The first-ever battle of the unbeatens in the UFL has gone . . . drum roll, please . . . to the Florida Tuskers.
The Tuskers prevailed, 29-15, in Wednesday night’s clash between the previously 1-0 Tuskers and the previously 1-0 Las Vegas Locomotives.
The victory leaves Florida as the only undefeated squad in the four-team league.
The UFL pegged the Sam Boyd Stadium crowd at 12,160. (For the UFL debut at that same venue, the league claimed 14,000 attended — and the Las Vegas Review-Journal estimated that only 5,000 or so were present.) Regardless, the league has announced that the Locos’ final home game will be moved from the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles back to Las Vegas.
“We just thought it was more important to capitalize on the momentum building in Las Vegas,” Commissioner Michael Huyghue said in a release.
And then Huyghue took a bizarre backhanded slap at the current quality of the league.
“There’s a lot of temptation to immediately turn it into an 8 or 12 team league or do more things that we need to,” Huygue said. “As you build something the fans will look back and say ‘I remember when the excitement of the game was shooting a T-shirt into the crowd.’”
In last night’s game, the legend of J.P. Losman took another hit. The former first-round pick was outplayed by Florida’s Brooks Bollinger, who completed 24 of 32 passes for 310 yards and three scores. Losman, in contrast, connected on 19 of 35 throws for 239 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
Former NFL running backs Tatum Bell and Michael Pittman led the way on the ground for the Tuskers, with 53 and 40 yards, respectively.
Former NFL linebacker/defensive end Patrick Chukwurah contributed two sacks on defense; former NFL linebacker Odell Thurman had 6.5 tackles and a sack.
And, most importantly, a 29-year-old man successfully boxed out an 11-year-old girl for the free T-shirt that was shot into the crowd during the early portions of the fourth quarter.