USFL Championship: Stallions hold onto thriller stars for title

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Birmingham Stallions quarterback Alex McGough threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Victor Bolden Jr. at the end of the game, and linebacker Scooby Wright III had a pick six to seal USFL Championship Sunday night over the Philadelphia Stars, 33-30.

McGough was thrown into game after J’Mara Smith dealt with convulsions. He made an interception at the beginning of the fourth quarter and was clearly upset on the sidelines. Birmingham manager Skip Holtz assured McGaw that they would win the game.

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Victor Bolden Jr.  The Birmingham Stallions No. 7 runs with the ball on a kickoff return during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Stars in the USFL Championship Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on July 3, 2022 in Canton, Ohio.

Victor Bolden Jr. The Birmingham Stallions No. 7 runs with the ball on a kickoff return during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Stars in the USFL Championship Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on July 3, 2022 in Canton, Ohio.
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On the next drive, McGaugh gave Bolden the go-ahead for a touchdown.

McGough finished the game 7 of 10 with 77 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception. Smith was 10 of 18 with 131 passing yards and a touchdown.

Bo Scarborough ran 135 yards on 13 carries and scored. During the game, he broke a 70-yard ball. Marlon Williams led Birmingham with seven 105-yard catches and points. Bolden made six catches for 64 yards and scored.

#25 Bo Scarbro of the Birmingham Stallions poses with the Birmingham Stallions mascot after beating the Philadelphia Stars 33-30 to win the USFL Championship Game at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame on July 3, 2022 in Canton , Ohio.

#25 Bo Scarbro of the Birmingham Stallions poses with the Birmingham Stallions mascot after beating the Philadelphia Stars 33-30 to win the USFL Championship Game at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame on July 3, 2022 in Canton , Ohio.
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Bolden Selection of all USFLs in wide receivers and special teams was named the most valuable player in the championship.

USFL STARS BATTLE IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ‘Grateful’ for Chance to Play in the League

Philadelphia Stars quarterback Case Cookus (left) comes under pressure from the Birmingham Stallions inside linebacker Scooby Wright during the first half of a USFL league championship football game, Sunday, July.  February 3, 2022 in Canton, Ohio.

Philadelphia Stars quarterback Case Cookus (left) comes under pressure from the Birmingham Stallions inside linebacker Scooby Wright during the first half of a USFL league championship football game, Sunday, July. February 3, 2022 in Canton, Ohio.
(AP Photo/David Dermer)

In the win, Wright made three tackles. DeMarquis Gates led the team with nine tackles and two passes defended.

Philadelphia was down 20-9 in the half, but Case Cookus was able to lead a furious comeback.

In the third quarter, he made a second pass to Jordan Swell, bringing the game to five points. On their first drive in the fourth quarter, Cuckus scored a touchdown to Devin Gray. Sewell converted a two-point conversion and the Stars went up 26–23.

However, Kukus fell with a broken fibula and was taken off the field. Reserve KJ Costello would come in and lead the team to a late game count but couldn’t do enough to get Philadelphia into the championship.

Birmingham Stallions quarterback J'Mar Smith passes during the first half of a USFL football game against the Philadelphia Stars for the league championship, Sunday, July.  February 3, 2022 in Canton, Ohio.

Birmingham Stallions quarterback J’Mar Smith passes during the first half of a USFL football game against the Philadelphia Stars for the league championship, Sunday, July. February 3, 2022 in Canton, Ohio.
(AP Photo/David Dermer)

After all, it was a Birmingham night.

The championship wraps up the first season of the USFL.

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The Stallions were the best team in the USFL throughout the season, finishing the year 9-1 and winning the Southern Division. The team needed to beat the New Orleans Breakers to advance to the championship game.