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  Cowboys Stampede Redskins in 2nd Half, 44-24

By Dave Brady
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 18, 1968; Page D1

Otto Graham got out of a sick bed yesterday to coach the Redskins. What he saw did not figure to hasten his recovery as the Dallas Cowboys gushed 515 yards of total offense and rolled up a 44-24 victory at D.C. Stadium.

Upcoming is a game here Sunday against the Green Bay Packers and a return engagement with the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.

A 17-point third quarter by the Cowboys wiped out a briefly held 17-13 lead by the Redskins and started Dallas on the way to its most one-sided triumph over Washington since 1965, when it won, 27-7.

The Cowboys maintained a full-game lead over New York in the Capitol Division of the National Football League with an 8-2 record and the Redskins dropped to four games out of first place with a 4-6 mark.

Meredith Injured
Quarterback Don Meredith of Dallas threw touchdown passes of 35 yards to split end Bob Hayes and 14 yards to flanker Lance Rentzel before being knocked out of the game in the third quarter with a knee injury when tackled by Joe Rutgens.

Meredith had taken the Cowboys 45 yards to the Redskins' 20 when he turned over to substitute Craig Morton a 23-17 advantage. Two plays later, Morton passed nine yards to Rentzel for his second touchdown and the rout was on.

Big Day for Perkins
In the fourth quarter, fullback Don Perkins ran 28 yards for a touchdown to top off a game in which he gained 103 yards in 13 carries, moving into fifth place on the all-time list with 5962 yards. Rookie defensive end Larry Cole accounted for the Cowboys' final touchdown on a 21-yard run with the recovery of a fumble by Redskin quarterback Sonny Jurgensen.

Jurgensen was hit with his back turned to right defensive end George Andrie and lost 11 yards before letting go of the ball, the third time he had been thrown for a loss while attempting to pass, and he was relieved by harry Theofiledes with the score 44-17.

Two Scores for Taylor
Jurgensen threw touchdown passes of 35 and 11 yards to Charley Taylor, the split end's second and third scores of the season. The second put the Redskins ahead in the third quarter after Charlie Gogolak's 37-yard field goal in the second period cut the Cowboys' margin to 13-10.

But Jurgensen was not having a good day. He completed only 12 of 25 passes and frequently missed receivers in the clear.

Theofiledes was no improvement behind blocking that broke down on him as it did on Jurgensen. Theofiledes completed two of four passes but also was thrown for losses twice during the four minutes and 32 seconds he played.

The Redskins scored the most points since their 38-28 opening-game victory over Chicago as a result of right linebacker Chris Hanburger intercepting a pass by Morton and running 30 yards for a touchdown in the last 110 seconds.

Mike Clark of Dallas kicked three field goals, from 45, 34, and 13 yards, and the 34-yarder was an almost direct result of a 36-yard punt by Mike Bragg, who was outkicked for the second week in a row, averaging 44.6 yards to Ron Widby's 45.5. Bragg lost the kicking-off job to Gogolak yesterday.

Clark Connects
Bragg's puny punt was low and Rentzel took it on the run and sped 18 yards to the Redskins' 34-yard line. Three plays gained only seven yards, but Clark salvaged three points.

The Cowboys were ramming the ball down the throats of the Redskins from the outset, going 94 yards in the first quarter for a touchdown the third time they had possession of the ball. The first seven plays of the scoring drive were runs, with halfback Craig Baynham accounting for 44 of 90 yards he gained during the game.

Harris Beaten by Hayes
On the eighth play, split end Hayes slanted toward the left upright of the goal post and past right cornerback Rickie Harris for a touchdown catch as Rentzel was to do twice in the third quarter.

The Cowboys controlled the ball for 70 plays to 56 for the Redskins as Meredith hit on three of five and their runners crowded in 38 carries to 22 for Washington.

Fail-Safe Protection
Meanwhile, the Dallas blockers were providing fail-safe protection for their passers, who were never thrown for a loss.

It was a 35-yard punt by Widby which Jim Smith ran back 25 to the Redskins' 38-yard line that touched off the first Washington touchdown drive.

A ten-yard pass to split end Taylor and an 11-yard run by rookie Bob Brunet got the Redskins' in scoring position. Then, behind excellent protection, Jurgensen pumped the ball into the end zone to Taylor, who simply outsped left cornerback Cornell Green in the 35-yard race to the ball.

In the third quarter, Bobby Mitchell returned Clark's kickoff 17 yards and Jurgensen took the Redskins 75 yards in six plays for a touchdown.

Ankle Tackle
Operating from a tight double-wing T formation, Jurgensen hit Taylor with a 47-yard pass and it took a spectacular tackle on one ankle by safety Mike Gaechter at his 14-yard line to prevent a score. But three plays later, Taylor dashed into the end zone between safeties Gaechter and Dick Daniels for an 11-yard touchdown reception and Washington had its first lead of the game.

It was then that the Cowboys began their 17-point siege with Clark's third field goal.

Daniels Belts Mitchell
The Cowboys' next score came from an improbable source. Veteran Mitchell, who has seldom played this season, ran back the ensuing kickoff 13 yards before he was belted by Daniels of the Cowboys' kamikaze squad.

He let go of the ball, Mike Johnson of Dallas covered it at the Redskins' 20-yard line, and two plays later the Cowboys went ahead to stay on Meredith's 14-yard pass to Rentzel.

The jeers for Mitchell were being shared by all of the Redskins at the final gun but by that time most of the sellout crowd of 50,816 had departed.

In fact, many of the fans missed Hanburger's touchdown scoot and many of them might have been wondering if those season tickets are so priceless after all.

© Copyright 1968 The Washington Post Company

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