USFL Championship: Stallions Leading Stars in Canton

A champion will be crowned tonight in Canton, Ohio.

the United States Football League‘s inaugural championship game is underway on FOX and on the FOX Sports app, with the Birmingham Stallions taking on the Philadelphia Stars at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

Here are the top moments from Sunday’s action.

Birmingham Stallions vs. Philadelphia Stars

Setting the stage

A new era of professional football was born when the USFL kicked off in April, and after 10 weeks of regular-season action and one round of playoffs, things came to a close with the title game.


The Stars went three-and-out on their opening drive, while the Stallions used their first possession to take a three-point lead after a big gain from Bobby Holly set them up for an early field goal†

Philadelphia was quick to fire back with a field goal of its own, tying the score at 3-3.

Things didn’t stay tied for long, however, as Birmingham found the end zone as the first quarter came to a close, thanks to the fancy footwork of Stallions running back Bo Scarbrough.

Stallions’ Bo Scarbrough breaks off 36-yard TD run

Stallions' Bo Scarbrough breaks off 36-yard TD run

Bo Scarbrough’s 36-yard touchdown helped the Birmingham Stallions score the first touchdown in Sunday’s USFL championship game against Philadelphia.

With the score, the Stallions took a 10-3 lead headed into the second quarter.


Stars QB Case Cookus dropped a dime of a back-shoulder toss to wideout Jordan Suell to bring Philly within one point early in the second frame, 10-9.

Stars’ Case Cookus throws a beautiful TD in USFL championship game

Stars' Case Cookus throws a beautiful TD in USFL championship game

Cookus helped Philadelphia get its first touchdown in the USFL championship game, thanks to an impressive throw to Jordan Suell in the second quarter.

On the ensuing drive, Stallions QB J’Mar Smith got in on the action, connecting with Marlon Williams on a 41-yard bomb to give Birmingham a healthy lead once again, 17-9.

J’Mar Smith connects with Marlon Williams on a 41-yard TD pass

J'Mar Smith connects with Marlon Williams on a 41-yard TD pass

Birmingham QB J’Mar Smith found wide receiver Marlon Williams on a 41-yard score to give the Stallions a 17-9 lead in the second quarter.

The Stallions added another field goal ahead of the break to extend their lead, 20-9, after a monster run from Scarbrough put Birmingham deep in enemy territory.


The Stars came out swinging in the second half. They made the most of their single third-quarter drive, as Cookus pulled off a truly acrobatic throw on a crucial third down to bring Philly within five points, 20-15.

Case Cookus throws an acrobatic touchdown to Jordan Suell

Case Cookus throws an acrobatic touchdown to Jordan Suell

Case Cookus continues to be electric against Birmingham, as his passing score to Jordan Suell helps keep things close in the USFL championship game.

He then broke down the play on the sideline.


The Stallions had a chance to extend their lead early in the final frame, but a missed field goal kept it a one-score game.

The Stars then marched down the field to take the lead, their drive aided by a personal foul against Cookus. The QB then found Devin Gray for a TD as Philly took a 23-20 lead.

It was another misstep for Birmingham, as Stallions QB Alex McGough was picked off near the red zone, giving the Stars the ball right back midway through the frame. Philly wasn’t able to capitalize on the turnover, however, and punted it away after going three-and-out quickly.

McGough redeemed himself with a short touchdown pass to Victor Bolden that gave the Stallions back the lead, 26-23, with just over three minutes left to play.

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