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Michigan Panthers Stage Comeback to Edge Philadelphia Stars 23-20, Clinch Playoff Spot

In an exciting USFL matchup, the Michigan Panthers staged an incredible comeback to defeat the Philadelphia Stars 23-20. This thrilling victory took place at the Panthers’ home field and was crucial for Michigan as it secured their spot in the USFL North Division Championship.



Philadelphia Stars Breakdown

The Philadelphia Stars came out strong in the first half, putting up a total of 20 points. Quarterback Case Cookus completed 24 of his 44 passes, accumulating 247 yards in the air and throwing 2 touchdowns. Cookus also added 48 yards on 7 rushing attempts.

Wide receivers Devin Gray and Terry Wright were Cookus’ top targets. Gray led the team in receiving yards with 62, pulling in 9 receptions. Terry Wright had 6 receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown, while Diondre Overton caught a 29-yard touchdown pass.

Running back Dexter Williams rushed 10 times for 13 yards but was unable to find the endzone. Kicker Luis Aguilar had a solid day, successfully converting 2 extra points and hitting a field goal from between 20-29 yards out.

On the defensive side, the Stars put up a good fight. Cornerback Stanford Samuels III was a standout, leading the team with 6 tackles. Safety Cody Brown and LaDarius Wiley each contributed with 3 tackles.

However, the Stars couldn’t keep their momentum going into the second half and failed to put any points on the board, which ultimately led to their downfall.

Michigan Panthers Breakdown

The Michigan Panthers struggled in the first half, only managing to put 6 points on the board. However, they rallied in the second half, scoring 9 points in the third quarter and 8 in the fourth, to clinch a 23-20 victory.

Quarterback E.J. Perry was the playmaker for the Panthers, completing 12 of his 23 passes for 121 yards. Perry also ran for 48 yards on 10 carries, scoring a crucial rushing touchdown.

Wide receiver Kaden Davis had a notable performance, with 3 receptions for 32 yards. Trey Quinn also had a good day, making 3 receptions for 44 yards. Reggie Corbin was the lead rusher with 12 carries for 24 yards.

On the defensive side, cornerback Stanford Samuels III had an impressive game with 6 tackles, identical to his counterpart on the Stars. Linebacker Joel Dublanko contributed with 4 tackles, and safety LaDarius Wiley made 3.

Kicker Cole Murphy had a successful day, converting 2 field goals, including a crucial one from 40-49 yards.

Up Next

With this victory, the Michigan Panthers have clinched a playoff spot and will face Pittsburgh in the USFL North Division Championship on Saturday, June 24, at Canton, Ohio. The game is expected to be a hard-fought battle and will be televised on NBC at 8 p.m.

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
10Case CookusQB24442472074800000
13Kevin ThomsonQB010000000000
27Dexter WilliamsRB000001013041310
Jamyest WilliamsRB0000062203810
88Pro WellsTE000000001000
1Corey ColemanWR0000000075540
Cyril GraysonWR000000001000
7Devin GrayWR00000000146290
14Diondre OvertonWR0000000042911
84Samuel AkemWR0000000022320
9Terry WrightWR0000000085761
 Total 2445247202383044247242


# 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
E.J. PerryQB122312100104810000
3Reggie CorbinRB00000122401910
2Stevie Scott IIIRB0000031200000
80Cole HikutiniTE000000001000
82Josh BabiczTE000000001510
20AJ RichardsonWR000000001810
8Joe WalkerWR0000000092330
Kaden DavisWR0000000043230
18Trey QuinnWR0000000064430
 Total 1223121002584123121120

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