USFL In the first of two playoff semifinal games on Saturday, the Stars stunned the Generals, defeating them
19–14 for their first loss since Week 1 of the USFL season. Two punt return touchdowns were scored in the game:
one by KaVontae Turpin of the Generals, who gave New Jersey its first lead of the contest, and another by
Maurice Alexander of the Stars, whose 87-yarder with 1:41 left gave Philadelphia the lead for good. Philadelphia had numerous
wounds. They lost Channing Stribling, who led the USFL in interceptions, and Matt Colburn, who was their star in the
second half of the regular season. After taking a blow to the back in the first half, quarterback Case Cookus was
injured but was able to return, albeit not fully recovered. The only offensive touchdown for the Generals was scored
by Darius Victor (16 runs, 64 yards) on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, but New Jersey struggled a lot in the end zone.
Deep inside Stars territory, Luis Perez threw an interception, and the Generals failed to score on a fourth-and-inch
dive up the middle from the Stars' seven-yard line. That ultimately turned out to be the deciding factor.