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    Wednesday September 27, 1961

    “Fisticuffs Poor Passer Ratings Mark Play in AFL” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    (Portion posted article appeared in The Shamokin News Dispatch, Shamokin, Pennsylvania -Sept 25, 1961 page 6)

    Does the old saying, “Went to a boxing event and a Hockey match broke out..” ring true with the young American Football League. Sunday’s feature bout took place in San Francisco where Charlie Powell of the Oakland Raiders only recently an honest-to-goodness pro heavyweight boxer, landed a solid uppercut on the jaw of Charley Diamond, 262-pound tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs. And in a tag team match at Phoenix, the Wranglers two defensive tackles 290-pound Ernie Ladd and 254-pound Henry Schmidt were ejected late in the fourth quarter for trying to take on a good portion of the Houston Oilers club. It was an eventful weekend in the American Football League. Now if only the league’s signal callers had as much ‘guff’ as those attempting to punch their way toward a victory. The league’s completion percentage average is hanging around 49% through three weeks of play. The leading quarterback, Boston’s Vito Parilli, tops the short list with 56.3% passes completed. Parilli also leads the AFL’s hurlers with a passer rating of 85.7 QBR. While Completion percent and passer ratings are taking a hit, league wide interception ratings are soaring with 45 picks through 11 games. Quarterback play in American Football League needs to get better if it is to survive through the 1961 season. On another note, the hometown Arizona Wranglers will begin a three game east coast road trip this weekend. The team’s first stop on the tour will be War Memorial Stadium, affectionately known as ‘The Rockpile’, in Buffalo, New York. The Wranglers will continue their journey with stops in Boston and New York before returning to the west coast for a rematch with the Raiders at Candlestick Park. “It’s going to be a tough four weeks…..we will be making our temporary home in Amherst, Massachusetts,” mentioned Coach Robinson Tuesday evening. General Manager John Harland informed Coach Robinson on Tuesday that principle owner Edward Wright had secured a deal to use the facilities at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst for a few weeks. “After our matchup in Buffalo we will depart the following day for Amherst instead of returning to Phoenix. Make sense I guess….keep us on the east coast...it’s going to be a difficult few weeks regardless. We will work in conjunction with Massachusetts Redmen Head Coach Vic Fusia to schedule practices at Alumni Field,” added Coach Robinson.

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    Arizona Wranglers @ Buffalo Bills pregame report
    Location/Time: War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York; 4:15 PM EST
    Last Meeting: November 20, 1960, Buffalo 31 @ Los Angeles 14
    All time record: 1-1
    Point Spread: -0.5 (ARI)
    Over/Under: 37

    “Wranglers set off for East Coast” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    Lead Wrangler Wayne Robinson and the team departed Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport early Thrusday morning bound for Buffalo, New York. “This is going to be a long trip,” commented Coach Robinson before leaving for the airport. “We will stop in Los Angeles….board our charter bound for New York….Hope that goes better than the last go around,” he added with a smile. “Then on Monday we board a charter bus bound for Amherst, Massachusetts for a two week stay. It will be a challenge. However, I am looking forward to Coach Vic’s matchup against Villanova.” Coach Robinson is referring to the collegiate matchup between the University of Massachusetts and Villanova on October 7 at Alumni Field. “We will move our final pre game walk through that week against Boston to Friday and spend Saturday afternoon off cheering for Coach Vic’s Redmen,” explained Coach Robinson. When asked about this weekend’s opponent Coach Robinson stated, “Coach Ramsey’s got a great ball club and great fan base. The Rockpile is going to rocking,” Coach laughed and continued, “His defensive unit has kept them in every game and Wilmer Fowler has become a force since taking over as starting running back.” Coach also mentioned that his defensive backfield will have their hands full with the Bills offensive end duo of Dubenion and Bass.

    Coach Buster Ramsey’s Buffalo Bills are coming off a tough 24-14 loss to the rival Patriots of Boston. In the battle of Eastern Division undefeated it was the Patriots who walked out of War Memorial Stadium 3-0. “That was tough loss. We had higher expectations and hoped to give the sold out crowd a better show. I have been told we have a full house again this weekend and they are in for a real treat. It’s going to be one heck of a game,” said Coach Ramsey during a Thursday afternoon press conference.

    INJURY REPORT
    Arizona
    G Ernie Barnes is out with a pulled hamstring
    Buffalo
    RB Wray Carlton is out for season – RB Wilmer Fowler will get the start

    STATISTICAL REPORT
    Arizona
    Total Offense: 481 passing yards; 565 rushing yards; 1,046 total yards; 5.4 yards per play
    Total Defense: pass defense 540 yards; rush defense 149 yards; 689 yards allowed; 4.0 yards per play
    Buffalo
    Total Offense: 531 passing yards; 174 rushing yards; 705 total yards; 4.2 yards per play
    Total Defense: pass defense 538 yards; rush defense 206 yards; 744 yards allowed; 3.9 yards per play

    TEAM LEADERS
    Arizona
    Passing: Jack Kemp 21-58-4, 347 yards. 3 TD
    Rushing: Paul Lowe 50 carries, 321 yards, 4 TD
    Receiving: Don Norton 10 receptions, 190 yards, 1 TD
    Tackles: Chuck Allen 14 tackles, Emil Karas 14 tackles
    Sacks: Jerry Fields 2
    Interceptions: Dick Harris 2
    Passes defended: Dick Harris 3
    Buffalo
    Passing: Tommy O’Connell 31-96-5, 616 yards, 6 TD
    Rushing: Wilmer Fowler 51 carries, 167 yards, 1 TD
    Receiving: Elbert Dubenion 7 receptions, 213 yards, 3 TD
    Tackles: Mack Yoho 24 tackles
    Sacks: Mack Yoho 3.5 sacks
    Interceptions: Vern Valdez 3
    Passes Defended: Laverne Torczon 2
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    Saturday, September 30, 1961
    Arizona Wranglers @ Buffalo Bills
    Location: War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York
    Attendance: 38,500
    Weather: Cloud 72 degrees, Wind: calm
    Game MVP: Don Norton

    “Wranglers Round Up Bills” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    The Arizona Wranglers corralled the Buffalo Bills at the Rockpile Sunday afternoon by a score of 30-10. Jack Kemp and his offensive cohorts took the opening kickoff and established the tone of the game early. Kemp guided his offense on a 12 play, 62 yard drive ticking off 7:12 of the first quarter clock. The drive ended with a 17 yard Greg Ellsworth field goal. The three point kick turned out to be the only points of the first quarter. The second quarter began with a Dick Harris interception of a pass intended for Glass Bass. Harris’ ball-hawking skills set up a 1 yard plunge by versatile running back Paul Lowe. “We were having a hard time getting through their front four…..then Harris’ pick of O’Connell shifted the momentum…then our aerial attack awoke for the first time this season. I think Jack had his first 300 yard passing game this year. I commend Bob for making the necessary game time adjustments and getting our offensive ends into the game,” commented an elated Coach Robinson after the game. Offensive Coordinator Bob Williams unleashed an aerial bombardment on the Bills secondary that produced 149 yards in the second quarter alone. The pass catching ability of Norton and Roberson set up another Paul Lowe short burst over the goal line. The Wranglers entered the half up 20-0. “If it wasn’t for injuries it would have been the best quarter of the season to date,” continued Coach Robinson at the post game press conference. Coach Robinson was referring to his all world tackle Ron Mix and starting center Don Rogers. Both went down mid way through the second quarter and did not return. “I am told both men suffered significant injuries that will force them to miss some playing time….of course that is all I know at this time. I will say both Belotti and Selawski played well in the second half and both men will see some playing time next weekend in Boston.” The Buffalo Bills, not being a team to concede the victory too early, began the second half with a long drive off their own. Bills signal caller, Tommy O’Connell, engineered a 10 play, 71 yard drive that ended with an Elbert Dubenion 6 yard touchdown strike. However, just like first 15, the touchdown reception would be the only points put up by either team in the third. The Wranglers front four of Nery, Hudson, Ladd and Faison took control of the line a scrimmage and dominated game play for the rest of the afternoon. The Bills were limited to a field goal through the final 23 minutes of the game.

    Plays from scrimmage: Arizona 68 (19 First Downs); Buffalo 52 (14 First Downs)
    Rushing: Arizona 36 for 95 (2.6 avg): Buffalo 22 for 44 (2.0 avg)
    Pass plays: Arizona 19 for 32 (59%) 1 TD, 2 INT; Buffalo 17 for 30 (57%) 1 TD, 5 INT
    Passing: Arizona 305 yards (9.6 per play); Buffalo 212 yards (7.3 per play)
    Sacked: No sacks registered
    Turnovers: Arizona 2; Buffalo 5
    Punts: Arizona 2 punts for 100 yards (50.0 avg); Buffalo 2 punts for 86 yards (43.0 avg)
    Third Down: Arizona 8 for 14 (57%); Buffalo 5 for 9 (56%)
    Red Zone: Arizona 6 for 7 (3 FG, 3 TD); Buffalo 2 for 2 (1 FG, 1 TD
    Time of Possession: Arizona 35:44; Buffalo 24:16

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    FG – Greg Ellsworth 24 yards; 3-0 ARI
    Second Quarter
    FG – Greg Ellsworth 20 yards; 6-0 ARI
    ARI – TD Paul Lowe 1 yard run (Greg Ellsworth kick) 13-0 ARI
    ARI – TD Paul Lowe 5 yard run (Greg Ellsworth kick) 20-0 ARI
    Third Quarter
    BUF– TD Elbert Dubenion 6 yard pass from Tommy O’Connell (Duane Howard kick) 20-7 ARI
    Fourth Quarter
    BUF – FG Duane Howard 16 yards; 20-10 ARI
    ARI – TD Don Norton 16 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Greg Ellsworth kick) 27-10 ARI
    ARI – FG Greg Ellsworth 22 yards; 30-10 ARI

    Top Performers
    Arizona
    QB Jack Kemp 19-32-2, 305 yards, 1 TD; 2 carries, 13 yards
    RB Paul Lowe 22 carries, 55 yards, 2 TD; 2 receptions, 29 yards
    WR Don Norton 6 receptions, 118 yards, 1 TD
    WR Bo Roberson 5 receptions, 94 yards
    DE Ron Nery 5 tackles
    DT Bill Hudson 7 tackles
    LB Jerry Fields 5 tackles
    CB DIcK Harris 3 tackles, 3 INT
    CB Claude Gibson 3 tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT
    Buffalo
    QB Tommy O’Connell 17-30-5, 212 yards, 1 TD
    WR Elbert Dubenion 7 receptions, 99 yards, 1 TD
    DT Chuck McMurtry 9 tackles
    LB Ralph Felton 8 tackles
    CB Richie McCabe 6 tackles, 2 PD
    S Billy Atkins 5 tackles, 1 PD, 2 INT
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    Around the AFL – Monday October 2, 1961

    Vito Parilli and the Boston Patriots kept pace with Western Division leader Arizona with a 27-10 victory over the New York Jets. The Patriots and Wranglers remain the only undefeated team left in the AFL. Both sit at 4-0 for the ’61 campaign. Parilli threw for 216 yards and 1 TD. His favorite target, Jim Colclough, hauled in 7 receptions for 106 yards and end Thomas Stephens caught 4 Parilli passes for 51 yards. The victory set up an epic showdown next week at Boston University Field in Boston.

    Houston 28 @ Kansas City 3; GAME MVP: WR Charley Hennigan 8 receptions, 114 yards, 1 TD
    Denver 20 @ Oakland 27; GAME MVP: WR Charlie Hardy 7 receptions, 93 yards, 1 TD

    Week 4 Statistical report (TOP 5)
    PASSING YARDS: Vito Parilli (BOS) 922 yards; Tommy O’Connell (BUF) 835 yards; AL Dorow (NYJ) 828 yards; Tom Flores (OAK) 743 yards; Frank Trupika (DEN) 661 yards

    RECEIVING YARDS: Jim Colclough (BOS) 344 yards; Bob Coolbaugh (OAK) 324 yards; Elbert Dubenion (BUF) 319 yards; Don Norton (ARI) 311 yards; Don Maynard (NYJ) 307 yards

    RUSHING YARDS: Paul Lowe (ARI) 376 yards; Billy Lott (BOS) 252 yards; Bill Mathis (NYJ) 216 yards; Keith Lincoln (ARI) 210 yards; Wilmer Fowler (BUF) 202 yards;

    TACKLES: Bob Hudson (DEN) 37 tackles; Bud McFadin (DEN) 30 tackles; Mack Yoho (BUF) 28 tackles; Chuck McMurtry (BUF) 28 tackles; Mike Dukes (HOU) 27 tackles

    SACKS: Mike Dukes (HOU) 5 sacks; Sid Youngeman (NYJ) 4.5 sacks; Bob Dee (BOS) 3.5 sacks; Mack Yoho (BUF) 3.5 sacks; Nick Mumley (NYJ) 3 sacks

    National Football League – Week 4 report

    Washington 21 @ Cleveland 27; GAME MVP: FB Jim Brown 194 totals yards, 3 TD
    Chicago 30 @ Detroit 14; GAME MVP: WR Johnny Morris 9 receptions, 143 yards, 3 TD
    Baltimore 24 @ Green Bay 24; GAME MVP: FB Joe Perry 94 total yards, 1 TD
    Pittsburgh 7 @ Philadelphia 27; GAME MVP: QB Sonny Jurgensen 17/24, 224 yards, 1 TD
    Los Angeles 21 @ San Francisco 37; GAME MVP: WR Clyde Conner 8 receptions, 160 yards, 1 TD
    Dallas 14 @ Minnesota 27; GAME MVP: RB Hugh McElhenny 168 total yards, 2 TD
    New York 38 @ St. Louis 10; GAME MVP: WR Del Shofner 7 receptions, 159 yards, 2 TD

    Week 4 Statistical report (TOP 5)
    PASSING YARDS: Y.A. Tittle (NYG) 1,235 yards; John Brodie (SF) 1,107 yards, Bart Starr (GB) 1,094 yards, Johnny Unitas (BAL) 1,035 yards; Sonny Jurgensen (PHI) 1,017 yards

    RECEIVING YARDS: Billy Howton (DAL) 459 yards; Del Shofner (NYG) 443 yards; Red Phillips (LA) 432 yards; Clyde Conner (SF) 399 yards; Raymond Berry (BAL) 397 yards

    RUSHING YARDS: Jim Brown (CLE) 475 yards; Willie Galimore (CHI) 381 yards; John Henry Johnson (PIT) 376 yards; Alex Webster (NYG) 367 yards; Jim Taylor (GB) 353 yards

    TACKLES: Roy Wilkins (WAS) 40 tackles; Chuck Howley (DAL) 39 tackles; Wayne Walker (DET) 35 tackles; Bob Griffin (STL) 32 tackles; Jerry Tubbs (DAL) 31 tackles

    SACKS: Lou Michaels (PIT) 4 sacks; George Tarasovic (PIT) 4 sacks; Dick Lasse (WAS) 4 sacks; Ed Culpepper (MIN) 3.5 sacks; Art Donovan (BAL) 3 sacks

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    Tuesday October 3, 1961

    “Mix and Rogers to miss playing time” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    When big offensive tackle Ron Mix was assisted off the field during Sunday’s game, Coach Wayne Robinson was hoping for a positive report from his medical staff. Dr. Warrenton delivered the news yesterday afternoon and the Wranglers will have to go the next six weeks without the anchor to their offensive line. Dr. Warrenton diagnosed Mix with a stretched knee ligament. “Ron had started eighteen games in a row for our organization. He should be able to get back into the lineup by mid November. Until then Gene will get a chance to show off his blocking skills and discipline on the line of scrimmage,” answered Coach Robinson when pressed about the status of his starting tackle. Joining Mix on the sidelines will be center Don Rogers. Rogers, who left the field under his own power four plays after Mix, will miss the next two weeks with a sprained finger. “Rogers and Mix in one game…..Dang bad luck right there. It’s tough in the trenches….games are won and lost where the big boys play.”

    League injury report

    BUFFALO
    RB Wray Carlton out for season – placed on Injured Reserve
    WR Glenn Bass – 1 week sprained shoulder suffered in week 4
    S Billy Adkins – 2 weeks dislocated collar bone suffered in week 4

    DENVER
    T John Mattox – 2 weeks sprained back suffered in week 1
    WR Jack Hill – 6 weeks sprained ankle suffered in week 4

    HOUSTON
    G Hogan Wharton – 3 weeks dislocated collar bone suffered in week 4

    KANSAS CITY
    T John Cadwell – 1 week pulled hamstring suffered in week 4

    NEW YORK
    LB Ed Cooke – 4 weeks severe sprained ankle suffered in week 2
    C Mike Hudock – 7 weeks broken collar bone suffered in week 3
    TE Maron Moyne – 1 week moderate concussion suffered in week 4

    OAKLAND
    LB Tom Louderback – 1 week sprained knee suffered in week 1
    CB Fred Williamson – 4 weeks dislocated hip suffered in week 4
    S Jim Jones – 3 weeks broken nose suffered in week 4
    QB Tom Flores – 3 weeks torn hamstring suffered in week 4

    “Wranglers, Patriots set pace in AFL” – Bobby Hebert, Arizona Daily Star

    The Arizona Wranglers and the Boston Patriots hold clear cut leads over the respective divisions of the American Football League because the Wranglers are versatile and the Patriots have Vito Parilli. Arizona, undefeated through four weeks of play, had to rely on defense and kicking to beat a stubborn Buffalo squad. The decision left the Wranglers at the top of the Western Division with a 4-0 record. Boston moved into the undisputed lead in the Eastern Division with a 27-10 victory over Jets of New York. Vito Parilli led his team to victory with a precision passing attack. At the end of the afternoon his ball club left the field 4-0. Houston strengthened its second place position in the Eastern Division when it beat Kansas City 28-3 and showed how valuable offensive end Charley Hennigan can be. Hennigan, who had been hammered by the Wranglers defense the previous week, hauled in eight George Blanda passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Oakland won its first league game Sunday when it edged the Denver Broncos 27-20. Oakland lost three and had 94 points scored against it before breaking the losing streak. Oakland and New York are idle next weekend. Arizona will be at Boston on Sunday evening. Other Sunday games include Kansas City at Denver and Buffalo travels to Houston.

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    Arizona Wranglers @ Boston Patriots pregame report
    Location/Time: Boston University Field, Boston Massachusetts; 5:15 PM EST
    Last Meeting: October 28, 1960, Los Angeles 42 @ Boston 17
    All time record: 1-1
    Point Spread: -0.5 (BOS)
    Over/Under: 40.5

    Friday October 6, 1961 – The North Adams Transcript (portion posted article actual newspaper clip from The North Adams Transcript, North Adams, Massachusetts, October 6, 1961 page 8)

    “Rushing Passer is Best Defense” – Boston (AP) So you always wanted to be a pro football quarterback, did you? Listen to Coach Wayne Robinson of the Arizona Wranglers explain how his American Football League leading team plans its defense: “The way we do it is to rush the passer and sort of let defensive tackle Ernie Ladd fall on him.” Ladd stands 6 feet 9 inches and weighs 290 pounds. The AFL rookie from Gambling College in Louisiana is one of the Wranglers “Fearsome Foursome.” The others in the defensive quartet are tackle Bill Hudson (270), end Earl Fasion (270), and end Ron Nery (254), together they weigh more than a half a ton. They are what Boston quarterback Vito Parilli will see charging at him Sunday night when the Patriots meet the Wranglers at Boston University Field. The Wranglers, second in the AFL West last season when at Los Angeles, are unbeaten through four weeks of the ’61 campaign. Along with size and defense (13 passes intercepted in four games), Arizona boasts the league’s best running back in Paul Lowe and a fine quarterback in Jack Kemp. The Patriots also put their four game run on the line and can extend their Eastern Division lead over the Oilers Sunday night. The Patriots will be looking toward offensive backs Ron Burton and Billy Lott to continue their recent success and open up the passing game for Vito Parilli. Parilli, the top quarterback in the AFL, has tossed the pigskin for nearly one thousand yards this season. The only other change in the Boston lineup appears to be offensive tackle Dick Klein, 254 pound NFL veteran obtained this week from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    INJURY REPORT
    Arizona
    T Ron Mix is out with a stretched knee ligament – Gene Selawski will get the start
    C Don Rogers is out with a sprained finger – George Belotti will get the start
    Boston - None

    STATISTICAL REPORT
    Arizona
    Total Offense: 789 passing yards; 660 rushing yards; 1,449 total yards; 5.5 yards per play
    Total Defense: pass defense 759 yards; rush defense 193 yards; 952 yards allowed; 4.3 yards per play
    Boston
    Total Offense: 890 passing yards; 465 rushing yards; 1,355 total yards; 5.5 yards per play
    Total Defense: pass defense 433 yards; rush defense 303 yards; 736 yards allowed; 3.2 yards per play

    TEAM LEADERS
    Arizona
    Passing: Jack Kemp 40-90-6, 655 yards. 4 TD
    Rushing: Paul Lowe 72 carries, 376 yards, 6 TD
    Receiving: Don Norton 16 receptions, 311 yards, 2 TD
    Tackles: Chuck Allen 18 tackles; Emil Karas 18 tackles; Bill Hudson 18 tackles
    Sacks: Jerry Fields 2
    Interceptions: Dick Harris 5
    Passes defended: Dick Harris 3; Claude Gibson 3
    Boston
    Passing: Vito Parilli 63-111-6, 922 yards, 6 TD
    Rushing: Billy Lott 59 carries, 252 yards, 3 TD
    Receiving: Jim Colclough 18 receptions, 344 yards, 3 TD
    Tackles: Bob Dee 24 tackles
    Sacks: Bob Dee 3.5 sacks
    Interceptions: Clyde Washington 2
    Passes Defended: Clyde Washington 4

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    Sunday October 8, 1961
    Arizona Wranglers @ Boston Patriots
    Location: Boston University Field, Boston, Massachusetts
    Attendance: 25,063
    Weather: Sunny 64 degrees, Wind from the SW 8mph
    Game MVP: Billy Lott

    “Pats win battle of undefeated” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    The Boston Patriots set the tone early and crossed the goal 7 times in route to a 49-28 victory over the previously unbeaten Arizona Wranglers. On the very first play from scrimmage Patriots fullback Billy Lott broke through The Wranglers defensive line and galloped 80 yards for the game’s first score. Defensive tackle Ernie Ladd was injured on the play and would not return. “The first play of the game and they blasted a big ole hole through the heart of our defense. It was difficult to watch Ladd hobble off the field…..hopefully he will not miss any playing time…..today was just not our day,” stated Coach Robinson after the defeat. A few plays later Pats’ signal caller Vito Parilli found Billy Lott wide open for a 67 yard strike and just like that the home team was up 14-0. Wranglers safety Charlie McNeil lost his footing on the play and fell enabling Lott to break free into the open. McNeil, who was slow to get up, left the field and headed toward the locker room, his day was done. Vito Parilli also hooked up with his favorite target Jim Colclough for 21 yards to end the first quarter up 21-0. On the first play of the second quarter The Wranglers lost their starting guard Orlando Ferrante. Ferrante had to be assisted off the field. “He got tangled up with Jim Lee Hunt and Ronnie Loudd….he went down hard. I’ll say it again…it just wasn’t our day.” Arizona’s first score of the afternoon came by the way of the defense. Defensive back Claude Gibson stepped in front of a pass intended for Ron Burton and scampered 8 yards to the end zone for six. The celebration, however, did not last very long as Patriots ‘field general’ Vito Parilli answered back with a 13 play 71 yard scoring drive. The extended drive concluded with an 11 yard pass play to the ever versatile back Billy Lott. 6 plays later Patriots linebacker Ronnie Loudd recovered a Jack Kemp fumble and rumbled 28 yards to pay dirt. “And just like that it was 35-7….I really don’t have much to say…they really beat the heck out of us tonight,” continued Coach Robinson at the post game press conference. Arizona managed to get some points on the board with 8 seconds left in the half. Jack Kemp squeezed a pass between two defenders into the awaiting arms of offensive end Don Norton. The disastrous half ended with Boston holding a commanding 35-14 lead. In the second half both teams traded a pair of touchdowns, including a brilliant 55 yard Paul Lowe run. Lowe spun out of a Leroy Moore tackle then blasted through Harry Jacobs and Ron Hall and sprinted up the middle of the field for the score. “In a day filled with disappointment it was great play to see and, honestly, the only part of the game film I want to watch again. And then there is our medical staff….they may feel a bit overwhelmed tonight. We had six players leave the field of play with injuries tonight. Like I said earlier they just beat the tar out of us.”

    Plays from scrimmage: Arizona 56 (9 First Downs); Boston 63 (15 First Downs)
    Rushing: Arizona 26 for 97 (3.7 avg): Boston 40 for 202 (5.1 avg)
    Pass plays: Arizona 15 for 27 (56%) 2 TD, 1 INT; Boston 11 for 20 (55%) 4 TD, 2 INT
    Passing: Arizona 185 yards (6.9 per play); Boston 228 yards (11.4 per play)
    Sacked: Arizona 3 times for 9 yards; Boston 3 times for 9 yards
    Turnovers: Arizona 4; Boston 5
    Punts: Arizona 7 punts for 284 yards (40.6 avg); Boston 4 punts for 159 yards (39.8 avg)
    Third Down: Arizona 1 for 9 (11%); Boston 7 for 11 (64%)
    Red Zone: Arizona 2 for 2 (0 FG, 2 TD); Boston 2 for 3 (0 FG, 2 TD)
    Time of Possession: Arizona 24:52; Boston 35:08

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    BOS – TD Billy Lott 80 yard run (Tom Plank kick) 7-0 BOS
    BOS – TD Billy Lott 67 yard pass from Vito Parilli (Tom Plank kick) 14-0 BOS
    BOS – TD Jim Colclough 21 yard pass from Vito Parilli (Tom Plank kick) 21-0 BOS
    Second Quarter
    ARI – TD Claude Gibson 8 yard interception (Greg Ellsworth kick) 21-7 BOS
    BOS – TD Billy Lott 11 yard pass from Vito Parilli (Tom Plank kick) 28-7 BOS
    BOS – TD Ronnie Loudd 28 yard fumble recovery (Tom Plank kick) 35-7 BOS
    ARI – TD Don Norton 1 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Greg Ellsworth kick) 35-14 BOS
    Third Quarter
    ARI – TD Paul Lowe 55 yard run (Greg Ellsworth kick) 35-21 BOS
    BOS – TD Jim Colclough 12 yard pass from Vito Parilli (Tom Plank kick) 42-21 BOS
    BOS – TD Walter Beach 29 yard fumble recovery (Tom Plank kick) 49-21
    Fourth Quarter
    ARI – TD Don Norton 19 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Greg Ellsworth kick) 49-28 BOS

    Top Performers
    Arizona
    QB Jack Kemp 14-26-1, 161 yards, 2 TD; 6 carries, 8 yards
    RB Paul Lowe 12 carries, 79 yards, 1 TD; 1 reception, 6 yards
    WR Don Norton 5 receptions, 85 yards, 2 TD
    DE Earl Fasion 6 tackles, 1 sack
    LB Chuck Allen 10 tackles, 1 sack
    CB Dick Harris 7 tackles, 1 PD
    Boston
    QB Vito Parilli 11-20-2, 230 yards, 4 TD; 2 carries, 3 yards
    FB Billy Lott 16 carries, 128 yards, 1 TD; 2 receptions, 78 yards, 1 TD
    WR Geno Cappelletti 5 receptions, 96 yards
    DE Bob Dee 8 tackles, 1 sack
    LB Ronnie Loudd 9 tackles, 1 FR, 1 TD
    LB Tom Addison 7 tackles
    S Fred Bruney 6 tackles

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