The Memphis Showboats are finally in the win column.
In the fourth week of the 2023 USFL season, the Showboats topped the Michigan Panthers, 29-10. Cole Kelley completed 15 of 26 passes for 151 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Showboats defensive end Jeff McCulloch returned a fumble for a touchdown to help secure the win.
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«I just have to thank the man above. I wasn’t supposed to play today.» [because of] injuries,» McCulloch said after the game via the league website. «But the manager, he had faith in me and allowed me to come back here with this team that we’ve been working with.»
Neither Carson Strong nor Josh Love had more than 80 passing yards in the game for the Panthers. However, Love had a touchdown pass to Joe Walker. Michigan’s Stevie Scott III ran for 66 yards.
The New Orleans Breakers remained undefeated with a win over the New Jersey Generals. A Matt Coghlin 25-yard field goal with 7:10 remaining in the game helped the Breakers to a 20-17 victory.
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McLeod Bethel-Thompson completed 26 of 37 passes for 279 yards and one interception. Wes Hills had 88 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
De’Andre Johnson had a touchdown pass to Cam Echols-Luper for the Generals. Trey Williams led New Jersey with 70 rushing yards and a touchdown. Victor was held to 64 yards.
Elsewhere, the Houston Gamblers hit the high of the week with a 41-16 win over the Philadelphia Stars. Kenji Bahar had 23 passing yards and two touchdown passes. Mark Thompson ran for 134 yards and scored three times on the ground.
The defending champion Birmingham Stallions defeated the Pittsburgh Maulers, 24-20.
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Here’s what’s available for Week 5.
- May 13: Michigan Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Maulers (12:30 p.m. ET; US)
- May 13: Birmingham Stallions vs. Houston Gamblers (4 p.m. ET; FOX)
- May 14: Philadelphia Stars vs. New Jersey Generals (noon ET; NBC/Peacock)
- May 14: New Orleans Breakers vs. Memphis Showboats (3 p.m. ET; FOX)