Cowboys Brush Past Redskins, 27-7
By Dave Brady
DALLAS, Tex., Sept. 26 There is no need to adjust your TV set. The Redskins' performance did not suffer a bit in the transmission of their 27-7 collapse against the Dallas Cowboys today.
The game was not nearly as close as the score indicated. On a good day, quarterback Don Meredith of the Cowboys might have made a distance runner out of Olympic sprint champion Bob Hayes, his rookie flanker.
One of the mere six passes Meredith completed in 18 attempts enabled Hayes to stretch his legs on a 45-yard dash for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Hayes Runs for Score
Later in the same period, Hayes caught rookie defensive back Rickie Harris of the Redskins out to lunch in the end zone with a 23-yard reception but a holding penalty against the Cowboys nullified the play.
But by that time the Cowboys had a 17-0 lead on Danny Villanueva's first of two field goals and the Redskins had a lease on the basement of the Eastern conference of the national Football League with an 0-2 record. Their prospects are scant for better housing in the immediate future.
Redskins Finally Score
A gloating Cotton Bowl crowd, numbering 61,577 for a pro record here, was giddy with glee as the Redskins fumbled four times and did their best otherwise to insure the Cowboys' occupancy of first place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 record.
And at the finish there was occasion to mock middle linebacker Sam Huff of the Redskins with taunts as he came to the bench and glowered at the fans after being thrown out of the game for battling to the ground with end Pettis Norman of the Cowboys, who also was ejected.
Taylor Doesn't Play
But it is doubtful that even 1964 rookie-of-the-year Taylor could help the Redskins to rise above their ineptness against a Dallas rushing defense that was No. 1 in the NFL last year.
When the Redskins were not fumbling, they were committing unnecessary infractions on offense and defense, and when they got up to the Cowboys; 4-yard line in the third quarter they made only three yards net on four unimaginable challenges of the Cowboy defense, without trying a pass.
Four Passes Fall
On fourth down, Jurgensen hit Mitchell with a pass in the end zone, but Mitchell let the ball dribble off his outstretched hands.
In the dressing room, Jurgensen said, "We fumbled too much and dropped too many passes. I got good protection and overall our line did a real good job . . . It was just those mistakes."
Jurgensen contributed one of the fumbles and George Hughley, Harris and Bob Briggs the others.
Hughley fumbled and kicked the ball, too, in the first quarter to ruin a Redskin push at the Cowboys' 39-yard line, where defensive back Mel Renfro recovered.
Briggs fumbled after achieving a first down at the Redskins' 23-yard line in the second quarter. Five plays after defensive back Cornell Green covered the ball, Hayes topped off his 11-yard scoot around his right end by cutting inside a mass of blockers and whizzing by defensive back Jim Steffen at the two-yard line.
In the same quarter, Harris fumbled a kickoff return after running 20 yards to his 22 and Renfro made his second recovery. Hayes had a 23-yard "scoring" pass against Harris nullified and Villanueva missed a 47-yard field goal attempt.
Jurgensen fumbled on the next play, defensive end George Andrie recovered at the Redskins' 14-yard line. Meredith was in the process of missing flanker Buddy Dial badly at the goal line but gunshy Harris interfered with Dial anyhow and the Cowboys had a first down on the 1-yard line.
Meredith was hit hard by defensive tackle Ron Snidow on third down and Villanueva kicked a 7-yard field goal 20 seconds before halftime.
Harris was guilty of an unnecessary personal foul in the fourth quarter when he belted Hayes in the ribs well after a pass sailed over Hayes' head on third down with 22 yards to go, the penalty giving the Cowboys and automatic first down on the Dallas 39-yard line.
End Frank Clarke broke out of a tackle by Harris and extended a pass reception into a 31-yard gain and fullback Jim Stiger shook a feeble tackle by defensive back Paul Krause and ran 16 yards to the Redskins' 8. On second down halfback J. D. Smith caught Sample keying on Hayes, who was bunched in tight, and ran around right end for 7 yards and touchdown.
Now the wonder is whether the Redskins can pick themselves up for a serious test next Sunday in Detroit against the Lions, who seem to be newly ferocious since dropping an exhibition to the Redskins two weeks ago.