USFL Score, highlights: New Jersey Generals defeat Philadelphia Stars, 24-16, with second half surge

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New Jersey defeated the Philadelphia Stars to move into first place in the USFL North Division. Both teams entered Sunday’s matchup 1-1 after wins last weekend.

The Stars got out to a quick start, scoring on their first drive and leading 10-3 at the half. Philadelphia’s Bryan Scott, the number one ranked quarterback in the USFL, sustained an injury and backup Case Cookus was at the helm for the second half, completing 13 of 20 attempts 146 yards, including a touchdown pass.

After a slow start, New Jersey settled into their ground game, with De’Andre Johnson taking on primary quarterback duties after splitting time with Luis Perez in the first half. The Generals rushed for 270 yards and three touchdowns, led by Trey Williams who had 19 carries for 111 yards. The Stars had no response for New Jersey’s run game, with the Generals scoring touchdowns on every drive of the second half.

Head coaches for New Jersey Generals and Philadelphia Stars

Both teams are led by coaches with extensive experience across multiple levels of football and championships at the professional level. New Jersey is led by 68-year-old Mike Riley, who was the head coach of the San Diego Chargers for three seasons from 1999-2001. His most recent head coaching job came in 2019, where he led the San Antonio Commanders in the AAF. Meanwhile, Philadelphia is led by 64-year-old Bart Andrus. Andrus was the head coach of the Amsterdam Admirals in the NFL Europe league from 2001-2007, leading the team to back-to-back World Bowls and the 2005 title. He has also coached in the CFL, UFL and XFL.

Generals vs. Stars score, results, highlights

Final score: New Jersey Generals 24, Philadelphia Stars 16

1st quarter, 11:23 (Stars): B.Scott pass deep middle complete to NJ 24. Catch made by B.Howard at NJ 24. Gain of 41 yards. B.Howard for 41 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

2nd quarter, 3:01 (Stars): M.Mengel 22 yard field goal attempt is good, Center-R.Navarro, Holder-C.Cookus.

2nd quarter, 0:29 (Generals): N.Rose 54 yard field goal attempt is good, Center-S.Flanick, Holder-B.Miller.

3rd quarter, 7:08 (Generals): D.Victor rushed left tackle to PHI End Zone for 4 yards. D.Victor for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

3rd quarter, 2:32 (Stars): C.Cookus pass complete to NJ 6. Catch made by D.Overton at NJ 6. Gain of 6 yards. D.Overton for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

4th quarter, 11:19 (Generals): D.Victor rushed up the middle to PHI End Zone for 1 yards. D.Victor for 1 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

Generals vs. Stars reaction and coverage

11:12 p.m. EST: The clock winds down and the Generals win their second consecutive game to move into first place in the North Division. Final score New Jersey 24, Philadelphia 16.

10:51 p.m. EST: QB De’Andre Johnson rushes into the end zone to extend New Jersey’s lead. Nick Rose’s extra point is good. Generals 24, Stars 16 with 6:19 remaining in the game.

10:35 p.m. EST: Darius Victor fights his way back into the end zone to end a 12-play, 76-yard drive for New Jersey. Nick Rose’s extra point attempt is good and the Generals lead for the first time this game.

New Jersey 17, Philadelphia 16 with 11:17 left to play.

10:27 p.m. EST: That’s the end of the third quarter and it’s a six-point game in Birmingham.

10:18 p.m. EST: Case Cookus finds Diondre Overton for a Philly touchdown to the put the Stars back on top. This is Cookus’ first passing touchdown of the season.

Matt Mengel’s extra point attempt is no good. Philadelphia 16, New Jersey 10.

10:05 p.m. EST: Darius Victor finds the end zone for New Jersey as the Generals march 80 yards down the field. Nick Rose’s extra point attempt is good and it’s all tied up at 10 with 7:03 left in the third.

9:58 p.m. EST: Philadelphia began the second half with Case Cookus at the helm as Bryan Scott is out with an injury. The Stars got down to New Jersey’s 12-yard line before settling for a field goal attempt. Matt Mengel’s 30-yard attempt is no good.

Philadelphia 10, New Jersey 3 with 11:09 remaining in the third quarter.

9:36 p.m. EST: We have a one score game heading into halftime in Birmingham. Philadelphia 10, New Jersey 3.

9:36 p.m. EST: Nick Rose’s 54-yard field attempt is good to put New Jersey on the board at the end of the second quarter. Stars 10, Generals 3 with 0:29 left in the half.

9:21 p.m. EST: After getting down to the New Jersey four-yard line, Philadelphia settles for a field goal attempt. Matt Mengel’s 22-yard attempt is good and the Stars extend their lead. Philadelphia 10, New Jersey 0 with 2:57 left in the half.

9:18 p.m. EST: On his first play from scrimmage, Stars backup quarterback Case Cookus completes a 42-yard pass to Jordan Suell to put Philadelphia at the New Jersey four-yard line.

8:51 p.m. EST: The Generals go for it on fourth-and-one. Darius Victor rushes three yards to keep their drive alive.

8:46 p.m. EST: It’s a third unsuccessful field goal attempt for the night as Matt Mengel’s 50-yard field goal attempt is no good for the Stars. Philadelphia 7, New Jersey 0.

8:42 p.m. EST: That’s the end of the first quarter. Philadelphia leads 7-0, with quarterback Bryan Scott completing seven of seven pass attempts in the first. The Stars will have third-and-one at the New Jersey 32-yard line to start the second quarter.

8:34 p.m. EST: A second straight Generals drive ends with a missed field goal as Rose’s 43-yard attempt is no good. The Stars maintain their 7-0 lead with 4:15 in the first quarter.

8:25 p.m. EST: Perez completes a pass to Darius Victor who runs for a gain of 30 yards on three-and-22 to keep New Jersey’s drive alive.

8:18 p.m. EST: Philly’s on the board! Bryan Scott completes a deep pass to tight end Bug Howard for a 41-yard touchdown. Matt Mengel’s extra point attempt is good.

Philadelphia 7, New Jersey 0 with 11:23 remaining in the first quarter.

8:14 p.m. EST: Nick Rose’s 52-yard field goal attempt is no good, ending New Jersey’s opening drive.

8:12 p.m. EST: Stars linebacker Jordan Moore sacks quarterback Luis Perez for a loss of nine, setting up third-and-18.

8:06 p.m. EST: New Jersey wins the coin toss and elects to receive.

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  • When: Sunday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET on Peacock

  • Where: Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama

  • Live Stream: Peacock

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