From wild trick plays to momentum-shifting scores to huge defensive stops, Week 6 of the USFL season featured a host of big moments.
And in a season in which every game matters, many of these plays proved to be huge factors in the final scores.
Here are the best plays of Week 6.
Tomasi Laulile’s scoop-and-score among best of USFL’s Week 6
Week 6 of the USFL featured some big moments, and Nick Wright, Chris Broussard and Kevin Wildes highlight some of their favorites.
The Gamblers were trying to earn their first victory since Week 1, and it was looking good after Laulile picked up the loose ball — caused by Chris Odom’s strip-sack — and rumbled 58 yards for a touchdown.
The play put Houston up 25-20 with less than six minutes to play, and while they wouldn’t hold the lead, the play led to plenty of chatter on Monday.
Trick Play of the Week: New Jersey Generals
Part of the reason the Generals were able to rally after Laulile’s big-man TD was that they pulled off a sweet trick play on their final drive.
“They’re calling this the ‘Philly-Jersey Special,’” Chris Broussard said on “First Things First.” “Cameron Echols-Luper takes the reverse, throws it back to quarterback Luis Perez for a key first down. Generals punch it in as time expired.”
Shannon Sharpe added on “Undisputed,” “I kind of wanted this play to score, because when you think ‘Philly Special,’ you think Nick Foles in the Super Bowl that actually scored. But because it did lead to the game-winning touchdown, you know what, I’m going to have to give it a lot of credit.”
Juke of the Week: KaVontae Turpin, Generals
New Jersey receiver doesn’t have a lot of size, checking in at about 5-9, 155 pounds. But he makes up for that with extremely shifty feet and sticky hands, making him a major problem for opposing defenses.
That was apparent on Sunday against the Gamblers, when he left a Houston safety grasping at air.
“It’s hard to tackle these guys in the open field,” Sharpe said. “Give these guys credit. When they can tackle a running back or receiver in the open field, they need to get a lot of credit because these guys are really shifty.”
“When you got the safety in space against little Turpin, it was game over,” Skip Bayless added.
Generals WR KaVontae Turpin’s big day sparks Generals
KaVontae Turpin pulls in 10 catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns to help lift the New Jersey Generals over the Houston Gamblers.
The Stallions remain the only unbeaten team in the league and a big reason for that is their penchant for coming up with big plays when they need them the most.
Case in point: A huge grab by Williams against the Michigan Panthers, which he made while having his helmet ripped off.
Brown took advantage of a miscommunication between Pittsburgh quarterback Vad Lee and receiver Bailey Gaither, grabbing an errant pass and sprinting 97 yards for a touchdown. The score gave the Breakers a 23-3 lead on the way to a 26-16 victory.
Ike Brown’s pick-six is one of the top plays of Week 6
Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless react to the top plays from Week 6 of the USFL. New Orleans Breakers Ike Brown’s pick-6 and New Jersey Generals trick play make the cut.
“It looked like [Lee] wanted the guy to settle down because he saw the inside guy was going to jump the route,” Sharpe said. “… and he goes in there and, well, the rest is a reservation for six into the end zone.”
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