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Sunday, April 13, 1975
(3-1) San Diego Chargers @ (3-2) New York Titans
Location: Shea Stadium, New York City, New York
Attendance: 59,512
Weather: Cloudy and 54 degrees; Wind from the South 4 mph
Game MVP: Jerome Barkum

“Titans upend Bolts in NYC 24-7” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

The New York Titans defeated the Bolts 24-7 Sunday evening concluding the journey east with an 0-2 record. “They had a great game plan and flat shut us down all afternoon.” Wayne Clark commented after the game. Clark could only muster 191 yards passing against a stingy Titans defense. The Titans cashed in first with an 1 yard touchdown plunge by Robert Riggins with 6:45 left in the first. The touchdown run was the fifth on the season for Riggins. In the second quarter The Titans blanked the Chargers. Joseph Namath squeezed his was across the goal from 3 yards out and Jim Turner added a 29 yard field goal. The half ended with the Titans up 17-0. The third quarter was one the Charger faithful would like to forget. New York dominated the time of possession and the kept Coryell’s crew out of the end zone. “We made some adjustments at the half and managed to slow down Namath and company. However, we could not get the engine going the other side of the ball,” stated Coryell during the post game press conference. The Chargers finally wiped the goose egg off the scoreboard with a 4 yard Mike Montgomery run at the 14:53 mark in the fourth quarter. The last score of the second half came with 10:40 left in the contest. Titans bruiser Robert Riggins pounded his way through the Bolts defensive line for his second score of the afternoon and his sixth on the season. “That kid can play football. He beat us up,” stated Coryell about Riggins’ performance. “Coach Holovak defense was prepared to play today and we were not,” continued Coryell. Holovak, in his second year as New York’s lead man, is off to a great start. He came over from the Oakland Invaders where he spent the ‘73 season as their Receivers Coach. Before that he spent three seasons as the Offensive Backs Coach for the Santa Clara Spartans. Holovak is 10-11 at the helm of the Titans.

Plays from scrimmage: San Diego 51 (17 First Downs); New York 54 (19 First Downs)
Rushing: San Diego 28 for 108 yards (3.9 avg); New York 32 for 112 yards (3.5 avg)
Pass plays: San Diego 14 for 22 (64%) 1 INT; New York 16 for 22 (73%)
Passing: San Diego 182 yards (8.3 per play); New York 270 yards (12.3 per play)
Sacked: San Diego 1 time for 9 yards
Turnovers: San Diego 1
Punts: San Diego 2 punts for 80 yards (40.0 avg); New York 1 punt for 41 yards (41 avg)
Third Down: San Diego 5 for 10 (50%); New York 6 for 11 (55%)
Red Zone: San Diego 1 for 1 (1 TD); New York 4 for 4 (1 FG, 3 TD)
Time of Possession: San Diego 29:09; Pittsburgh 30:51

Game Information
First Quarter
NY – TD Robert Riggins 1 yard run (Jim Turner kick) 7-0 NY
Second Quarter
NY – TD Joseph Namath 3 yard run (Jim Turner kick) 14-0 NY
NY – FG Jim Turner 29 yards 17-0 NY
Fourth Quarter
SD – TD Mike Montgomery 4 yard run (James Feller kick) 17-7 NY
NY – TD Robert Riggins 3 yard run (Jim Turner kick) 24-7 NY

Top Performers
QB Wayne Clark 14-22-1, 191 yards
RB Mike Montgomery 13 carries, 61 yards, 1 TD; 3 receptions, 27 yards
TE Bob Klein 4 receptions, 52 yards
WR Jim Krieg 4 receptions, 53 yards
LB Mike McCaffrey 9 tackles
LB John Banaszak 8 tackles
QB Joseph Namath 16-22, 270 yards
FB Robert Riggins 22 carries, 70 yards, 2 TD; 1 reception, 9 yards
WR Jerome Barkum 8 receptions, 146 yards
WR Robert Burrow 4 receptions, 94 yards
LB Godwin Turk 8 tackles
DT Greg Marx 7 tackles
CB Burgess Owens 4 tackles, 1 INT