USFL: Memphis Showboats take down previously unbeaten New Orleans Breakers
The Memphis Showboats defeated the previously unbeaten New Orleans Breakers 17-10 Sunday in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Showboats have won back-to-back games after starting the season 0-3.
Quarterback Cole Kelley, in his second start of the season, engineered the nine-play, 59-yard game-winning drive in the game's final minutes. Trailing 10-9, Kelley's 4-yard touchdown pass to John Mitchell with 2:16 left in the game put the Showboats (2-3) on top for good. Kelley subsequently delivered a successful 2-point conversion pass to running back Juwan Washington to extend the lead to 17-10.
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TOUCHDOWN!!! @John_mitchell13 with the catch! 🙌
What a drive by @ColeKelley10 👏 pic.twitter.com/G98JuSReHJ
— Memphis Showboats (@USFLShowboats) May 14, 2023
Kelley finished 24-of-36 passing for 224 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Jay Jay Wilson had five catches for 64 yards. Vinny Papale hauled in six receptions for 62 yards.
Jeremiah Valoaga had 1.5 sacks for the Showboats, while defensive back Troy Warner finished with 12 tackles (seven solo).
The Showboats return to Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium on May 20 to face the Pittsburgh Maulers. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. (USA Network).
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