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Michigan Panthers Dominate Houston Gamblers 29-13 in USFL Showdown

The Michigan Panthers displayed a dominant performance on both sides of the ball to defeat the Houston Gamblers 29-13 at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium on Sunday.



The game started off tight, with both teams scoring six points in the first quarter, but the Panthers’ offense soon took control, outscoring the Gamblers 13-7 in the second quarter and completely shutting them out in the second half.

Panthers quarterback Love had an exceptional performance, completing 18 of 20 passes for a 90.0% completion rate, throwing for 215 yards and three touchdowns without any interceptions. Love’s QBR of 151 showed his efficiency in leading the team to victory. Strong and Walker also contributed in the passing game, with Strong completing 5 of 5 passes for 34 yards and Walker attempting one pass.

On the ground, Scott III led the rushing attack for the Panthers with 12 carries for 61 yards and one touchdown, while Corbin chipped in with 9 carries for 29 yards. In total, the Panthers rushed for 90 yards and one touchdown on 26 attempts.

The Panthers’ receiving corps was headlined by Walker, who caught 6 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Quinn and Baugh also contributed with touchdown receptions. In total, the Panthers’ offense amassed 249 yards through the air on 23 completions.

Defensively, the Panthers were relentless, racking up 68 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles. Speaks led the team with 7 tackles, 3 sacks, and a forced fumble, while Dawkins and Saba each had an interception.

In contrast, the Gamblers struggled offensively. Quarterback Bahar completed just 13 of 22 passes for 109 yards and threw two interceptions, finishing with a QBR of 34.1. The Gamblers’ rushing attack was led by Pledger, who had 16 carries for 41 yards and 2 touchdowns, but the team’s total rushing yards were a modest 98.

The Gamblers’ defense couldn’t contain the Panthers’ offense, finishing with only 2 sacks and failing to force any interceptions. Tolson led the Gamblers with 8 tackles, while Walker and Bingham each recorded a sack.

Special teams played a role in the game as well, with Panthers’ kicker Murphy making 1 of 1 field goals and converting 2 of 4 extra points, while Vogel from the Gamblers did not attempt a field goal and made only 1 of 2 extra points.

With this victory, the Michigan Panthers have shown they are a force to be reckoned with in the USFL. They will look to continue their winning ways as the season progresses.

USFL Box Score


# Player Position Pass. CMP Pass. ATT Pass. YDS Pass. TD Pass. INT Rush. ATT Rush. YDS Rush. TD Rec. Targets Rec. YDS Rec. Rec. TD
11Carson StrongQB5534000000000
12Josh LoveQB1820215304000000
3Reggie CorbinRB00000929044190
2Stevie Scott IIIRB000001261111130
80Cole HikutiniTE000000002170
85Marcus BaughTE0000000032281
13Ishmael HymanWR0000000055320
8Joe WalkerWR01000000761051
9Marcus SimmsWR0000010011130
18Trey QuinnWR0000000033321
 Total 2326249302690126232493


# Player Position Pass. CMP Pass. ATT Pass. YDS Pass. TD Pass. INT Rush. ATT Rush. YDS Rush. TD Rec. Targets Rec. YDS Rec. Rec. TD
11Kenji BaharQB13221090221600000
3Terry WilsonQB0000021100000
4Devwah WhaleyRB0000073000000
29T.J. PledgerRB000001641252100
8Brandon BarnesTE000000001160
42Clint Sigg Jr.TE000000001100
85Josh PedersonTE0000000032230
1Anthony Ratliff-WilliamsWR0000000032130
17Justin HallWR0000000032200
81Keke ChismWR0000000031190
9Teo ReddingWR0000000032180
 Total 1322109022798222131090

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