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1966 Atlanta Falcons

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3-11-0, Finished 7th in NFL East Division  · 1966 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -15.5, Offense: -6.5, Defense: -9.0, SoS: 1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 204 points (14.6/g), 15th of 15 in the NFL. Allowed 437 points (31.2/g), 14th.
 Differential of -233 points (-16.6/g), 14th.  Expected W-L: 2.0-12.0.

Coach: Norb Hecker (3-11-0)

Stadium: Atlanta Stadium
 Training Camp: YMCA Camp (Black Mountain, North Carolina)

Team Info

Principal Owner Rankin Smith
General Manager Frank Wall
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 204 3536 824 4.3 44 17 22 211 175 381 2017 14 27 4.8 104 405 1519 11 3.8 85
Team Defense 437 5272 902 5.8 32 13 18 295 227 396 3100 26 19 7.2 151 472 2172 20 4.6 126
Lg Rank Offense 15 14 13 10 13 12 12 10 12 13 11 11 11 10
Lg Rank Defense 14 15 10 10 15 5 15 13 10 14 13 15 14 15

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 11 boxscore L 0-1 Los Angeles Rams 14 19 10 237 116 121 2 23 421 275 146 2
2 Sun September 18 boxscore L 0-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 10 23 16 298 202 96 3 20 340 135 205 2
3 Sun September 25 boxscore L 0-3 @ Detroit Lions 10 28 13 259 104 155 3 18 344 208 136 3
4 Sun October 2 boxscore L 0-4 Dallas Cowboys 14 47 20 276 170 106 5 22 363 220 143 2
5 Sun October 9 boxscore L 0-5 @ Washington Redskins 20 33 19 268 146 122 2 26 432 286 146
6 Sun October 16 boxscore L 0-6 San Francisco 49ers 7 44 14 215 156 59 4 29 504 328 176 1
7 Sun October 23 boxscore L 0-7 @ Green Bay Packers 3 56 15 216 76 140 4 19 357 231 126
8 Sun October 30 boxscore L 0-8 Cleveland Browns 17 49 23 321 117 204 3 22 508 295 213 1
9 Sun November 13 boxscore L 0-9 Baltimore Colts 7 19 17 241 152 89 7 13 200 105 95 3
10 Sun November 20 boxscore W 1-9 @ New York Giants 27 16 19 289 167 122 1 21 303 152 151 4
11 Sun November 27 boxscore L 1-10 @ Chicago Bears 6 23 6 167 101 66 3 23 476 177 299 4
12 Sun December 4 boxscore W 2-10 @ Minnesota Vikings 20 13 10 187 114 73 16 270 161 109 6
13 Sun December 11 boxscore W 3-10 St. Louis Cardinals 16 10 11 192 105 87 2 16 296 195 101 3
14 Sun December 18 boxscore L 3-11 Pittsburgh Steelers 33 57 18 370 291 79 5 27 458 332 126 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
11 Randy Johnson 22 QB 14 11 3-8-0 129 295 43.7% 1795 12 4.1 21 7.1 53 6.1 3.7 13.9 128.2 47.8
10 Dennis Claridge 25 qb 7 3 0-3-0 40 70 57.1% 471 2 2.9 2 2.9 62 6.7 6.0 11.8 67.3 75.4
14 Steve Sloan 22 3 0 6 13 46.2% 96 0 0.0 2 15.4 32 7.4 0.5 16.0 32.0 31.7
37 Perry Lee Dunn 25 14 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 2 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0
26 Billy Lothridge 24 P 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 25.7 14 3-11-0 175 381 45.9% 2362 14 3.7 27 7.1 62 6.2 3.7 13.5 168.7 48.9 0 0
Opp Total 14 227 396 57.3% 3376 26 6.6 19 4.8 8.5 7.68 14.9 241.1 87.3 34 276 7.2 6.4 7.9

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
34 Junior Coffey 24 HB 14 0 199 722 4 37 3.6 51.6 14.2 15 182 12.1 1 46 1.1 13.0 904 5 4
30 Ernie Wheelwright 27 FB 14 0 121 458 3 65 3.8 32.7 8.6 15 137 9.1 3 35 1.1 9.8 595 6 2
11 Randy Johnson 22 QB 14 11 35 142 4 21 4.1 10.1 2.5 142 4 13
37 Perry Lee Dunn 25 14 0 22 52 0 10 2.4 3.7 1.6 5 45 9.0 0 16 0.4 3.2 97 0 2
31 Charlie Scales 28 5 0 10 38 0 10 3.8 7.6 2.0 3 16 5.3 0 15 0.6 3.2 54 0 0
10 Dennis Claridge 25 qb 7 3 5 15 0 12 3.0 2.1 0.7 15 0 1
32 Preston Ridlehuber 23 3 0 4 23 0 12 5.8 7.7 1.3 4 84 21.0 2 53 1.3 28.0 107 2 0
29 Ron Rector 22 4 0 4 32 0 20 8.0 8.0 1.0 32 0 0
32 Rudy Johnson 25 1 0 3 3 0 3 1.0 3.0 3.0 3 0 0
24 Jimmy Sidle 23 6 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 2.0 0.2 1 16 16.0 0 16 0.2 2.7 28 0 1
26 Billy Lothridge 24 P 14 0 1 22 0 22 22.0 1.6 0.1 22 0 0
25 Alex Hawkins 29 FL 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 44 661 15.0 2 42 3.7 55.1 661 2 1
85 Bill Martin 24 TE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 29 330 11.4 0 35 2.1 23.6 330 0 0
84 Vern Burke 25 SE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 28 348 12.4 1 45 2.0 24.9 348 1 0
80 Gary Barnes 27 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 173 14.4 1 53 1.3 19.2 173 1 1
87 Taz Anderson 28 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 195 19.5 3 62 1.3 24.4 195 3 0
48 Angelo Coia 28 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 93 23.3 0 39 0.7 15.5 93 0 1
82 Bob Sherlag 23 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 53 13.3 1 30 0.4 5.9 53 1 0
83 Tom Hutchinson 25 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 28 28.0 0 28 0.2 5.6 28 0 0
Team Total 25.7 14 405 1519 11 65 3.8 108.5 28.9 175 2362 13.5 14 62 12.5 168.7 3881 25 30
Opp Total 14 472 2172 20 4.6 155.1 33.7 227 3100 13.7 26 16.2 221.4 5272 46 24

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
40 Ron Smith 23 KR/LCB/PR 14 14 11 80 0 23 7.3 43 1013 0 80 23.6 1093
47 Nick Rassas 22 8 0 4 10 0 6 2.5 8 203 0 32 25.4 213
24 Jimmy Sidle 23 6 0 6 117 0 24 19.5 145
33 Larry Morris 33 12 0 5 50 0 20 10.0 50
36 Ken Reaves 22 14 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 4 85 0 28 21.3 87
31 Charlie Scales 28 5 0 5 101 0 32 20.2 155
82 Bob Sherlag 23 9 0 2 8 0 8 4.0 1 0 0 0 0.0 61
37 Perry Lee Dunn 25 14 0 2 36 0 22 18.0 133
52 Marion Rushing 30 LLB 14 0 2 52 0 35 26.0 52
34 Junior Coffey 24 HB 14 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 922
49 Glenn Glass 26 3 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
25 Alex Hawkins 29 FL 12 0 1 30 0 30 30.0 691
55 Ralph Heck 25 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
85 Bill Martin 24 TE 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 330
44 Bill Wolski 22 2 0 1 21 0 21 21.0 21
Team Total 25.7 14 18 100 0 23 5.6 82 1737 0 80 21.2 5718
Opp Total 14 35 197 1 5.6 44 962 0 21.9

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
26 Billy Lothridge 24 P 14 0 73 2968 60 0 40.7
65 Lou Kirouac 26 K 14 0 3 1 8 4 7 4 18 9 50.0%% 24 19 79.2%%
7 Wade Traynham 24 k 2 0 1 1 0.0%% 2 2 100.0%%
Team Total 25.7 14 3 1 8 4 1 7 4 19 9 47.4%% 26 21 80.8%% 73 2968 60 0 40.7
Opp Total 14 41 25 61.0%% 52 48 92.3%% 38 1467 38.6

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
11 Randy Johnson 22 QB 14 11 0 13 3 -6 0
43 Jerry Richardson 25 LS 14 14 5 68 0 20 0 0 0 1 5 0
40 Ron Smith 23 KR/LCB/PR 14 14 2 6 0 4 0 0 2 2 -1 0
34 Junior Coffey 24 HB 14 0 0 4 1 0 0
22 Lee Calland 25 RCB 14 14 3 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
20 Bob Riggle 22 RS 14 0 3 71 1 62 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Marion Rushing 30 LLB 14 0 3 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
10 Dennis Claridge 25 qb 7 3 0 1 1 0 0
37 Perry Lee Dunn 25 14 0 0 2 0 -5 0
25 Alex Hawkins 29 FL 12 0 0 1 1 4 0
57 Bill Jobko 31 RLB 14 0 2 5 0 3 0
85 Bill Martin 24 TE 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
36 Ken Reaves 22 14 0 1 16 0 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
72 Don Talbert 27 LT 12 12 0 0 2 0 0
30 Ernie Wheelwright 27 FB 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
80 Gary Barnes 27 9 0 0 1 0 0 0
84 Vern Burke 25 SE 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
48 Angelo Coia 28 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
55 Ralph Heck 25 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 Jerry Jones 22 7 0 0 0 1 3 0
73 Errol Linden 29 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
53 Frank Marchlewski 23 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
60 Tommy Nobis* 23 MLB 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
47 Nick Rassas 22 8 0 0 1 0 0 0
68 Bobby Richards 28 LDE 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Karl Rubke 31 LDT 14 12 0 0 1 0 0
31 Charlie Scales 28 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Jimmy Sidle 23 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
86 Tommy Tolleson 23 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.7 14 19 177 1 62 0 0 30 26 0 0
Opp Total 14 38 24 11 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
65 Lou Kirouac 26 K 14 0 19 9 46
30 Ernie Wheelwright 27 FB 14 0 3 3 6 36
34 Junior Coffey 24 HB 14 0 4 1 5 30
11 Randy Johnson 22 QB 14 11 4 4 24
87 Taz Anderson 28 8 0 3 3 18
25 Alex Hawkins 29 FL 12 0 2 2 12
32 Preston Ridlehuber 23 3 0 2 2 12
80 Gary Barnes 27 9 0 1 1 6
84 Vern Burke 25 SE 14 0 1 1 6
20 Bob Riggle 22 RS 14 0 1 1 6
82 Bob Sherlag 23 9 0 1 1 6
7 Wade Traynham 24 k 2 0 2 2
Team Total 25.7 14 11 14 1 26 21 9 204
Opp Total 14 20 26 1 2 3 48 25 1 437

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1966-09-11 RAM L, 14-19 2 53 pass Gary Barnes 53 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Wade Traynham kick)
2 1966-09-11 RAM L, 14-19 3 3 rush Randy Johnson 3 yard rush (Wade Traynham kick)
3 1966-09-18 @ PHI L, 10-23 3 21 pass Alex Hawkins 21 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Lou Kirouac kick)
4 1966-09-25 @ DET L, 10-28 2 1 rush Ernie Wheelwright 1 yard rush (Lou Kirouac kick)
5 1966-10-02 DAL L, 14-47 1 1 rush Junior Coffey 1 yard rush (Lou Kirouac kick)
6 1966-10-02 DAL L, 14-47 3 1 rush Randy Johnson 1 yard rush (Lou Kirouac kick)
7 1966-10-09 @ WAS L, 20-33 1 4 rush Junior Coffey 4 yard rush (Lou Kirouac kick)
8 1966-10-09 @ WAS L, 20-33 2 3 rush Junior Coffey 3 yard rush (Lou Kirouac kick)
9 1966-10-16 SFO L, 7-44 2 23 pass Taz Anderson 23 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Lou Kirouac kick)
10 1966-10-30 CLE L, 17-49 2 1 rush Ernie Wheelwright 1 yard rush (Lou Kirouac kick)
11 1966-10-30 CLE L, 17-49 4 22 pass Alex Hawkins 22 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Lou Kirouac kick)
12 1966-11-13 BAL L, 7-19 2 3 pass Junior Coffey 3 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Lou Kirouac kick)
13 1966-11-20 @ NYG W, 27-16 1 9 pass Ernie Wheelwright 9 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Lou Kirouac kick)
14 1966-11-20 @ NYG W, 27-16 2 8 pass Vern Burke 8 yard pass from Randy Johnson
15 1966-11-20 @ NYG W, 27-16 3 6 pass Ernie Wheelwright 6 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Lou Kirouac kick)
16 1966-11-20 @ NYG W, 27-16 4 3 rush Randy Johnson 3 yard rush (Lou Kirouac kick)
17 1966-11-27 @ CHI L, 6-23 4 30 pass Bob Sherlag 30 yard pass from Randy Johnson
18 1966-12-04 @ MIN W, 20-13 2 1 rush Randy Johnson 1 yard rush (Lou Kirouac kick)
19 1966-12-04 @ MIN W, 20-13 2 1 rush Ernie Wheelwright 1 yard rush
20 1966-12-04 @ MIN W, 20-13 2 62 interception Bob Riggle 62 yard interception return (Lou Kirouac kick)
21 1966-12-11 STL W, 16-10 1 9 pass Ernie Wheelwright 9 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Lou Kirouac kick)
22 1966-12-18 PIT L, 33-57 2 1 rush Junior Coffey 1 yard rush (Lou Kirouac kick)
23 1966-12-18 PIT L, 33-57 3 53 pass Preston Ridlehuber 53 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Lou Kirouac kick)
24 1966-12-18 PIT L, 33-57 3 19 pass Preston Ridlehuber 19 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Lou Kirouac kick)
25 1966-12-18 PIT L, 33-57 4 62 pass Taz Anderson 62 yard pass from Dennis Claridge
26 1966-12-18 PIT L, 33-57 4 12 pass Taz Anderson 12 yard pass from Dennis Claridge

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1966-09-11 RAM W, 19-14 2 51 pass Jack Snow 51 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Bruce Gossett kick)
2 1966-09-18 @ PHI W, 23-10 2 1 rush Norm Snead 1 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
3 1966-09-18 @ PHI W, 23-10 4 1 rush Izzy Lang 1 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
4 1966-09-25 @ DET W, 28-10 1 13 pass Gail Cogdill 13 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
5 1966-09-25 @ DET W, 28-10 2 24 rush Joe Don Looney 24 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
6 1966-09-25 @ DET W, 28-10 2 2 rush Tom Nowatzke 2 yard rush (Wayne Walker kick)
7 1966-09-25 @ DET W, 28-10 4 7 pass Tom Nowatzke 7 yard pass from Milt Plum (Wayne Walker kick)
8 1966-10-02 DAL W, 47-14 2 2 rush Dan Reeves 2 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
9 1966-10-02 DAL W, 47-14 2 11 pass Dan Reeves 11 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
10 1966-10-02 DAL W, 47-14 3 49 pass Bob Hayes 49 yard pass from Don Meredith (Danny Villanueva kick)
11 1966-10-02 DAL W, 47-14 3 1 rush Don Perkins 1 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
12 1966-10-02 DAL W, 47-14 4 97 fumble Chuck Howley 97 yard fumble return (Danny Villanueva kick)
13 1966-10-02 DAL W, 47-14 4 10 pass Frank Clarke 10 yard pass from Craig Morton (Danny Villanueva kick)
14 1966-10-09 @ WAS W, 33-20 1 12 rush Charley Taylor 12 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
15 1966-10-09 @ WAS W, 33-20 2 16 pass Jerry Smith 16 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen
16 1966-10-09 @ WAS W, 33-20 2 86 pass Charley Taylor 86 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Charlie Gogolak kick)
17 1966-10-09 @ WAS W, 33-20 4 3 rush Joe Don Looney 3 yard rush (Charlie Gogolak kick)
18 1966-10-16 SFO W, 44-7 1 10 pass Dave Parks 10 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
19 1966-10-16 SFO W, 44-7 2 18 pass Gary Lewis 18 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
20 1966-10-16 SFO W, 44-7 2 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Tommy Davis kick)
21 1966-10-16 SFO W, 44-7 3 35 interception Jimmy Johnson 35 yard interception return (Tommy Davis kick)
22 1966-10-16 SFO W, 44-7 3 63 pass Jim Jackson 63 yard pass from John Brodie
23 1966-10-16 SFO W, 44-7 4 8 pass Dick Witcher 8 yard pass from George Mira (Tommy Davis kick)
24 1966-10-23 @ GNB W, 56-3 1 3 rush Elijah Pitts 3 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
25 1966-10-23 @ GNB W, 56-3 2 1 rush Jim Taylor 1 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
26 1966-10-23 @ GNB W, 56-3 2 51 pass Carroll Dale 51 yard pass from Bart Starr (Don Chandler kick)
27 1966-10-23 @ GNB W, 56-3 2 5 rush Donny Anderson 5 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)
28 1966-10-23 @ GNB W, 56-3 3 68 interception Herb Adderley 68 yard interception return (Don Chandler kick)
29 1966-10-23 @ GNB W, 56-3 4 24 pass Max McGee 24 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Don Chandler kick)
30 1966-10-23 @ GNB W, 56-3 4 77 punt Donny Anderson 77 yard punt return (Don Chandler kick)
31 1966-10-23 @ GNB W, 56-3 4 40 interception Doug Hart 40 yard interception return (Don Chandler kick)
32 1966-10-30 CLE W, 49-17 1 70 rush Leroy Kelly 70 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
33 1966-10-30 CLE W, 49-17 1 36 pass Paul Warfield 36 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
34 1966-10-30 CLE W, 49-17 2 17 pass Gary Collins 17 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Jim Houston pass from Jim Ninowski)
35 1966-10-30 CLE W, 49-17 3 6 pass Ernie Green 6 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
36 1966-10-30 CLE W, 49-17 4 30 pass Leroy Kelly 30 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
37 1966-10-30 CLE W, 49-17 4 44 pass Clifton McNeil 44 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Lou Groza kick)
38 1966-10-30 CLE W, 49-17 4 15 pass Ralph Smith 15 yard pass from Jim Ninowski (Lou Groza kick)
39 1966-11-13 BAL W, 19-7 3 1 rush Lenny Moore 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
40 1966-11-20 @ NYG L, 16-27 3 3 pass Joe Morrison 3 yard pass from Tom Kennedy (Pete Gogolak kick)
41 1966-11-20 @ NYG L, 16-27 4 12 rush Joe Morrison 12 yard rush
42 1966-11-27 @ CHI W, 23-6 1 10 pass Jim Jones 10 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
43 1966-11-27 @ CHI W, 23-6 4 7 pass Dick Gordon 7 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Roger LeClerc kick)
44 1966-12-04 @ MIN L, 13-20 1 52 pass Preston Carpenter 52 yard pass from Bob Berry (Fred Cox kick)
45 1966-12-11 STL L, 10-16 4 2 rush Terry Nofsinger 2 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
46 1966-12-18 PIT W, 57-33 2 12 pass Gary Ballman 12 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Mike Clark kick)
47 1966-12-18 PIT W, 57-33 2 13 rush Amos Bullocks 13 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
48 1966-12-18 PIT W, 57-33 2 1 rush Cannonball Butler 1 yard rush (run failed)
49 1966-12-18 PIT W, 57-33 3 1 rush Cannonball Butler 1 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
50 1966-12-18 PIT W, 57-33 3 68 pass Roy Jefferson 68 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Mike Clark kick)
51 1966-12-18 PIT W, 57-33 3 23 fumble Clendon Thomas 23 yard fumble return (Mike Clark kick)
52 1966-12-18 PIT W, 57-33 4 2 rush Willie Asbury 2 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)