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.