Meek Redskins Inherit 45-21 Loss to Dallas
By Dave Brady
The customers at RFK Stadium were venting a week-old rage even before kickoff because the athletes had succumbed to a 21-0 fourth quarter by the New York Giants. They had to suffer another one in the second period by the Dallas Cowboys.
By the time the Redskins had fumbled two touchdown opportunities to the Cowboys, treated Mark Washington to a 100-yard kickoff return with unprofessional tackling, and center John Didion made another touchdown a snap with a herculean effrt, the Cowboys were 45-21 winners.
Taylor Breaks Collarbone
He suffered the injury in the third quarter while being tackled after a 34-yard pass reception and run in which he had eluded three tacklers and set up a touchdown. The accident cost him a shot at his third pass receiving title. He was leading the National Conference going into the game, with 40 catches, and had two yesterday.
The defeat left the Redskins witha 4-6 record and pumped oxygen into the Cowboys, who came here in a two-game slump and departed with a 6-4 record.
Morton Gets Well
The Cowboys played without halfback Calvin Hill but the Redskins' defense helped make a budding star out or rookie replacement Duane Thomas, who ran for 104 yards in 16 carries and scored three touchdowns at distances of 35, four and two yards.
He was knocked out on the opening kickoff but reentered the game for the Cowboys' second series from scrimmage in the first quarter.
The Dallas defensive line had been pushed around by other opponents, but mounted a pass rush that sacked Sonny Jurensen twice and Frank Ryan four times. The Cowboys were playing witout an old Redskins' jinx, defensive end Larry Cole, yet were more effective with rookie Pat Toomay, a product of Edison High and Vanderbilt.
Brown Goes Over 100
Jurgensen threw three scoring passes despite a sore arm. He put the Redskins ahead for the only time, at 7-3, in the first quarter on a 20-yard throw to tight end Jerry Smith.
He persevered after the Cowboys' 21-point second period gave them a 24-7 advantage and passed to Brown at the end of an 85-yard assault for the touchdown that shaved the difference to 10 points. Then after rookie Washington ran the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, Jurgensen took the Redskins 80 yards, passing 12 yards to Jon Henderson, Taylor's replacement, for a score.
The Redskins were on thier 45 when Mike Bragg went into punt formation. Didion's snap soared several feet above Bragg's reach and he could not retrieve it until it rolled to his six-yard line.
Several Cowboys bore down on Bragg, but he sidestepped and got off a hurried kick to the Washington 42, for a three-yard loss on the punt.
It took Dallas five plays and a five-yard defensive holding penalty against the Redskins to score on Thomas's third touchdown, from two yards out in the fourth quarter.
Mike Clark's sixth conversion together with a 42-yard field goal gave him nine points and left the Redskins trailing, 45-21. There were 12 minutes and 53 seconds remaining but Jurgensen was removed with the game out of hand and Ryan was inserted at quarterback for the first time this season.
On his first call, Brown was sent to the left side, found it jammed, and reversed his field for an eight-yard gain. But he was injured when he was flung into the Redskins' bench. He returned three plays later, and, on his first carry, went over 100 yards with an eight-yard run.
Ailing Jurgensen managed to complete 17 of 26 passes, despite a bobble by Walt Roberts and a dropped ball by the flanker when tackled; a drop by running back Charley Harraway who caught six, and a foul-up in which running back Henry Dyer was turned the wrong way.
Jurgensen almost was intercepted twice in a row in the second quarter, did not throw to Henderson when he was open in the third quarter, and his right cornerback Mel Renfro of the Cowboys in the back with the ball in the same period, but Henderson was alert and caught the ball on the bounce for a touchdown.
98 Yards for Score
But iwas also Jurgensen who fumbled at the 50 hile trying to pass and linebacker Chuck Howley recovered and ran 36 yards to touch off the second-quarter eruption.
Then Rickie Harris fumbled a punt, Cliff Harris of the Cowboys recovered at the Washington 27, and Morton and Rentzel combined to make defensive back Pat Fischer an embarrassed and faraway victim of a touchdown pass.
It was a predictable western after that.