Week 4 in the rebooted USFL kicked off Friday with a late-night thriller between the Michigan Panthers and victorious Philadelphia Stars.
USA TODAY Sports offers up some takeaways from all the action so :
Brutal finish for Jeff Fisher’s Michigan Panthers
It seemed a lock that the Panthers were going to level their record at 2-2 after running back Reggie Corbin plowed ahead for 2 yards on third-and-1 at the Philadelphia 5-yard line with 33 seconds to go. Philadelphia was out of timeouts and had yielded three third-down conversions on the Panthers’ drive that began with 5:17 to go.
Trailing 26-25, Michigan called timeout with 3 seconds to go to set kicker Michael Carrizosa up with a chip-shot field goal for the win.
Unfortunately, Carrizosa proved to be the goat rather than the hero. He booted the 21-yard field goal off the upright as the Stars hung on for a stunning victory.
Beyond dropping the Panthers to 1-3 on the season, the miss put a damper on what was a brilliant game for Corbin. He finished with 152 yards on 12 carries and scored an 88-yard touchdown that marked the longest run in the USFL this season.
Two games will be staged Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama. In the early matchup (2:30 p.m. ET, Peacock) the New Jersey Generals (2-1) will be taking on an 0-3 Pittsburgh Maulers team seeking their first win. The Maulers are the USFL’s only winless squad, with 17-3, 30-23 and 24-0 losses on their ledger. In the nightcap (7 p.m. ET, Fox), the Tampa Bay Bandits take on the undefeated Birmingham Stallions (3-0).
On Sunday, the Houston Gamblers (1-2) and New Orleans Breakers (2-1) battle at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.