Former Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams led the Pittsburgh Maulers past the Michigan Panthers in the opening round of the 2023 USFL playoffs and into the league’s championship game.
The Maulers hosted the Panthers at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio on Saturday, June 24.
Williams helped Pittsburgh to a postseason victory to secure a spot in the 2023 USFL title game.
With 44 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the Maulers trailing 24-20,
the former Utah standout and Ishmael Hyman connected on a six-yard touchdown pass and catch to give their team a lead late in the contest.
However, with four seconds left in regulation, the Panthers made a 47-yard field goal to send the game into overtime.
The Maulers began overtime by converting a two-point attempt with a two-yard pass from Williams to Mason Stokke.
Following a failed two-point try by Michigan, Williams ran into the end zone on another two-point effort for a successful conversion.
The Panthers failed on their second two-point try and Pittsburgh was crowned as USFL North Division Champions with a 31-27 victory.
Williams finished the contest 23/40 passing for 203 yards and one touchdown. He also carried the ball six times for 36 yards. Williams posted a QBR of 79.5 in the win.
With the win, the Maulers picked up their fifth victory of the season and secured themselves a spot in the USFL title game against the New Orleans Breakers or Birmingham Stallions.
Last season, the Stallions won the USFL title.
The 2023 USFL Championship Game will be held in Canton, Ohio on Saturday, July 1 at 6 p.m. (MDT). The game will be televised on KSL 5 TV.