Birmingham Beats St. Louis in Battle of UFL's Best

May 14, 2024 by Staff and

Birmingham ran its winning streak to 14 and halted the 5-game streak of St. Louis with an exciting 30-26 home win in a battle of conference leaders. The Stallions, who won both USFL Championship games (2022, 2023), are now 28-3 all-time in USFL/UFL games.

Birmingham had already clinched a playoff spot. With this past week's action complete, we now know the playoff status of every team in the USFL Conference. Birmingham (7-0) will face the Michigan Panthers (5-2) in the conference championship game, while Memphis (1-6) and Houston (1-6) have been eliminated from the chase.

The Panthers locked down their playoff spot with a 22-9 win at DC as the Defenders have now lost 3 of their last 4 after starting 2-1. However, DC (3-4) remains in the playoff hunt as they sit two games behind San Antonio (5-2) and St. Louis (5-2) with three games to play. The Defenders can either make a statement this Sunday, or get booted from the chase, when they visit the league's toughest venue to play in, the Dome in St. Louis.

This weekend's other games send Houston to Birmingham on Saturday, and Arlington to San Antonio on Sunday.

The only disappointing part of the game between Birmingham and St. Louis this past Saturday was the attendance as only 14,056 showed up. That number is nearly double the crowd at the last home game for the Stallions, but you would think the best team in the league would also lead that league in attendance, especially in such a football-loving state as Alabama. Had the game been played in St. Louis, it is likely that more than 40,000 would have attended.

The league attendance for week 7 games was the season's third-lowest count at a cumulative 44,459. But anytime St. Louis is not at home, the attendance numbers are going to look comparatively bleak. The Battlehawks have averaged 35,014 while the rest of the league averages just over 14,000.

UFL Standings

XFL Conference

Team Won Lost Pct. PF PA Home Road Conf. Streak
St. Louis Battlehawks 5 2 .714 199 133 3-0 2-2 3-0 L1
San Antonio Brahmas 5 2 .714 142 116 2-1 3-1 2-2 W1
DC Defenders 3 4 .429 121 172 2-2 1-2 2-2 L1
e-Arlington Renegades 1 6 .143 164 176 1-3 0-3 0-3 W1


USFL Conference

Team Won Lost Pct. PF PA Home Road Conf. Streak
c-Birmingham Stallions 7 0 1.000 201 115 3-0 4-0 4-0 W7
c-Michigan Panthers 5 2 .714 159 129 3-1 2-1 2-1 W3
e-Memphis Showboats 1 6 .143 130 218 0-3 1-3 1-3 L6
e-Houston Roughnecks 1 6 .143 96 153 1-3 0-3 0-3 L3

c- Playoff berth clinched
e - eliminated from playoff contention

Week 7 Results (Home Team in BOLD):

Arlington 47, Memphis 23
Birmingham 30, St. Louis 26

Michigan 22, DC 9
San Antonio 15, Houston 12

Week 8 Games

Memphis Showboats vs Michigan Panthers
Saturday, May 18 | 4:00 PM ET | Detroit, MI | Ford Field | FOX | FOX Sports on SiriusXM

Houston Roughnecks vs Birmingham Stallions
Saturday, May 18 | 8:00 PM ET | Birmingham, AL | Protective Stadium | ESPN2 | ESPN Xtra on SiriusXM

D.C. Defenders vs St. Louis Battlehawks
Sunday, May 19 | 12:00 PM ET | St. Louis, MO | The Dome at America's Center | ABC | ESPN Xtra on SiriusXM

Arlington Renegades vs San Antonio Brahmas
Sunday, May 19 | 4:00 PM ET | San Antonio, TX | The Alamodome | FOX | FOX Sports on SiriusXM

*Check local listings for market regionalization

Week 7 Recaps

(Sunday at DC) Michigan 22, DC 9 - The Michigan Panthers extended their win streak to three games with a 22-9 victory over the DC Defenders at the nearly impenetrable Audi Field on Mother’s Day. The rushing attack continued to prove vital for the Panthers, who tallied 187 total yards and two scores on the ground. Matthew Colburn II led the way with 137 yards, with 107 coming in the first half.

Colburn II set a new Panthers individual game-high in rushing yards and tied a game-high in rushes (16), as well as totaling the third most rushing yards in a game in the UFL this season. Jake Bates continued ihis stellar kicking season with a 3-for-3 performance with fieled goals of 51, 22 and 40.
SEE: Panthers Defeat Defenders, 22-9, for Third Straight Win

(Sunday at Houston) San Antonio 15, Houston 12 - San Antonio kicker Ryan Santoso nailed a season-long 51-yard field goal as time expired and the Brahmas (5-2) overcame four turnovers to defeat the Houston Roughnecks (1-6) in a nail-biter, 15-12, at Rice Stadium Sunday afternoon.

San Antonio rallied from a 12-3 deficit by scoring 12 points in the final 2:24. First, the Brahmas scored a TD and a added a rare 3-point conversion from the 10-yard line to tie the game at 12. A fumble on the ensuing kick-off after a log return led to Ryan Santoso's 51-yard walk-off field goal. Earlier in the game, JJ Molson kicked a 62-yarder for Houston.
SEE: Brahmas Walk-Off Roughnecks in 15-12 Victory

(Saturday at Birmingham) Birmingham 30, St. Louis 26 - In a thrilling showdown, the Birmingham Stallions clashed with the formidable St. Louis Battlehawks, led respectively by quarterbacks Adrian Martinez and A.J. McCarron. As the clock wound down, Birmingham's defense rose to the occasion, securing a 30-26 victory improving to 7-0.
SEE: Undefeated Stallions Prevail: Birmingham's Defense Secures Thrilling Win Over Battlehawks

(Saturday at Arlington) Arlington 47, Memphis 23 - The Arlington Renegades fired on all cylinders, picking up 415 total yards of offense and forcing four turnovers, to defeat the Memphis Showboats, 47-23. It was the first victory of the season for Arlington (1-6) while Memphis lost a 6th straight game after opening the season with its only win.
SEE: Renegades Rock Showboats 47-23