Redskins Finally Win One, 26-14
By Jack Walsh
With quarterback Ralph Guglielmi returning to action and awakening a hitherto slumbering offensive unit, the Redskins celebrated a gala home opener on an otherwise drab day by convincingly scalping the Dallas Cowboys, 26-14.
Before a paid audience of 21,142, Guglielmi directed the Redskins to two touchdowns and four field goals. Mississippi rookie Bob Khayat was doing more kicking than the customers did early in the game. Khayat connected on boots from 38, 29, 15 and 10 yards.
Two touchdowns may not sound like a lot, but they equalled the Redskins' output in their last five games when they were adding to the 12-game losing streak they snapped yesterday.
Overshadows of LeBaron
For Dallas, LeBaron completed 21 of 37 for a respectable 296 yards but was hurt by interceptions. Two led to Khayat 3-pointers and the last put Dallas out of business.
LeBaron did outpitch the Goog in touchdowns, 2 to 1. His first was a 32-yarder to end Frank Clarke. The former Cleveland Brown scored an unbalanced touchdown. He took the ball on about the Redskin 20 where Ben Scotti and Billy Brewer became tangled. Clarke fell away from them and somehow managed to keep his feet. Hit inside the 10 by Jim Crotty, Clarke again did a grand job of not falling on his face until he crossed the goal line.
In the league book, a 4-inch Cecil Isbell to Don Hutson pass in a 1942 Green Bay-Cleveland game is billed as the shortest scoring aerial.
LeBaron's 2-incher came early in the fourth quarter and cut the Redskin lead to 19-14. Eddie set it up with king-sized gainers, a 41-yarder to Jim Doran and a 23-yarder to Billy Howton, a couple of fine veteran receivers.
That's when Guglielmi really asserted himself in a sort of "anything you can do, I can do better" manner. The Goog hit roommate Bill Anderson for 28 yards to the Dallas 38. Then he fired a fast pitch down the sidelines that rookie Sam Horner made a fine grab of at the two.
Johnny Olszewski went in standing for the 26-14 clincher.
It wasn't all a Guglielmi show. Fullback Don Bosseler and halfback Dick James showed that a two-week rest had restored them to health and both turned in spectacular long-gaining plays that were helpful, to say the least.
Rod Breedlove, Marylander the San Francisco team let go after drafting him No. 3, got Washington off on the right foot in the first period. He intercepted a LeBaron pass in the flat and dashed 32 yards to the Dallas 10.
Washington had to settle for Khayat's 15-yard field goal.
Guglielmi, who hadn't appeared in a game since Aug. 14 because of a severe knee injury, began hearing some boos from an unusually unfeeling Washington crowd.
Guglielmi came back with a 50-yard silencer on a fine assist from Bosseler. They hard-running fullback took a screen pass that looked like an impromptu affair and raced to the Dallas 7. Bosseler had good downfield blocking and tackle Ray Lemek led him on his sortie.
James, co-captain for the day, was all alone at the goal line on the next play and Goog threw to him for the touchdown that gave Washington a 10-7 lead it never relinquished.
Before the first half ended, Gary Glick picked off a LeBaron pass that bounced off Doran. Guglielmi passed 41 yards to Jim Podoley to set up Khayat's 29-yarder.
38-Yarder by Khayat
James, who just missed getting loose on a kickoff return, did some more fancy work late in the third period. He took a swing pass from Guglielmi and scampered 36 yards to the Dallas 22. En route he had to hurdle a fallen teammate and latch on to the ball he bobbled momentarily.
Horner took an 11-yard pass to the six but Dallas held and forced the Skins to settle for Khayat's closest shot, the 10-yard field goal.
Then LeBaron and Guglielmi swapped fine passing performances that swept their teams goalward.
Guglielmi and the Redskins had the last word. Now all they have to do is take on the unbeaten New York Giants in their Yankee Stadium opener next Saturday.