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    Re: 1951 "An Experiment in Expansion"

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    Sunday October 22, 1961
    Arizona Wranglers @ Oakland Raiders
    Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California
    Attendance: 15,711
    Weather: Sunny 71 degrees, Wind from the SW 4 mph
    Game MVP: Paul Lowe

    “Battle of the Backups End in Draw” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    Sunday’s matchup in the Bay area may have been dubbed the ‘Battle of the Backups’ when should have been christened ‘Big Plays in the Bay’ as the Raiders and Wranglers played to a 24-24 draw. The Wranglers kicked off ‘Big Plays in the Bay’ at the 9:24 mark of the first quarter when bruising running back Paul Lowe busted through the Raider defensive line and rumbled 60 yards for the score. A short time later the home team lit up the score board with an Alan Miller 85 yard run. The six foot 219 pound fullback took the handoff from Nick Papac broke three tackles and out raced the entire Wrangler defense to the end zone. “It was a tough play to watch…..our defense seemed to be sleeping on the field… was definitely a wakeup call,” commented defensive coordinator Frank Butler at the conclusion of the contest. The Wranglers began the second quarter with a Greg Ellsworth 12 yard field goal and took the lead 10-7. It would be the last score of the first half as both defenses held strong between the twenties and forced a total of 4 punts. Raiders pigskin hurler Nick Papac began the second half in excellent form. He engineered a 7 play 71 yards drive that ended with Clem Daniels 8 yard blast thought the heart of the Wranglers defense. Arizona lost the lead and a starting defensive end on the same play. Defensive End Ron Nery left the field in a hurry clutching his left hand. “Losing Ron for the rest of the afternoon was a blow….that was softened a little by the play of his backup Larry Jordan,” noted Coach Robinson during the post game press conference. “I am told Ron will miss some playing time…but not sure how much or the extent of his injury at this time,” continued Robinson. Oakland’s lead would last only 49 seconds as the Wranglers struck gold with an 85 yard dash by Paul Lowe. “Deluca and Lincoln cleared a path I could have driven a truck through…I think they were showing blitz and once I zipped through the hole there was no one left in front of me….I was a bit surprised to see so much open space,” commented Paul Lowe when he was interviewed as the team was leaving the field. With Lowe’s touchdown trip the Wranglers grabbed the lead 17-14. It was a lead the Wranglers would relinquish 1:09 later. Nick Papac found offensive end Charlie Hardy wide open on a post route and 77 yards later the Raiders once again had the lead. Papac closed out the afternoon with 180 yards passing and one touchdown. His counterpart, Hunter Enis, completed 16 passes on the day for 287 yards. 64 of those yards came at the 8:36 mark of the third quarter when Enis hooked up with is favorite target Don Norton for the score. In the span of roughly seven minutes of the third quarter the lead changed hands four times and produced 28 points. The quarter would end with the Wranglers up 24-21. The final fifteen minutes of the ‘Battle of the Backups’ saw both defensive units stand their ground and keep each opposing offense out of the end zone. The final score of the game was a 23 yard Dave Naumann field goal that notched up the score at 24 apiece. “I really dislike tie ball games. You play your butts off and walk away with a draw……I really wish the league would look into an extended period for regular season end of regulation play,” stated Coach Robinson at the conclusion of his post game press conference.

    Plays from scrimmage: Arizona 66 (18 First Downs); Oakland 47 (9 First Downs)
    Rushing: Arizona 43 for 262 yards (6.1 avg): Oakland 31 for 149 (4.8 avg)
    Pass plays: Arizona 16 for 23 (70%) 1 TD, 1 INT; Oakland 7 for 14 (50%) 1 TD, 1 INT
    Passing: Arizona 290 yards (12.6 per play); Oakland 171 yards (12.2 per play)
    Sacked: Oakland 2 times for 13 yards
    Turnovers: Arizona 2; Oakland 1
    Punts: Arizona 2 punts for 86 yards (43.0 avg); Oakland 5 punts for 216 yards (43.2 avg)
    Third Down: Arizona 6 for 14 (43%); Oakland 3 for 10 (30%)
    Red Zone: Arizona 1 for 5 (1 FG, 0 TD); Oakland 2 for 2 (1 FG, 1 TD)
    Time of Possession: Arizona 33:43; New York 26:17

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    ARI – TD Paul Lowe 60 yard run (Greg Ellsworth kick) 7-0 ARI
    OAK – TD Alan Miller 85 yard run (Dave Naumann kick) 7-7
    Second Quarter
    ARI – FG Greg Ellsworth 12 yards; 10-7 ARI
    Third Quarter
    OAK – TD Clem Daniels 8 yard run (Dave Naumann kick) 14-10 OAK
    ARI – TD Paul Lowe 85 yard run (Greg Ellsworth kick) 17-14 ARI
    OAK – TD Charlie Hardy 77 yard pass from Nick Papac (Dave Naumann kick) 21-17 OAK
    ARI – TD Don Norton 64 yard pass from Hunter Enis (Greg Ellsworth kick) 24-21 ARI
    Fourth Quarter
    OAK – FG Dave Naumann 23 yards; 24-24

    Top Performers
    QB Hunter Enis 16-22-1, 287 yards, 1 TD; 2 carries, 11 yards
    RB Paul Lowe 23 carries, 217 yards, 2 TD; 1 reception, 15 yards
    WR Don Norton 6 receptions, 176 yards, 1 TD
    DE Ron Nery 6 tackles, 1 sack
    DT Bill Hudson 9 tackles
    LB Chuck Allen 5 tackles
    QB Nick Papac 7-14-1, 180 yards, 1 TD
    FB Alan Miller 20 carries, 120 yards, 1 TD
    WR Charlie Hardy 3 receptions, 108 yards, 1 TD
    DT Hal Smith 8 tackles
    LB Riley Morris 13 tackles
    LB Tom Louderback 9 tackles
    S Alex Bravo 7 tackles

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    Re: 1951 "An Experiment in Expansion"

    AFL Roundup – Monday October 23, 1961

    “Bills Pats play to tie a Boston University Field “ – Bobby Herbert, Arizona Daily Star

    Tommy O’Connell threw for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns for the visiting Buffalo Bills in the second draw of the weekend. The two teams played to a 17-17 tie. Offensive end Elbert Dubenion hauled in 4 O’Connell passes for 85 Yards and 2 touchdowns. On the other side of the fence Ron Burton rushed for 108 yards and Jim Colclough caugh 4 Parilli passes for 132 yards.

    New York 23 @ Denver 16; Game MVP: FB Bill Mathis 107 total yards, 2 TD
    Kansas City 21 @ Houston 16; Game MVP: QB Len Dawson 15/34, 245 yards, 2 TD

    Week 7 Statistical report (TOP 5)
    PASSING YARDS: George Blanda (HOU) 1,566 yards; Vito Parilli (BOS) 1,486 yards; Tommy O’Connell (BUF) 1,430 yards; Al Dorow (NYJ) 1,356 yards; Jack Kemp (ARI) 1,152 yards

    TD PASSES: Vito Parilli (BOS) 12; George Blanda (HOU) 11; Tommy O’Connell (BUF) 9; Jack Kemp (ARI) 9; AL Dorow (NYJ) 6

    RECEIVING YARDS: Don Norton (ARI) 792 yards; Jim Colcbough (BOS) 633 yards; Charley Hennigan (HOU) 631 yards; Elbert Dubenion (BUF) 544 yards; Don Maynard (NYJ) 472 yards

    RECEPTIONS Charley Hennigan (HOU) 36; Don Norton (ARI) 35; Jim Colclough (BOS) 32; Don Maynard (NYJ) 31; Charlie Hardy (OAK) 29

    TD RECEPTIONS: Don Norton (ARI) 6; Jim ColClough (BOS) 6; Elbert Dubenion (BUF) 6; Charley Hennigan (HOU) 5; Paul Lowe (ARI) 3

    RUSHING YARDS: Paul Lowe (ARI) 796 yards; Billy Lott (BOS) 466 yards; Donnie Stone (DEN) 389 yards; Ron Burton (BOS) 378 yards; Wilmer Fowler (BUF) 358 yards

    RUSHING TDs: Paul Lowe (ARI) 10; Keith Lincoln (ARI) 5; Bill Mathis (NYJ) 5; Billy Lott (BOS) 4; Donnie Stone (DEN) 3

    TACKLES: Bud McFadin (DEN) 55 tackles; Chuck McMurtry (BUF) 51 tackles; Joe Hergert (BUF) 49 tackles; Bob Hudson (DEN) 48 tackles; Bob Dee (BOS) 46 tackles

    SACKS: Mike Dukes (HOU) 6.5 sacks; Sid Youngelman (NYJ) 5.5 sacks; Bob Dee (BOS) 5 sacks; Mel Branch (KC) 4.5 sacks; Chuck McMurtry (BUF) 4 sacks

    PASSES DEFENDED: Phil Nugent (DEN) 11; Richie McCabe (BUF) 10; Duane Wood (KC) 8; Dick Harris (ARI) 7; Bud McFadin (DEN) 7

    INTERCEPTIONS: Jim Wagstaff (BUF) 6; Mark Johnston (HOU) 6; Dick Harris (ARI) 5; Fred Glick (HOU) 5; Goose Gonsoulin (DEN) 5

    National Football League – Week 7 report

    Chicago 24 @ Baltimore 21; Game MVP: RB Willie Galimore 142 total yards, 1 TD
    Detroit 27 @ Los Angeles 35; Game MVP: FB Dick Bass 181 total yards, 3 TD
    Dallas 7 @ New York 31; Game MVP: WR Del Shofner 6 receptions, 130 yards, 2 TD
    San Francisco 24 @ Pittsburgh 21; Game MVP: FB C.R. Roberts 119 total yards, 2 TD
    Minnesota 13 @ Green Bay 21; Game MVP: FB Jim Taylor 23 carries, 64 yards, 2 TD
    Cleveland 14 @ St. Louis 0; Game MVP: FB Jim Brown 111 total yards
    Philadelphia 28 @Washington 14; Game MVP: QB Sonny Jurgensen 14/24, 223 yards, 3 TD

    Week 7 Statistical report (TOP 5)
    PASSING YARDS: Y.A. Tittle (NYJ) 2,007 yards; Johnny Unitas (BAL) 1,880 yards; Bart Starr (GB) 1,828 yards; John Brodie (SF) 1,760 yards; Sonny Jurgensen (PHI) 1,707 yards

    TD PASSES: Johnny Unitas (BAL) 16; Y.A. Tittle (NYG) 14; Sonny Jurgensen (PHI) 13; Bobby Layne (PIT) 12; Norm Snead (WAS) 12

    RECEIVING YARDS: Raymond Berry (BAL) 708 yards; Del Shofner (NYG) 694 yards; Red Philips (LA) 689 yards; Clyde Conner (SF) 646 yards; Billy Howton (DAL) 628 yards

    RECEPTIONS: Kyle Rote (NYG) 44; Clyde Conner (SF) 44; Johnny Morris (CHI) 42; Bill Anderson (WAS) 38; Del Shofner (NYG) 37

    TD RECEPTIONS: Raymond Berry (BAL) 9; Del Shofner (NYJ) 7; Johnny Morris (CHI) 6; Red Phillips (LA) 6; Bobby Walston (PHI) 6

    RUSHING YARDS: Jim Brown (CLE) 755 yards; Alex Webster (NYG) 616 yards; Jim Taylor (GB) 607 yards; Hugh McElhenny (MIN) 580 yards; J.D. Smith (SF) 558 yards

    RUSHING TDs: Jim Taylor (GB) 9; Alex Webster (NYG) 9; Jim Brown (CLE) 7; Dick Bass (LA) 5; C.R. Roberts (SF) 5

    TACKLES: Chuck Howley (DAL) 69 tackles; Roy Wilkins (WAS) 69 tackles; Les Richter (LA) 61 tackles; Dick Lasse (WAS) 61 tackles; Wayne Walker (DET) 59 tackles

    SACKS: Wil Renfro (PHI) 6 sacks; Les Richter (LA) 5 sacks; Dick Modzelewski (NYG) 5 sacks; Roland Lakes (SF) 5 sacks; Bill Glass (DET) 4.5 sacks

    PASSES DEFENDED: Johnny Sample (PIT) 10; Abe Woodson (SF) 10; Bernie Parrish (CLE) 9; Lindon Crow (LA) 9; Ben Scotti (WAS) 8

    INTERCEPTIONS: Jimmy Patton (NYG) 10; Don Burroughs (PHI) 7; Jim Kerr (WAS) 7; Bernie Parrish (CLE) 6; Bobby Boyd (BAL) 5

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