With 10 minutes to play, the Philadelphia Stars led the USFL title game by three points. Powered by a touchdown drive led by backup quarterback Alex McGough and a pick six from linebacker Scooby Wright, the Birmingham Stallions reversed the tables and arose with the triumph, 33-30.
The two teams lost their beginning quarterbacks to injury during. Stallions quarterback J’Mar Chase left with cramps. Stars starter Case Cookus suffered a broken fibula on a third play while Philly was clinging to a 23-20 lead.
A pair of final quarter touchdowns put Birmingham up by 10. The Stars replied with a touchdown. They selected a fourth-and-12 play trying to keep ownership. The effort just failed, with the pass landing incomplete.
Birmingham actually needed to run out the clock. Confronting fourth down in Philly region with under a minute to play, mentor Skip Holtz picked to punt. The Stallions scarcely missed an opportunity to down the ball close to the goal line, giving the Stars a first down on the 20. Two plays later, in any case, another capture attempt fixed the success for the Stallions.
Birmingham completed the year 11-1. The Stars went 7-5, including the postseason.
Victor Bolden, with six catches for 64 yards and the go-ahead touchdown, was named the MVP of the championship game.
The game was played before an observably enormous group in Canton. Fox has reported that the USFL will return next April for a second season, with the very eight teams that contended in 2022.