McPeak was not finished. To an offense that included Mitchell and Jurgensen, he added what he hoped would be a ground game by choosing Arizona State's Charley Taylor with the first pick in the 1964 draft. To the defense came another fine rookie, safety Paul Krause. The team began having some exciting days in 1964 and 1965, when Jurgensen passed for a total of 5,301 yards and 39 touchdowns. Mitchell caught 60 passes each season. Krause led the league in interceptions in 1964, with 12. And the game against the Dallas Cowboys on November 28, 1965, was one of the most thrilling in Redskins history, an- other rightly picked by Beall as an all-time favorite.
Jurgensen started horribly, throwing two interceptions and fumbling the ball away in the first eight minutes. Taylor, the NFL's rookie of the year in 1964, fumbled twice in his first three carries. The Cowboys converted Jurgensen's fumble and one of Taylor's into a 14-0 lead. Matters worsened when Dallas safety Mike Gaechter blocked a Redskins field goal attempt, recovered the ball and ran 60 yards for a third touchdown.