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1983 Pittsburgh Steelers

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10-6-0, Finished 1st in AFC Central Division  · 1983 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.1, Offense: -1.2, Defense: 1.1, SoS: -3.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 355 points (22.2/g), 14th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 303 points (18.9/g), 7th.
 Differential of 52 points (3.2/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 9.5-6.5.

Coach: Chuck Noll (10-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Tom Moore
 Defensive Coordinator: Woody Widenhofer
 Other Notable Asst.: Tony Dungy (Defensive Backs)

Stadium: Three Rivers Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Vincent College (Latrobe, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/President Art Rooney
Director of Player Personnel/de facto General Manager Dick Haley
Offensive Scheme Air Coryell
Defensive Alignment 3-4

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 355 5014 1075 4.7 43 20 15 312 211 409 2404 15 23 5.2 141 614 2610 17 4.3 156
Team Defense 303 4732 1006 4.7 45 17 27 278 238 447 2899 19 28 5.8 151 509 1833 14 3.6 100
Lg Rank Offense 14 22 19 20 15 27 27 23 15 27 2 4 10 10
Lg Rank Defense 7 3 8 13 2 3 5 6 3 12 14 7 12 3

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 4 boxscore L 0-1 Denver Broncos 10 14 21 314 191 123 7 14 139 1 138 3
2 Sun September 11 boxscore W 1-1 @ Green Bay Packers 25 21 27 471 186 285 17 363 276 87 1
3 Sun September 18 boxscore W 2-1 @ Houston Oilers 40 28 25 451 176 275 3 16 311 254 57 5
4 Sun September 25 boxscore L 2-2 New England Patriots 23 28 30 448 238 210 3 12 296 208 88 1
5 Sun October 2 boxscore W 3-2 Houston Oilers 17 10 14 225 88 137 19 270 147 123 3
6 Mon October 10 boxscore W 4-2 @ Cincinnati Bengals 24 14 9 168 112 56 2 22 281 176 105 5
7 Sun October 16 boxscore W 5-2 Cleveland Browns 44 17 19 332 186 146 2 27 449 290 159 7
8 Sun October 23 boxscore W 6-2 @ Seattle Seahawks 27 21 26 340 158 182 2 14 254 197 57 4
9 Sun October 30 boxscore W 7-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 12 21 338 209 129 7 13 236 105 131
10 Sun November 6 boxscore W 8-2 San Diego Chargers 26 3 19 288 132 156 2 11 218 159 59 4
11 Sun November 13 boxscore W 9-2 @ Baltimore Colts 24 13 24 366 152 214 1 16 334 199 135 3
12 Sun November 20 boxscore L 9-3 Minnesota Vikings 14 17 14 236 128 108 1 20 338 188 150 2
13 Thu November 24 boxscore L 9-4 @ Detroit Lions 3 45 10 218 84 134 5 25 328 129 199 1
14 Sun December 4 boxscore L 9-5 Cincinnati Bengals 10 23 9 154 70 84 5 21 354 159 195
15 Sat December 10 boxscore W 10-5 @ New York Jets 34 7 22 380 138 242 1 13 251 215 36 5
16 Sun December 18 boxscore L 10-6 @ Cleveland Browns 17 30 22 285 156 129 2 18 310 196 114 1
Playoffs
Division Sun January 1 boxscore L 10-7 @ Los Angeles Raiders 10 38 17 331 169 162 2 24 413 225 188

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
18 Cliff Stoudt 28 QB 16 15 9-6-0 197 381 51.7% 2553 12 3.1 21 5.5 52 6.7 4.9 13.0 159.6 60.6 51 339 5.13 3.49 11.8 2 2
16 Mark Malone 25 2 0 9 20 45.0% 124 1 5.0 2 10.0 38 6.2 2.7 13.8 62.0 42.5 1 11 5.38 2.05 4.8
12 Terry Bradshaw 35 qb 1 1 1-0-0 5 8 62.5% 77 2 25.0 0 0.0 24 9.6 14.6 15.4 77.0 133.9 0 0 9.63 14.63 0.0
Team Total 26.2 16 10-6-0 211 409 51.6% 2754 15 3.7 23 5.6 52 6.7 4.9 13.1 172.1 61.9 52 350 5.21 3.62 11.3 2 2
Opp Total 16 238 447 53.2% 3260 19 4.3 28 6.3 7.3 5.32 13.7 203.8 64.9 50 361 5.8 4.1 10.1

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
32 Franco Harris 33 FB 16 16 279 1007 5 19 3.6 62.9 17.4 34 278 8.2 2 29 2.1 17.4 1285 7 10
30 Frank Pollard 26 rb 16 3 135 608 4 32 4.5 38.0 8.4 16 127 7.9 0 17 1.0 7.9 735 4 5
34 Walter Abercrombie 24 RB 15 13 112 446 4 50 4.0 29.7 7.5 26 391 15.0 3 51 1.7 26.1 837 7 2
18 Cliff Stoudt 28 QB 16 15 77 479 4 23 6.2 29.9 4.8 479 4 10
27 Greg Hawthorne 27 rb 10 4 5 47 0 20 9.4 4.7 0.5 19 300 15.8 0 52 1.9 30.0 347 0 0
43 Tim Harris 22 14 0 2 15 0 10 7.5 1.1 0.1 15 0 2
44 Henry Odom 24 KR 16 0 2 7 0 4 3.5 0.4 0.1 7 0 2
85 Calvin Sweeney 28 WR/wr 16 16 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.1 0.1 39 577 14.8 5 42 2.4 36.1 575 5 0
12 Terry Bradshaw 35 qb 1 1 1 3 0 3 3.0 3.0 1.0 3 0 0
89 Bennie Cunningham 29 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 35 442 12.6 3 29 2.2 27.6 442 3 4
86 Gregg Garrity 23 wr 15 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 279 14.7 1 38 1.3 18.6 279 1 1
80 Wayne Capers 22 wr 11 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 185 18.5 1 36 0.9 16.8 185 1 0
82 John Stallworth 31 WR 4 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 100 12.5 0 20 2.0 25.0 100 0 0
81 Paul Skansi 22 PR 15 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 39 13.0 0 21 0.2 2.6 39 0 5
87 John Rodgers 23 te 15 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 36 18.0 0 25 0.1 2.4 36 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 614 2610 17 50 4.3 163.1 38.4 211 2754 13.1 15 52 13.2 172.1 5364 32 42
Opp Total 16 509 1833 14 3.6 114.6 31.8 238 2899 12.2 19 14.9 181.2 4732 33 34

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
81 Paul Skansi 22 PR 15 0 43 363 0 57 8.4 402
44 Henry Odom 24 KR 16 0 39 756 0 35 19.4 763
43 Tim Harris 22 14 0 3 12 0 8 4.0 18 289 0 32 16.1 316
22 Rick Woods 24 FS 15 9 5 46 0 13 9.2 46
54 Craig Bingham 24 12 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
90 Bob Kohrs 25 9 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
55 Rick Donnalley 25 rg 16 7 0 2 0 2 2
Team Total 26.2 16 51 421 0 57 8.3 59 1068 0 35 18.1 6853
Opp Total 16 44 418 1 9.5 65 1507 1 23.2

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
5 Craig Colquitt 29 P 16 0 80 3352 58 0 41.9
1 Gary Anderson* 24 K 16 0 2 2 9 8 10 9 10 8 31 27 87.1%% 39 38 97.4%%
Team Total 26.2 16 2 2 9 8 10 9 10 8 31 27 87.1%% 39 38 97.4%% 80 3352 58 0 41.9
Opp Total 16 20 15 75.0%% 37 36 97.3%% 88 3617 41.1

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
93 Keith Willis 24 de 14 4 14.0 0 0 1 0 0
18 Cliff Stoudt 28 QB 16 15 0 10 2 0 0
32 Franco Harris 33 FB 16 16 0 10 0 0 0
92 Keith Gary 24 de 16 2 7.5 0 0 2 17 0
58 Jack Lambert*+ 31 RILB 15 15 4.0 2 -1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
56 Robin Cole 28 ROLB 16 16 5.0 0 0 2 20 0
81 Paul Skansi 22 PR 15 0 0 5 2 0 0
22 Rick Woods 24 FS 15 9 5 53 0 31 0 0 0 2 38 1
67 Gary Dunn 30 NT 13 12 6.0
30 Frank Pollard 26 rb 16 3 0 5 1 0 0
31 Donnie Shell 31 SS 16 16 5 18 0 18 0 0 0 1 0 0
57 Mike Merriweather 23 LOLB 16 16 0.5 3 55 1 31 0 0 0 2 0 0
47 Mel Blount 35 RCB 16 16 4 32 0 21 0 0 0 1 3 1
89 Bennie Cunningham 29 TE 16 16 0 4 1 0 0
65 Tom Beasley 29 RDE 16 14 2.5 0 0 2 0 0
29 Ron Johnson 27 fs 12 7 3 84 1 34 0 0 0 1 5 0
49 Dwayne Woodruff 26 LCB 15 15 1.0 3 85 0 47 0
33 Harvey Clayton 22 14 0 2.0 1 70 1 70 0
43 Tim Harris 22 14 0 0 2 1 0 0
53 Bryan Hinkle 24 16 0 1 14 1 14 0 0 0 2 4 0
64 Edmund Nelson 23 nt 16 5 3.0
44 Henry Odom 24 KR 16 0 0 2 1 0 0
90 Bob Kohrs 25 9 0 1.5 0 0 1 0 0 1
34 Walter Abercrombie 24 RB 15 13 0 2 0 0 0
86 Gregg Garrity 23 wr 15 3 0 1 1 0 0
66 Ted Petersen 28 LT 13 13 0 0 2 0 0
69 Gabe Rivera 22 6 0 2.0
52 Mike Webster*+ 31 C 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
25 Greg Best 23 13 0 0 0 1 94 1
71 Emil Boures 23 t 16 3 0 1 0 0 0
95 John Goodman 25 LDE 14 11 1.0
27 Greg Hawthorne 27 rb 10 4 0 0 1 0 0
62 Tunch Ilkin 26 RT 11 10 0 0 1 0 0
16 Mark Malone 25 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
41 Sam Washington 23 16 0 1 25 0 25 0
73 Craig Wolfley 25 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 50.0 28 435 4 70 0 0 42 37 181 3 1
Opp Total 16 52 34 17

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
1 Gary Anderson* 24 K 16 0 38 27 119
34 Walter Abercrombie 24 RB 15 13 4 3 7 42
32 Franco Harris 33 FB 16 16 5 2 7 42
85 Calvin Sweeney 28 WR/wr 16 16 5 5 30
30 Frank Pollard 26 rb 16 3 4 4 24
18 Cliff Stoudt 28 QB 16 15 4 4 24
89 Bennie Cunningham 29 TE 16 16 3 3 18
25 Greg Best 23 13 0 1 1 6
47 Mel Blount 35 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
80 Wayne Capers 22 wr 11 4 1 1 6
33 Harvey Clayton 22 14 0 1 1 6
86 Gregg Garrity 23 wr 15 3 1 1 6
53 Bryan Hinkle 24 16 0 1 1 6
29 Ron Johnson 27 fs 12 7 1 1 6
57 Mike Merriweather 23 LOLB 16 16 1 1 6
22 Rick Woods 24 FS 15 9 1 1 6
90 Bob Kohrs 25 9 0 1 2
Team Total 26.2 16 17 15 3 4 39 38 27 1 355
Opp Total 16 14 19 1 1 2 36 15 303

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1983-09-04 DEN L, 10-14 2 4 rush Franco Harris 4 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
2 1983-09-11 @ GNB W, 25-21 1 3 rush Franco Harris 3 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
3 1983-09-11 @ GNB W, 25-21 2 1 rush Cliff Stoudt 1 yard rush
4 1983-09-11 @ GNB W, 25-21 4 1 rush Frank Pollard 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
5 1983-09-18 @ HOU W, 40-28 3 6 rush Franco Harris 6 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
6 1983-09-18 @ HOU W, 40-28 3 30 pass Walter Abercrombie 30 yard pass from Cliff Stoudt (Gary Anderson kick)
7 1983-09-18 @ HOU W, 40-28 4 14 interception Bryan Hinkle 14 yard interception return (Gary Anderson kick)
8 1983-09-18 @ HOU W, 40-28 4 50 rush Walter Abercrombie 50 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
9 1983-09-25 NWE L, 23-28 1 3 pass Calvin Sweeney 3 yard pass from Cliff Stoudt (Gary Anderson kick)
10 1983-09-25 NWE L, 23-28 4 26 pass Walter Abercrombie 26 yard pass from Cliff Stoudt (Gary Anderson kick)
11 1983-10-02 HOU W, 17-10 2 1 rush Frank Pollard 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
12 1983-10-02 HOU W, 17-10 4 51 pass Walter Abercrombie 51 yard pass from Cliff Stoudt (Gary Anderson kick)
13 1983-10-10 @ CIN W, 24-14 1 38 fumble Rick Woods 38 yard fumble return (Gary Anderson kick)
14 1983-10-10 @ CIN W, 24-14 4 34 interception Ron Johnson 34 yard interception return (Gary Anderson kick)
15 1983-10-10 @ CIN W, 24-14 4 70 interception Harvey Clayton 70 yard interception return (Gary Anderson kick)
16 1983-10-16 CLE W, 44-17 1 1 rush Walter Abercrombie 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
17 1983-10-16 CLE W, 44-17 1 31 interception Mike Merriweather 31 yard interception return (Gary Anderson kick)
18 1983-10-16 CLE W, 44-17 2 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
19 1983-10-16 CLE W, 44-17 2 40 pass Calvin Sweeney 40 yard pass from Cliff Stoudt (Gary Anderson kick)
20 1983-10-16 CLE W, 44-17 4 94 fumble Greg Best 94 yard fumble return (Gary Anderson kick)
21 1983-10-23 @ SEA W, 27-21 1 9 rush Franco Harris 9 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
22 1983-10-23 @ SEA W, 27-21 2 1 rush Cliff Stoudt 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
23 1983-10-23 @ SEA W, 27-21 2 1 rush Frank Pollard 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
24 1983-10-30 TAM W, 17-12 4 11 pass Wayne Capers 11 yard pass from Cliff Stoudt (Gary Anderson kick)
25 1983-10-30 TAM W, 17-12 4 2 rush Frank Pollard 2 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
26 1983-11-06 SDG W, 26-3 1 6 rush Walter Abercrombie 6 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
27 1983-11-06 SDG W, 26-3 1 3 fumble Mel Blount 3 yard fumble return (Gary Anderson kick)
28 1983-11-13 @ BAL W, 24-13 1 11 rush Walter Abercrombie 11 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
29 1983-11-13 @ BAL W, 24-13 2 7 pass Calvin Sweeney 7 yard pass from Cliff Stoudt (Gary Anderson kick)
30 1983-11-13 @ BAL W, 24-13 4 2 pass Bennie Cunningham 2 yard pass from Cliff Stoudt (Gary Anderson kick)
31 1983-11-20 MIN L, 14-17 1 3 pass Bennie Cunningham 3 yard pass from Cliff Stoudt (Gary Anderson kick)
32 1983-11-20 MIN L, 14-17 4 4 rush Cliff Stoudt 4 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
33 1983-12-04 CIN L, 10-23 4 29 pass Franco Harris 29 yard pass from Cliff Stoudt (Gary Anderson kick)
34 1983-12-10 @ NYJ W, 34-7 1 17 pass Gregg Garrity 17 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Gary Anderson kick)
35 1983-12-10 @ NYJ W, 34-7 2 10 pass Calvin Sweeney 10 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Gary Anderson kick)
36 1983-12-10 @ NYJ W, 34-7 3 13 pass Bennie Cunningham 13 yard pass from Cliff Stoudt (Gary Anderson kick)
37 1983-12-10 @ NYJ W, 34-7 4 18 pass Calvin Sweeney 18 yard pass from Cliff Stoudt (Gary Anderson kick)
38 1983-12-18 @ CLE L, 17-30 2 3 rush Cliff Stoudt 3 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
39 1983-12-18 @ CLE L, 17-30 4 2 pass Franco Harris 2 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1983-09-04 DEN W, 14-10 2 1 rush Sammy Winder 1 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
2 1983-09-04 DEN W, 14-10 4 2 pass Ron Egloff 2 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Rich Karlis kick)
3 1983-09-11 @ GNB L, 21-25 1 71 pass James Lofton 71 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Jan Stenerud kick)
4 1983-09-11 @ GNB L, 21-25 2 73 pass James Lofton 73 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Jan Stenerud kick)
5 1983-09-11 @ GNB L, 21-25 4 12 pass James Lofton 12 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Jan Stenerud kick)
6 1983-09-18 @ HOU L, 28-40 1 97 kickoff Carl Roaches 97 yard kickoff return (Florian Kempf kick)
7 1983-09-18 @ HOU L, 28-40 4 1 rush Larry Moriarty 1 yard rush (Florian Kempf kick)
8 1983-09-18 @ HOU L, 28-40 4 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Florian Kempf kick)
9 1983-09-18 @ HOU L, 28-40 4 28 pass Herkie Walls 28 yard pass from Archie Manning (Florian Kempf kick)
10 1983-09-25 NWE W, 28-23 1 27 interception Clayton Weishuhn 27 yard interception return (John Smith kick)
11 1983-09-25 NWE W, 28-23 2 4 pass Derrick Ramsey 4 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
12 1983-09-25 NWE W, 28-23 3 4 rush Tony Collins 4 yard rush (John Smith kick)
13 1983-09-25 NWE W, 28-23 4 76 pass Stephen Starring 76 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
14 1983-10-02 HOU L, 10-17 3 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Florian Kempf kick)
15 1983-10-10 @ CIN L, 14-24 2 1 rush Pete Johnson 1 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
16 1983-10-10 @ CIN L, 14-24 2 41 interception James Griffin 41 yard interception return (Jim Breech kick)
17 1983-10-16 CLE L, 17-44 2 23 rush Boyce Green 23 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
18 1983-10-16 CLE L, 17-44 3 1 rush Boyce Green 1 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
19 1983-10-23 @ SEA L, 21-27 3 1 rush Curt Warner 1 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
20 1983-10-23 @ SEA L, 21-27 4 21 pass Steve Largent 21 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick)
21 1983-10-23 @ SEA L, 21-27 4 26 pass Paul Johns 26 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick)
22 1983-11-13 @ BAL L, 13-24 3 5 rush Curtis Dickey 5 yard rush (Raul Allegre kick)
23 1983-11-20 MIN W, 17-14 1 30 pass Sam McCullum 30 yard pass from Steve Dils (Benny Ricardo kick)
24 1983-11-20 MIN W, 17-14 3 6 pass Tony Galbreath 6 yard pass from Steve Dils (Benny Ricardo kick)
25 1983-11-24 @ DET W, 45-3 1 2 rush Billy Sims 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
26 1983-11-24 @ DET W, 45-3 1 13 pass Ulysses Norris 13 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
27 1983-11-24 @ DET W, 45-3 2 4 pass Ulysses Norris 4 yard pass from Eric Hipple (Eddie Murray kick)
28 1983-11-24 @ DET W, 45-3 3 2 rush Billy Sims 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
29 1983-11-24 @ DET W, 45-3 4 81 punt Robbie Martin 81 yard punt return (Eddie Murray kick)
30 1983-11-24 @ DET W, 45-3 4 5 pass Jeff Chadwick 5 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Eddie Murray kick)
31 1983-12-04 CIN W, 23-10 1 1 rush Pete Johnson 1 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
32 1983-12-04 CIN W, 23-10 1 16 rush Pete Johnson 16 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
33 1983-12-10 @ NYJ L, 7-34 3 27 pass Lam Jones 27 yard pass from Pat Ryan (Pat Leahy kick)
34 1983-12-18 @ CLE W, 30-17 1 64 pass Rocky Belk 64 yard pass from Brian Sipe
35 1983-12-18 @ CLE W, 30-17 2 3 pass Harry Holt 3 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
36 1983-12-18 @ CLE W, 30-17 2 4 pass Ricky Feacher 4 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)
37 1983-12-18 @ CLE W, 30-17 3 1 pass Harry Holt 1 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Matt Bahr kick)