Michigan Panthers struggle offensively, fall to 0-2 with 10-6 loss to Generals

Allen Jordan
The Detroit News

Former Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson and the Michigan Panthers struggled offensively in a 10-6 loss against the New Jersey Generals to fall to 0-2 in the 2022 USFL season Friday night at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama.

Patterson finished 14-for-29 for 124 yards and no touchdowns for the Panthers. 

Michigan Panthers quarterback Shea Patterson (2) looks to pass the ball during the USFL game against the New Jersey Generals on April 22, 2022 at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama.

Generals defensive end Kolin Hill came up with a huge play early in the opening quarter, sacking Patterson as he stepped back to pass. On the ensuing drive, the Generals got on the board with a 21-yard field goal by Nick Rose to take a 3-0 lead with 5:25 left in the first quarter. 

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In the second quarter, Generals quarterback Luis Perez was picked off at midfield by Orion Stewart, and Panthers running back Cameron Scarlett scored on a four-yard TD run on the following drive to grab a 6-3 advantage at 13:39. Kicker Michael Carrizosa missed the extra point.

Scarlett carried the ball nine times for 22 yards and the Panthers' only touchdown. 

The lead didn't last long as Perez led a 11-play, 67-yard drive that was capped off with running back Darius Victor punching it in for the score from two yards out to give the Generals a 10-6 lead in the second quarter.

In the second half, both teams missed field goals, Carrizosa from 39 yards late in the third quarter and Rose from 34 yards at 13:29 in the fourth quarter.

Victor finished with a game-high 40 yards on 11 carries for New Jersey (1-1). The winless Panthers will face the Pittsburgh Maulers (0-1) on May 1 at 2:30 p.m.