The Baltimore Colts took out their season-long offensive frustrations on the Miami Dolphins today and came away with a 45-28 victory.
The Colts, who had barely squeked past National Football league non-powers the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, fell behind the Dolphins,28-10, early in the second quarter and then scored 35 unanswered points to remain unbeaten.
The 45 points are the most scored against the dolphins in coach Don Shula's eight seasons in Miami.
Bert Jones threw four touchdown passes, two of them to Glenn Doughty, and Lydell Mitchell rushed for 142 yards on 17 carries. Included in that total was a 64-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimage.
Miami got that six-pointer right back on a 90-yard scoring return by Freddie Solomon on the ensuing kick off. The two quick scores started the 57,829 on hand at Memorial Stadium on Johnny Unitas Day buzzing.
Benny Malone exploded on touchdown runs of 52 and 66 yards and Leroy Harris scored on a one-yard run for the Dolphins while all Baltimore could answer with was a 41-yard field goal by Toni Linhart.
With the score 23-10 Jones "buttoned up my chin strap," as he put it.
"When you're down 18 points that early, you can't panic," he said. "You want to get them back quick, but not too quick. We just hung in there until we caught up."
The Colts were able to catch up because their defense shut out the Dol- [TEXT OMMITTED FROM SOURCE]