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Philadelphia Stars Edge Out Memphis Showboats in Hard-Fought Victory, 27-23

In a thrilling USFL football matchup, the Philadelphia Stars narrowly defeated the Memphis Showboats with a final score of 27-23. The game showcased a strong performance from the Stars’ quarterback Cookus, who completed 20 of 29 passes for 212 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions, earning a QBR of 124.5.



The Stars got off to a solid start, scoring seven points in the first quarter and adding another 13 in the second. The Showboats responded with seven points in the first quarter and three in the second, leaving the halftime score at 20-10 in favor of Philadelphia. The third quarter saw both teams score seven points each, maintaining the Stars’ 10-point lead. The Showboats managed to score six points in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough to catch the Stars, who held on to their four-point advantage until the final whistle.

The Stars’ rushing attack was led by Cookus with seven carries for 31 yards, followed by Colburn II with five carries for 30 yards. In the receiving game, Gray had a standout performance, hauling in seven receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown. Rowland and Colburn II also contributed with a touchdown each.

On the defensive side, Dennis, Brown, and Coney each recorded six tackles for the Stars, while Stribling added an interception. The Stars’ defense managed to hold the Showboats to two touchdowns and one field goal, while also registering a total of 58 tackles and four pass deflections.

For the Showboats, White completed 16 of 29 passes for 182 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception, while also rushing for 29 yards. Collins led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown. Davis and McDaniel each caught a touchdown pass, finishing with 75 and 44 receiving yards, respectively.

The Showboats’ defense was led by Warner with seven tackles, while Reed and Griffin each added six tackles. The team tallied a total of 63 tackles and five sacks, but unfortunately could not force any turnovers.

In special teams, Stars’ kicker Aguilar made three of four extra-point attempts but missed his only field goal attempt. Showboats’ kicker Kessman made one of two field goal attempts and two of three extra-point attempts.

The Philadelphia Stars will be looking to continue their winning momentum, while the Memphis Showboats will be aiming to bounce back from this hard-fought loss.

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 CookusQB20292123073100000
Dexter WilliamsRB0000091113130
5Matt Colburn IIRB00000530042141
84Pro WellsTE0000000011100
12Chris RowlandWR00000322043311
Corey ColemanQB, WR0000000044650
7Devin GrayWR0000000097771
14Diondre OvertonWR000000003130
2Jordan SuellWR000000001190
 Total 2029212302494129202123


# 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
3Brady WhiteQB16291822142900000
Cole KelleyQB2516000000000
Alex CollinsRB000001463195250
David HammRB000002100000
Daniel HelmTE0000000011190
Jay Jay WilsonTE000000006250
4Derrick DillonWR0000014042150
4Osirus MitchellWR000000001000
81Rashard DavisWR0000000032751
Ryan McDanielWR0000000064441
13Vinny PapaleWR0000000022150
 Total 1834198212197132181982

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