New Jersey Generals Get First USFL Win, But It Wasn’t Pretty

It wasn’t pretty, but the New Jersey Generals picked up their first win in the new USFL on Friday night.

The Generals (1-1) held off the Michigan Panthers 10-6 at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Ala. in a game that was devoid of effective offense. Michigan fell to 0-2.

All 16 points were scored in the first half and both teams each missed a field goal.

Panthers quarterback Shea Patterson just missed engineering a game-winning drive in the final minutes.

Facing a fourth-and-20 from their 10-yard line, Patterson and the Panthers were able to keep the drive going and moved the ball all the way to the Generals’ 16-yard line with five seconds left. But Patterson, the No. 1 overall pick in the USFL draft, couldn’t finish the drive off as his final pass fell incomplete.

The former Wolverine signal caller struggled for most of the game, going 14-for-29 for 124 yards, in which 74 yards came in the final drive.