The Stars 1-3 entered play on Sunday desperate for a win. Their opponent the hated New Jersey Generals 2-2. In Detroit, Sunday afternoon was a thriller. The Generals scored a touchdown and the game-tying 2-point conversion with 15 seconds left. But Luis Aguilar continued his record-setting day through the game’s final snap. He made his eighth field goal of the game, a 55-yarder, as time expired to give the Stars the win.
Early on, the Generals made a goal-line stand, getting a big tackle for loss on 3rd-and-goal that forced the Stars to settle for three points. Stars LB Gabriel Sewell came up with a fumble recovery that gave Philadelphia an excellent field position, setting up the Stars to kick a field goal and take a 6-0 lead.
Generals QB De’Andre Johnson hit the jets and gave the Stars a flurry of moves before he ran 35 yards into the end zone to give New Jersey the lead. Philly field goals The Stars’ first three scores all came via field goal, but Aguilar’s third kick through the uprights was one of the most impressive of the season. He made a 56-yarder, which is the longest of the USFL season, that gave the Stars a 9-7 lead.
Jordan found his man Wes Saxton Jr. over the middle, hitting him in stride for a 25-yard gain to get into Stars territory late in the first half. TD overturned.
Corey Coleman initially scored a touchdown that would’ve given the Stars at least a five-point lead going into halftime.
But the review determined that Coleman didn’t successfully tap his feet inbounds, forcing the Stars to settle for their fourth field goal of the game and give Philadelphia a 12-10 lead going into halftime.
Mazzi Wilkins was in the right place at the right time for the Stars, getting the ball bounced in his direction as he made the grab for the interception to keep the Stars’ lead intact in the middle of the fourth quarter. Afterward, he gave his mom a shutout on the sideline.
Aguilar set the record for most field goals made in a single USFL game in the fourth quarter. After making a 51-yarder late in the third for his sixth field goal of the day that gave the Stars an 18-10 lead, Aguilar made his seventh field goal (a 49-yarder) with over 10 minutes left, giving the Stars a 21-13 lead. Kyle Lauletta’s ‘s QB sneak worked, scoring a touchdown that brought the Generals within two points of the Stars’ 21-19 lead with 15 seconds left.
Right after his QB sneak, a successful two-point conversion later and we have a 21-21 tie. Aguilar continued his record-setting day on the game’s last play, draining a 55-yard field goal to give the Stars the win. It was Aguilar’s eighth made field goal of the game, scoring all 24 of the Stars’ points.
The Stars (2-3) will next face the New Orleans Breakers (4-1) Sunday at noon on Fox from Detroit. The Generals (2-3) will square off with the Houston Gamblers.
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