabama — Bo Scarbrough went down. Michigan Panthers at ‘Birmingham Stallion’ 33-17 Win at Protective Stadium on Saturday night.
The win extended the Stallions streak to six games and became the only undefeated team in the US Football League.
Scarbrough hit 105 rushing yards with 16 carry on the night Stallions top running-back CJ Marable missed with an injury. Stallions also missed starting linebacker Scooby Wright for the second game in a row.
Bo Scarbrough dominates in Stallions’ 33-17 win
Bo Scarbrough rushed 105 yards and a touchdown in Birmingham Stallions’ win over the Michigan Panthers on Saturday night.
“We are doing this for this team. [Michigan Panthers] Scarborough said: [Holtz] Talk about the week and the week. We want it to be 1-0 every week. We prepare each team the same way.”
For Scarbrough, it wasn’t a coming-out party in Birmingham, it was an old hat. It’s easy to see how the former Alabama star became one of the leading running backs of the Nick Saban era, and why Stallions coach Skip Holtz wanted to include him on his roster.
Holtz, who won the College Football Playoff national title twice with Crimson Tide, is adamant that Scarbrough will benefit the Stallions as he comes from a program accustomed to winning.
“He’s physically strong,” Holtz said. “He runs hard. He averages 6 yards at 105 yards in my opinion, but he’s also humble. He is hardworking and loyal.”
It was also necessary as Stallions’ pass attacks regressed. Former Louisiana Tech quarterback J’Mar Smith took the hook in the third quarter after starting a 12/25 game for 135 yards. Although he threw two TDs.
Former Florida International quarterback and Stallions #1 pick Alex McGough was relieved as he completed his only pass attempt from 40 yards.
It was a game where Stallions’ defense had two important takeaways, and Stallions’ safety JoJo Tillery recorded nine tackles, all solo, including the sack.
Holz said, “I wipe my slate clean every Sunday and go to work with a 1:0 mindset,” he said. All the men in that locker room.”
back and forth
Panthers kicker Cole Murphy led Michigan 3-0 in the first quarter with a kick from 56 yards. This is the longest kick in the first USFL season.
Stallions kicker Brandon Aubrey responded with a 22-yard field goal on the first drive with 2:07 left in the first quarter.
However, in the second quarter, wideout Osirus Mitchell started the attack by switching a quick hitch to a 30-yard TD, taking the Stallions 10-3 with 11 minutes and 28 seconds left in the first half.
After a 40-minute lightning delay, the Panthers switched a defensive stop to the first TD of the evening and quarterback Shea Patterson sneaked into the Stallions’ end zone. Murphy’s additional goal made the score 10-10, leaving 4:11 in the first half.
Panthers QB Shea Patterson throws 209 yards in Week 6
Michigan Panthers quarterback Shea Patterson threw 209 yards and a touchdown in Week 6’s loss to the Birmingham Stallions.
As halftime approached, the Birmingham defense recovered a mistake from the Michigan 18-yard line and scored a field goal with 1:42 minutes left in the first half to take a 13-10 lead.
Stallions made another scoring drive in the locker room as Smith threw the night’s first TD pass at Tony Brooks-James, who moved to the wide receiver last week and returned to running back with an injury. to Marble.
However, Aubrey missed an extra point to keep the score at 19-10, a one-point game in the USFL. However, after Patterson threw a TD pass to wide Devin Ross, Michigan manager Jeff Fisher opted for a traditional extra point kick and Stallions held the 19-17 lead with 1:36 in the third.
Birmingham’s defense strengthens
It was the last time the Panthers were within hitting range with the Stallions keeping the running back at 71 rush yards with 16 carry and the Panthers as a team keeping the running back at 91 rush yards.
Patterson acquitted himself by completing 24 of 35 pass attempts for 209 yards, TD and interception. And he has proven once again that his most capable receiver is Lance Renoir, who has been targeted 12 times with 82 yards on 9 catches. Ross caught 7 of 8 targets at 65 yards with TD.
Smith’s shaky play throughout the third quarter was enough to try McGough as a quarterback with Holtz just over a minute left in the third. But Holtz said the plan was always to play McGough.
“I think we have two quarterbacks who can win enough,” Holz said. “And I think both will play a role. And before it ends at this point and right now, we need both. We both have game experience and have two quarterbacks who have won football matches. And that’s a good thing.”
McGough turned out to be good enough with his leg and excelled even further, reaching out to Scarbrough, who punched his first USFL TD from 28 yards with 11 minutes and 20 seconds left in the game. It gave the Stallions a 26-17 lead.
Birmingham’s Bo Scarbrough dives for a fast-dash TD.
Bo Scarbrough uses a combination of speed and power for his 28-yard rushing TD for the Birmingham Stallions.
On the drive that followed, Patterson’s pass attempt was knocked down by defensive tackle Willie Yarbary and defensive end Johnny Newsome snatched it up in the air for an interception. It was the 11th takeaway of Stallians’ six games.
McGough switched the third and 26 to wide receiver Peyton Ramzy, giving McGough a chance to become the decorative TD for the game.
Stallions enter next week with injuries to three important defenders including Wright, Nate Holley and Brody Buck. Tillery even put a slot in the linebacker to fill the gap.
“It’s hard to get over that, but they have the next-gen mentality on the field and these guys have been incredibly good,” Holz said.
RJ Young is a national college football writer, FOX Sports analyst and podcast host.”Ranked #1 Show with RJ Young.” Follow him on Twitter. @RJ_YoungAnd “RJ Young Show” On YouTube. He’s not on StepMill.
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