Redskins Again Arrested by Busted Play, 13-0
By Dave Brady
Staubach, the Dallas Cowboys' quarterback, was momentarily delayed in his own backfield in the first quarter when defensive tackle Diron Talbert got a hand on him. The agile Cowboy escaped, however, swung to his left and ran another 29 yards without another glove being laid on him for the only touchdown in a 13-0 Dallas victory.
That first score would have been enough to take the NFC Eastern Division lead away from the Redskins because the Cowboys' defense shut out Washington for the second time in two seasons, the first being 34-0 last Dec. 6 in Dallas.
But newly activated place kicker Mike Clark booted 28- and 48-yard field goals in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, and it went into the books as a resounding indictment of the Redskins' offense.
The depth of futility was evident in the second quarter when an offsides penalty made it first-and-five at the Redskins' 45, but they could not manage a first down.
14 Quarters Now
Winning one and tying one against three losses in their last five games, the Redskins dropped a half game behind the Cowboys with a 6-3-1 record. Dallas is 7-3.
Forty-a nd 25-yard field attempts by Curt Knight failed in the second period.
On the longer try, Richie Petitbon fumbled his attempt to bring down a high snap from center George Burman. Knight was smeared almost as soon as he caught the ball on the bounce.
Wasted in that 55-yard drive to the Dallas 18 was a 23-yard from starting quarterback Billy Kilmer to flanker Roy Jefferson.
Larry Brown was a gallant figure, playing on a leg wrapped like a mummy's. He was forced out of the game three times by injuries and at the finish had a lump on his head as big around as a hen's egg. Three stitches were required to close a cut in his left eye, and he did not get much help rushing.
The Redskins managed only one first down rushing in the first half and two in the game as the Cowboys demonstrated why they are No. 1 against the run, shutting off Washington with 65 yards in 21 carries.
The Cowboys ran 37 times for 146 yards, 49 by Staubach in five attempts.
Staubach scrambled out of the pocket for first downs twice, once during the touchdown drive. He also was thrown for losses twice while attempting to pass, but he kept the Redskins' defense guessing.
After the game, Allen said, "We had several opportunities but came away with nothing; they (the Cowboys) get a scramble touchdown and two field goals."
Last week in Chicago, the Redskins were defeated by the Bears, 16-15, as quarterback and ball-holder Bobby Douglass turned a bad snap into the winning point. Douglass retreived a high snap from former Redskin Gene Hamlin and completed a pass to linebacker Dick Butkus, eligible on the play as a blocker, for the conversion. Scrambling Douglass led the Bears' runners with 88 yards.
Left linebacker Jack Pardee, who calls the defensive signals, said the Redskins blitzed no more than average and no more than they did against the Bears.
"If you send five or six players to contain Staubach, you sacrifice coverage on Bob Hayes and Lance Alworth. We did not have a dog (linebacker rush) on Staubach's touchdown run, but we did have his receivers covered.
"He had to take off and he picked up blocks down field."
Alworth, Hayes Left
Staubach said he intended to pass to Alworth. "Maybe I missed seeing him," he said. "Maybe I did not think he was open. I do not recall right now."
Pardee said of Brown, "I am proud to be his teammate, the way he came back and hung in there after catching a knee or something hard on his head. He is a tough guy."
Allen said of Brown, "He showed a lot of courage. When he came out of the game he had a welt on his head as big as an egg. Harraway was playing with a bad leg."
It was the first shutout of an Allen-coached team since 1969, when Detroit beat his Los Angeles Rams, 28-0, and he was a bit wroth when he made an unusually tardy appearance before interviewers. His usually well-groomed hair was mussed and he was a bit testy.
"I do not have much to say; we lost, we played good and hard. We are still in the race. We are only a half game out of the lead. We are going to get stronger when we get rid of our injuries. I have a lot of faith and confidence in our team. I know we are going to get going."
Allen said tight end Jerry Smith might be read to play again in two weeks.
When someone asked who would start at quarterback next week, Allen said, "Kilmer and Jurgensen are the least of our problems. I thought Kilmer did an excellent job while he was in there, but we were not getting any points and needed to throw.
"Sonny needs a lot of work. It is obvious. Just because he has been playing the position for years does not mean that he is ready after a long layoff. It is like a baseball player laying out for a long while his timing is off. Sonny did a good job. Today, he was playing a good team (for a longer span). Last week, he came in with two minutes led and only had to pass.
"You fellows who have been writing that we should have started Jurgensen did not help the situation. That hurts the team. Our big problem? Charley Taylor and Jerry Smith are out with injuries. Brown and Harraway are hurt."
When a newcomer asked why he switched to Jurgensen, Allen became irritated. "We got behind, 10-0. We had to throw and Sonny is a better thrower. That had nothing to do with winning or losing."
"We missed two field goal attempts we should have made. There was no turning point. We got two bad breaks on pass interefence calls, especially the first one (at 10-yard penalty charged to Owens in the third period on a third-and-six play that kept the Cowboys' field goal drive going).
"Boy, it has been a long time since we won a game, men," he said, referring to a 24-14 victory over the Saints on Oct. 31.
Kilmer completed 10 of 16 passes for 118 yards, was thrown for two losses but was not intercepted.
He made good on four of nine third down challenges.
Jurgensen hit on nine of 16 passes for 76 yards and ran 11 yards for a first down, but hs first pass and another were intercepted. He was sacked once and made good on one of three third downs.