Cowboys Stampede Redskins in 2nd Half, 44-24
By Dave Brady
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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
It was then that the Cowboys began their 17-point siege with Clark's third field goal.
Daniels Belts Mitchell
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.