Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 23, 1974, Page 22

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 23, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon., Dec. 23, 1974    ]    \Rams, Steelers Post Impressive Victories 6 Mistakes Costly to ’Skins 19-10 LOS ANGELES (AP) - The prophecy of Chuck Knox came true and George Allen was the first to admit it. “The team that is going to win is the team that makes the fewest mistakes,” declared the young coach of the bis Angeles Karns before his club battled the Washington Redskins. “The Karns deserves to win because they played better football,” said the older Allen on Sunday after his Redskins lost to his former club 19-1(1. “You can't make as many mistakes as we did and expect to win.” Thefts Los Angeles intercepted three Redskin passes and recovered three of their fumbles on the comeback road to victory in the opening National Football League playoff game which sends them against the Vikings at Minnesota next week The Rams, on the other hand, lost the ball twice by interception but not at all by fumble. Merlin Olsen, a charging Statistics First downs Rushes vords Passing vords Return yards Posses Punts Fumbles lost Penalties yards Redskins 13 77 49 177 55 11303 5-45 33 IS Roms 14 42 131 95 87 12*2 5-43 Ti 549 SCORE BV QUARTERS Washington Los Angeles 3 7 0 0— IO 7 0 3 9-19 INDIVIDUAL SCORING LA—Klein IO doss from Harris (Ray kick) Wosb—FO Bragg 35 Wash—Denson I run (Bragg kick) LA—FG Ray 37 LA—FC Roy 26 LA—Robertson 59 interception return (pass failed) A—BO,I ll INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING—Washington, Brown 18 39 Kilmer 2-5, Oenson 75 Los Angeles McCutcheon 2171, Bertelsen 6-34, Horris 617 RECEIVING—Washington, Taylor 479. Evans 631. J Smith 7 35, Denson 2 17 Los Angeles, Jackson 2 35, Klein 2 23, McCutcheon 2 TO PASSING—Washington, Kilmer 7 18-0 99 yards Jurgen sen 612 3, 78 Los Ange les, Harris 8-262, 95 275 pounds of defensive tackle, forced one fumble and one interception — the former leading to a field goal and the latter to a 59-yard touchdown run by Isiah Robertson. “George Allen always said that if you can get six turnovers in six games , you'll win it,” declared Olsen, who played for Allen when he coached the Rams from 1966 until fired after the 1970 season. Fumbles Twice fumbles had led to Los Angeles field goals, by David Ray at distances of 37 and 26 yards. Then came the interception that put the Rams into their nine-point final advantage “I didn’t know who it was that hit me,” said Redskins quarterback Sonny Jurgensen, “but it definitely took something off the ball. “Larry Brown was wide open but Isiah cut in front of him and just made a good play, lf Brown had caught the ball, he would still Ik* running.” Ironically, Robertson originally came to the Rams as a result of a trade with the Redskins. Los Angeles had gained a first-round draft choice from Washington in trade for veteran players when Allen went East. That choice was Robertson. a linebacker from South-ern University. And in a strategic move, Robertson was in the game Sunday as Knox decided to use him instead of an extra back in the obvious passing situation —- third down and Kl at the Washington 46 with Ia>s Angeles leading 13-10. Earlier Loss Knox, referring to a 23-17 loss to Washington two weeks ago. explained, “In the first game we sometimes left a sixth defensive balk in there but this time we took out that sixth back and put Robertson into the game He is usi*d to covering a running back in that situation, whereas a defensive back is not ” The game ball went to Rams* owner Carroll Rosen-bloom, recuperating from a minor heart attack and not allowed, by his doctors, to lie at the Coliseum. Jurgensen went 'into the game, replacing Bill Kilmer, at quarterback in the fourth quarter and was intercepted three times. i    \ Bradshaw Played ‘My Best Game’ UPI Telephoto Coach Chuck Knox lets out victory whoop after Rams defeated Redskins 19-10 What’s in Store for Dolphins ? OAKLAND (AP) - Coach Don Shula may have been saying farewell to the Miami Dolphins’ years of National Football league supremacy. Then again, he may have been saying farewell to the Miami Dolphins “He thanked us for the great job we’ve done during the last five years.” star receiver Paul Warfield said after Shula’s closed-door meeting with his players following Saturday’s 28-26 playoff loss to the Oakland Raiders, “He made mention of those who are leaving but pointed out the new ones who will be here next year. He said he hopes we can go on from here,” As reported by Warfield, the words sounded like a prelude to Shula's rumored departure from Miami. But the coach may have been just paying tribute to a short-lived reign that prompted comparisons with some of the great teams in NFL history. Five mainstays of Miami’s two-time Super Bowl winners — Warfield, running backs Larry Csonka and Jim Klick, cornerback Tim Foley, and guard Bob Kueehenberg — have signed 1975 contracts with the World Football League. Even if the shaky WFL collapses or the players have second thoughts about changing leagues, not all are expected to return. Warfield may retire. and Klick could Im* traded. Shula. one of the most successful coaches in NFL history. has a long-term contract with Miami. But it has been widely reported that he and owner Joe Robbie don’t get along — and they might agree* to make a change. Asked about the Dolphins’ future after Saturday's loss, Shula testily said, “I haven’t thought about it for a minute.” He wasn't the only angry man. Miami quarterback Bob Griese, asked if the Raiders had been lucky, demanded the reporter’s name and then barked. “That’s a leading Red Peppers iiy hun Svhradvr Metcalf Needs Help — We have a hunch Coach Don Coryell will have the St. Louis Cardinals bidding again in the NFL title race again next year It’s an over simplification to say the Cards lack only one more fine player to be there this year, but it certainly would have taken a lot of pressure off Terry Metcalf, their gifted running back. You could tell the rugged Viking defense took its toll on Metcalf as the game went bn because he was simply asked lo do too many things. He carried the ball, caught passes and returned all the kickoffs and punts Even when a kickoff went to another Cardinal player, he lateraled to Metcalf for the return. For the season, the little (5-9. 185) halfback ran 152 times for 718 yards (4 7 average), caught 5(1 passes for 377 yards, returned 21) kickoffs for 623 yards (31.2 average) and brought back 26 punts for 340 yards (13 I average). You would imagine Coryell will draft or trade for another brilliant runner who can do at least part of those chores so Metcalf can concentrate on rushing and pass catching. Tomorrow Arrives — After the Vikings defeated St. laiuis Saturday, assistant coach Bus Mertes tumid to head coach Bud Grant and shouted. “There is a tomorrow, Bud!" Bus explained this is because Bud always tells his staff before the playoffs begin, “We have to win em all from now on or there s no tomorrow ” This is a takeoff on what the TV announcers always say before the seventh game of every World Series. We had a couple of breakfasts with Bus and Jerry Buras Saturday morning The coaches admit (hey are keyed up the morning of a big game. All of their preparations are finished and they have held meetings with the players. They’re too nervous to nap, so ifs a break for them to chin with old friends and talk about something beside football. After the game we went with Bus and his family to their home in nearby Edina. His wife. the former Paulline Volkers of Iowa Cit-y, ensconscd us in her kitchen, where we turned her table into a di*sk for writing about the game. We also used their telephone to transmit our stories on the tele copier Bus supplied the Coors and Faulline the spaghetti to keep our typewriter fueled. The family retreated to the den to watch the Oakland-Miami classic on TV. From time to time they would send a messenger up with the latest scoring news. We finished in time to see the last few minutes and Oakland's miraculous finish Know who we were most happy for when the Raiders won? Yup, oT John Madden, their coach who never seems to get any credit despite his team’s constant success. Guess nobody loves a fat man When the Raiders win, the experts say it’s because' Al Davis dot's such a great job as general manager in getting fine players. Even the TV cameras focus on Davis in the pressbox. Well, we enjoyed seeing Madden had enough players with the strength and will to carry him off the field after the game. Somebody has to tie doing something right in coaching that club Pass the Hash — Aha, letter arrives from Al Schallau. the Los Angeles attorney who bird-doggi-d Lute Olson for the Iowa athletic department When Lute was hired as Iowa basketball coach, Al wrote us and predicted the Hawks would—among other things—wind up in one of the {Mist-season tourneys this season Al^modestly passes himself off as (I) the greatest sports trivia player iii the world and (2) a peerless sports predictor So we expected the former Iowa City resident to give us a progress rejsirt on Lute and the Hawkeyes. Instead Al’s letter was a comment in our recent column about certain high schools wanting to fcall their shirts programs “mens" and "women’s” basketball, not “boys” and “girls ” He pens: “lf Washington of (’ R stagi*s the great play ^Showboat”, will their soloist have to sing “Old FERSON River”? Shucks, Al, we’ve discarded In'tter women's lib Juki's than that For instance, you know what Betty F nisi an culls a mailman A person person    * * * — Is the home field advantage an Imper tant one in the NFL playoffs? You’d better believe it. l<ast season five of the six playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl were won by home teams—all except the Minnesota Viking’s win at Dallas. This year the first four playoff games went to home teams—Minnesota over St Louis, Oakland over Miami, Fittsburgh over Buffalo and L A over Washington So you have to figure the Vikings and s will have some kind of advantage in next Sun day s conference championship contests. question lf I ever heard one.” Middle linebacker Nick Buoniconti was fuming about the Oakland fans, who taunted the Dolphins and rooted the Raiders on by waving black sinks in a promotion modeled after a white-handkerehief stunt in Miami "They are the worst fans in the world,” Buoniconti said. “They were throwing birr bottles and other things on the field “ Warfield, if no levs disappointed, was more philosophical. “We thought we were ready to make a run at a third straight championship,” he -end. after the last-minute loss. “To play as well as we did and lose, that really hurts. “But life does not revolve around one ball game — things go on." No Money, Pacers May Bail Out INDIANAFOLIS (AF) - A new arena and the second best attendance average in the American Basketball Associa-tion apparently won’t be enough to # save the Indiana Facers from sale. a move to another city or extinction It’s been no secret that the Facers, one of the only three ABA franchises to survive the stormy first seven years of the league’s existence, have l>ecn seeking financial help for months. But, over the weekend — and for the first time — club President John I). Weissert admitted the team is sinking so fast it may not be able to finish the year “The Facers do not have enough money to finish the season,” was the way Weissert, president of Indiana Professional Sports. Inc., which controls the Facers, put it Talks with a local group offering to buy the team broke down Saturday because the offer was not sufficient to pay off the nearly $1 million the club is in debt. Weissert said Since that deal appeared dead and none of several other offers was concrete, Weissert said the board of directors has authorized “negotiation with anyone interested in acquiring the franchise to tie moved to another city. “The purchase guidelines must include the assumption of liabilities, plus the return of the shareholders’ investment, which is $700,000." , The depressed economy and accompanying problems in cash flow have been significant in the growing problems which forced Indiana Fro Sports to sell the Indianapolis Racers, a first-year franchise iii the World Hockey Association, and to look for a buyer for the Facers. FITTSBURGH (AF) - It was Terry Bradshaw’s 86th game as a pro football quarterback Or was it his first? “I’ve' never felt in full control like that before,” he said with a subdued smile after helping the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Buffalo Bills 32-14 Sunday in an American Football (Conference playoff. Booed and benched early this season, Bradshaw hit seven of nine passim in the second quarter to key a 26-point spurt that included three short touchdown runs by Franco Harris. “It was the best game I’ve ever had in the pros,” Bradshaw said after Fittsburgh advanced to next week’s title game against the Oakland Raiders. Praise "I’ve never seen Terry so calm and confident, calling plays cooly and quickly,” said Steeler tackle Jon Kolb. Fans who had booed him for past incompletions cheered lustily as Bradshaw left the game after hitting 12 of 19 pass attempts for 203 yards. He also rushed five times for 48 more key yards. “I enjoyed the cheers, but ovations don’t last long if you don’t produce,” said Bradshaw, who charted plays the first six games of this season while Joe Gilliam was at quarterback. The game also marked a redemption for the Steeler offense, maligned by some as a weak sister to Pittsburgh’s dominant defense. On a day when the Steeler Statistics Bitts Steelers First downs IS 79 Rushes yards 21 IOO 51-235 Passing yards 164 203 Return yards ll 75 Posses ll 76-0 i2 ?i a Punts 639 338 Fumbles lost 2-1 2-0 Penalties yards 315 2 IO SCORE BV QUARTERS buffalo Pittsboro* 7 0 3 76 0-14 3 32 INDIVIDUAL SCORING Pitt-FG Gerela 21 Buff-Seymour 22 doss from Ferguson (Leypo'dt kick) PIM - Bieber 27 pass from Bradshaw (kirk failed) Pin    Harris    I    run    (Gerela kick) Pin    Harris    4    run    (kick failed) PW    -Horris    I    run    (Gerela kick) Buff    -Simpson 3    pass from Ferguson (Leypoidt kick) Pin-FO Gerela 72 A 48.321 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSH I NG — Buffalo,    Simpson 16 49, Broxton 5 48. Ferguson 1-3 Pittsburgh, Harris 74 74, Bradshaw 5 48 Bleier 14 45, Davis 632, Swonn 2 24, GtlUom MI. RECEIVING- Buffalo, HUI 659, Simp son 3 37, Seymour ? 35 Pittsburgh Swoon 3 60. Bleier 354, Lewis 2 18 PASSING Buffalo, Ferguson ll 260, 164 Pittsburgh, Bradshaw 1219-0, 203 Gilliam 0-2-0, 0 defense ford'd only one turnover, Jack Ham s recovery of a Jim Braxton fumble, the Steeler offense outgained Buffalo 4.18 yards to 264. “They did a great job offensively,” said Bills’ Coach Lou Saban, whose club ranks second only to Fittsburgh in AFC defensive statistics. “I’m not sure how they did what they did again us, but they blew us out,” Saban added “I was surprised by their offense. Looking at the films, I didn’t think they’d score that much against us,” said Buffalo linebacker Jim Cheyunski “They had a real good game plan,” he addl'd, “and every time there was a key down they made the big play.” One guy who said he wasn't surprised was Steeler Coach Chuck Noll, “Not too many people believed me, but I never lost confidence in our offense,” said Noll “Barly in the season with Gilliam we passed well, then we ran very well with Bradshaw, and today we put both together for the first time." Pittsburgh’s 26-point second quarter came two points shy of the AFC playoff record for one period, set by Oakland against Houston in 1969, The Steelers also set a new AFC playoff record with 29 first downs, and Harris’ three touchdowns tied the AFC singlegame playoff mark of Oakland’s Fred Biletmkoff against Kansas City in 1968, “They were hot today,” con-eeded Buffalo’s 0 J Simpson, held to 49 yards rushing on 15 carries. “We thought we would be able to do well on offense,” he addl'd. “But when they got that huge lead we had to throw.” Pittsburgh took a 3-0 lead on the game’s opening series on a 21-yard field goal by Roy Gerela. Buffalo countered in the same period with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Joe Ferguson to tight end Paul Seymour. TD Pass Then Bradshaw’s 27-yard touchdown pass to running back Rocky Bleier startl'd the second-quarter assault. The next three Steelers drives, all better than 50 yards, ended with touchdown runs of one, four and one yards by Harris, who led all rushers with 79 yards. AP Photo Terry Bradshaw (12) gives victory hug to Rocky Bleier Trojan QB Set for Oxford LOS ANGELES (AP) -When Fat Haden walks off the field .Ian I after Pasadena’s Ruse Bowl game, it ll tx* the last football the University of Southern California quarterback will play for some time. Haden announced Saturday hell accept a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and attend Oxford University in Fngland for two years However. he said he was “leaving the option open” to play professional football when his studying days are over. “I got it and I’m accepting it," said Haden after hts final Rhodes scholarship interview at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, just a couple of miles from where Haden will play his last college football game New Year's Day against Ohio State Haden maintained a 3.7 grade point average out of a perfect 4 I) in USC’s English Department The scholarship provides about $5.IHM) |>er year College Seniors This may be the most profitable 3 hours of your vacatio I Oth Anniversary “Operation Native Son” Quickly, easily, informally you can find out about career opportunities in Iowa's fastest growing business and industrial community. ERE S HOW: Just visit the booths of your choice. 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