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Pittsburgh Maulers Outlast Michigan Panthers 23-7 in USFL Showdown

Maulers’ Defense Dominates as Both Teams Move to 2-3 in Standings

In a battle that saw both teams fighting to rise in the USFL standings, the Pittsburgh Maulers outplayed the Michigan Panthers in a 23-7 victory. The Maulers’ well-rounded performance lifted them to a 2-3 record, the same as the Panthers, and gave the fans much to cheer about.



Offensive Breakdown

Quarterback Troy Williams of the Maulers led the charge, completing 15 of his 19 pass attempts for 184 yards, throwing two touchdowns and one interception. His rushing game was equally impressive, recording 10 attempts for 59 yards and scoring a touchdown.

On the receiving end, Isiah Hennie had a standout performance with six receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown. Bailey Gaither also chipped in with four receptions for 89 yards.

The Panthers’ offensive unit, on the other hand, couldn’t match the Maulers’ intensity, failing to put any points on the board after the first quarter.

Defensive Breakdown

The Maulers’ defense was a force to be reckoned with, holding the Panthers to just 7 points. Bryce Torneden, Eli Walker, and Dale Warren were the top contributors, with Torneden and Walker each notching four tackles, while Warren led the team with six tackles.

Mark Gilbert, the Maulers’ cornerback, also had a significant impact, notching an interception.

Michigan’s defense had some moments, but it wasn’t enough. Vantrel McMillan had a team-high three tackles and a sack, while Josh Butler and Levonta Taylor each added two tackles. However, they failed to secure any interceptions.

Special Teams Breakdown

Chris Blewitt, the Maulers’ kicker, had a solid game, converting two extra points and one field goal from the 20-29 yard range. On the other side, Michigan’s special teams couldn’t contribute much to the scoreline, failing to capitalize on any field goal opportunities.

Game Summary

This game was largely decided by the Maulers’ superior offensive execution and solid defense. Pittsburgh’s Troy Williams had a standout performance, showcasing his skills both in the air and on the ground, while their defense managed to keep the Panthers’ offense at bay.

On the other hand, the Panthers were unable to crack the Maulers’ defense after the first quarter and their offense failed to sustain drives. Their defense, despite some decent individual performances, couldn’t change the tide of the game.

The Maulers will look to use this victory as a springboard to climb the USFL standings, while the Panthers will need to regroup and resolve their offensive issues before their next outing.

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
11Troy WilliamsQB151918421105910000
37Garrett GroshekRB000001122011910
9Madre LondonRB0000041500000
4Bailey GaitherWR0000013058940
17Isiah HennieWR00000312076261
38Josh SimmonsWR000000001-110
89Tre WalkerWR0000011102710
 Total 15191842130122116176131


# 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 StrongQB1323940131001-210
12Josh LoveQB81268111300000
3Reggie CorbinRB0000091101310
2Stevie Scott IIIRB000005-6021420
80Cole HikutiniTE000000001511
82Josh BabiczTE000000001000
85Marcus BaughTE0000000062340
20AJ RichardsonWR000000001910
13Ishmael HymanWR0000000054340
8Joe WalkerWR0100000092720
18Trey QuinnWR0000000074050
 Total 2136162121818034162211

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