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C-4Pro football the Cincinnati enquiklk Monaay, ucwikt m, iV iu Cowboys 35, Bengals 23 Cowboy Edwards makes an impact Ex-Aiken star helps foil Bengals ... . " ?i ' V x i I f V pi i'H , r ' i - :: . ' " '-9 " i7 ' w,v A 1 - -'J r f7 V. ' BY HARRY LISTER The Arkansas Gazette IRVING, Texas On draft day, the Dallas Cowboys' braintrust could barely contain its glee over what it perceived to be an outstanding haul of rookie talent. Russell Maryland, the top pick overall, fellow first-rounder Alvin Harper, and linebackers Dixon Edwards and Godfrey Myles were touted as players who would have an immediate impact on Dallas' fortunes. Well, the season is nearly half-gone. Maryland is seeing spot duty at defensive tackle, where he plays behind Tony Casillas and Jimmie Jones. Harper has caught just two passes, getting his bell rung last week at Milwaukee, and saw only limited action Sunday. Truth is, with the unlikely exception of 12th-rounder Larry Brown who starts at a cornerback position that Manny Hen-drix played himself out of none of the other nine draftees who made the active roster had truly distinguished themselves. At least until Sunday. Edwards returned an interception 36 yards for the clinching touchdown, and running back Ricky Blake, a free agent rookie, added another score in the Cowboys' 35-23 victory over the Bengals. Edwards, a second-round pick from Michigan State, was slowed in training camp and again during the early part of the season by nagging injuries. He came off injured reserve last week, and got his first extensive action Sunday subbing for linebackers Vinson Smith and Ken Norton. The timing was especially prescient for Edwards, who grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from Aiken High School. "It's very exciting," Edwards said. "A lot of people (back home) were watching this game." Edwards, who played most of the second half, said he envisioned something special might happen Sunday. "Yeah, I thought about it, like, 'What if I get in? What if I get an interception?' " he said. Blake, also activated last week, wowed the Dallas staff at training camp with his punishing runs. But the former WLAF All-Star with the San Antonio Riders was feeling the collective toll of nine months without a break from football, and said the stay on IR was critical for his recovery. "If I didn't have the break for four weeks, I don't think I would be playing right now," he said. Blake, spelling Emmitt Smith, burst through a huge hole and rambled 30 yards for a touchdown on his first NFL carry. Blake, who said his only thought was "don't put it on the ground," kept the ball and plans to send it to his mother. Aikman picked off, streak ends Troy Aikman had thrown 116 straight passes without an interception before he was picked off in the third quarter by Alonzo Mitz. The streak was the longest of Aikman's career and the longest by a Cowboy since Roger Staubach's threw 149 passes without an interception in 1978-79. Cowboys draw big crowds The crowd of 63,275 was the 11th straight game the Cowboys have drawn over 60,000, tying a Texas Stadium record set in the 1983-84 seasons. The Associated Press Running back Ricky Blake breaks through the Bengals line on his way to 30-yard touchdown run. Green took long way to end zone 1 GOAT OF THE GAME: Boomer Esiason. He's beginning to look like the 20th rated quarterback in the NFL. His numbers were decent 1 7-f or-30 for 191 yards but he had two interceptions and no touchdown passes. He now has nine interceptions and four TD passes on the year. HERO OF THE GAME: Michael Irvin. The wide receiver had six catches for 148 yards. None was bigger than the 61 -yarder that set up Emmitt Smith's 2-yard touchdown y - lllljf Jf - 'J run on the first play of the fourth quarter. The play came immediately after the Bengals had Dixon Edwards taken a 23-21 lead. Smith's TD gave them the lead for good. PLAY OF THE GAME: Harold Green's 75-yard touchdown run. Green improvised, cutting back to break free. Green's run, sixth longest ever by a Bengal and longest since Archie Griffin's 77-yarder against Kansas City in 1976, started as a sweep to the left. Green was about to be thrown for a loss by Jim Jeffcoat when he reversed his field, got blocks from Esiason and Eddie Brown, and went all the way. The journey required 1 8 seconds. Green ran 1 2 times for 1 24 yards on the day. KEY STATISTIC: The Bengals have now been outscored, 74-3, in the second quarter. Said Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson: "The no-huddle offense keeps you from getting in the right defensive set, and they usually have a good first quarter. It takes your defense a quarter to get adjusted to their scheme." TURNING POINT: Dixon Edwards' 36-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Aiken High School product picked off a tipped Esiason pass and raced untouched for a score. QUOTE OF THE GAME: "It's like there's a ghost back there, coming up behind us when we get close and saying, 'Here it is again; you're not going to make it,' " said Green. "It's in the back of a lot of our minds, and it's something we have to overcome as a unit." 75-yarder was made for highlights BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer IRVING, Texas The Bengals managed one play in their sixth straight loss that should be a staple for future highlight reels a 75-yard Harold Green touchdown run that was closer to 125 yards in actual distance traveled by the back. With the Bengals trailing, 21-10, Green opened Cincinnati's offensive second half by taking a pitch to the left side on a play that started at the 25-yard line. He went from the middle of the field almost to the left sideline, fighting off defensive end Jim Jeffcoat, before concluding there was no room upfield. No problem. Green reversed field against an overpursuing Dallas defense, ran another 25 yards or so laterally, and then cut upfield. He wasn't touched as he completed the seventh-longest rushing play in club history. It was the longest by a Bengal since 1976. "To me, it all just seemed to happen so fast," said Green. "I was a little surprised Jeffcoat wasn't able to bear-hug me down, he's such a big guy. But once I got past him on the way back across the field, I could tell they didn't have many people on that side of the field." Green finished with 124 yards on 12 carries, his first 100-yard day as a pro. The second-year back figures to get plenty more chances in weeks to come. "He showed a lot (on the 75-yarder)," said running backs coach Jim Anderson. "He executed the play the way we designed it, but then came a point where natural ability had to take over. And if you've got that natural ability and you get chances, good things are going to happen." Even quarter blues The Bengals are starting off halves well enough, but finishing them in abysmal fashion. They have outscored opponents, 27-17, in the first quarter and, 41-29, in the third quarter, but have been outscored, 74-10, in the second quarter and, 51-13, in the fourth. Overall, that's an advantage of 68-46 in odd-number quarters and a glaring deficit 125-23 in the even-number ones. Dallas gained 205 yards in the second quarter against the Bengals. Dallas' 21 points were its most in a quarter in four years. "We gave up big passes and big runs and couldn't tackle," said Bengals defensive coordinator Dick Williams Tuatagaloa... Grant... Miti... Inter captions Mltl Fulcher... Totals- No. Yds LG TD 18 8 0 1 23 23 0 2 31 23 0 No. Yds LG. TD 2 12 9 0 2 12 9 0 No. Yds LG TD Punt Returns Barber Totals. Kickoff Returns Ball King... Brooks... 21 34 35 4 94 Totals. COWBOYS Rushing E. Smith.... Aikman Blake Johnston... Agee Totals The Associated Press Aft. Net Av. LG TD 19 60 3.2 12 I 2 0 0.0 2 1 6 38 6.3 30 1 2 13 6.5 9 0 1 -1 .1.0 -1 0 31 IN 13 It Had Att Cmp. Yds. TD LG Int 22 14 276 I 61 2 22 14 276 1 61 2 No. Yds LG TD Harold Green finished with 124 yards on 12 carries, his first 100-yard day as a pro. Passing Aikman... Totals Recoivlng Martin Wright 1 8 8 trvin... TEAM Bengals Cowboys TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 17 19 Bv Rushing..... 7 6 By Passing 9 1J By Penslly 1 1 3RD DOWN: MADEATT 4-12 24 4TH DOWN: MADEATT 1-2 0-0 TOTAL NET YARDS 352 374 Total Plays 63 54 Avg. gain off. play 5.6 6.9 NET YARDS RUSHING 174 110 Total Rushing Plays 30 31 Ayg, Per rush 5.8 3.5 NET YARDS PASSING 178 264 Time Sacked 203 1-12 Gross Yards Passing. 191 276 ATT.COMP.INT 31-17-2 22-14-2 Avg. Per pass 5.4 11.5 KICK.'E.ZONETOUCH 63 0-1-0 PUNTSAVG 3-53.0 4-438 Hod blocked 0 0 FGSPATS BLOCKED 0-0 0-0 TOTAL RETURN YARD 43 71 No.Yards punt returns 2-12 3-35 No.Yards kickoff returns 6-94 3-60 No.Yards Int. returns... 2-31 2-36 PENALTIES YARDS , 4-19 2-10 FUMBLESLOST.., 1-1 0-0 TOUCHDOWNS 2 5 Rushing 2 3 Passing 0 1 Returns , 0 1 EXTRA PTS. WADE ATT 2-2 5-5 FGS MADEATT.. 3-3 0-0 TIME OF POSSESSION 31:09 28:51 INDIVIDUAL BENGALS Rushing Alt. Net Av. L6 TD Green 12 124 10 3 75 1 Brown........ 1 8 80 8 0 Brooks 13 35 2.7 10 1 Taylor 4 7 IB 2 0 Totals 30 174 SJ 75 2 Had Passing Art Cmp. Yds TD LG Int Esiason 31 17 191 0 39 2 Totli,. 31 17 191 0 39 2 Receiving No. Yds LG TD Brooks 2 11 6 0 Brown 7 58 1 4 0 McGeo 4 59 19 0 Green . 15 5 0 Tayloi 16 6 0 Holman u 2 52 39 0 Totals 17 191 39 0 Punting No. Yds Av. LG Johnson...... 3 159 53.0 53 Totals J 159 53.0 S3 Tacklts No. Ast Tot Sc Thomas .., 2 0 2 0 BMIups , 3 14 0 Bussey 2 0 2 0 Dlxon 3 0 3 0 Fulcher ........... 4 0 4 0 Francis 4 0 4 0 Barker 2 0 2 0 Krumrie 4 0 4 0 1 53 53 141 61 3 18 8 1 26 26 1 15 15 I 8 8 M 276 41 E. Smith.... Novacek... Johnston.. Await Punting Saxon. . Totals No. Yds Av. LG 4 175 43 8 52 4 175 43J 52 Ast Tot Sck 0 6 0 1 held their pace of three giveaways per game. They now have 18 for the season. Last week, their total of 15 was tied for fourth-worst in the league. The Bengals had two takeways, and fell to minus-8 in turnover differential. Last week, their mi-nus-7 figure was tied for worst in the AFC. Streaks Eddie Brown remains without a touchdown reception this season . . . James Francis has one sack in his last 17 games, dating back to last season and including the 1990 playoffs . . . Boomer Esiason has gone three straight games without throwing a touchdown pass for the first time in his Bengals career as a starter. sports is." Dazzling debut The 30-yard touchdown run by Dallas' Ricky Blake in the second quarter came on the first carry of his NFL career. Blake, a product of the World League and the Canda-dian League, used a clearing block by fullback Darryl Johnston on David Fulcher to break free for a score that erased a 10-7 Bengals lead. "The coaches told me to go in, and so I did," said Blake. "I didn't know how long I was going to be in there. I just went in and it just so happened they called my number." Still giving With two interceptions thrown by Boomer Esiason and a lost fumble by James Brooks, the Bengals LeBeau. "To me, the second quarter was the difference in the game." Lessons from Thomas Sam Wyche said he has learned something about how to deal with harsh media treatment from the televised confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. "I'm learning a great deal of lessons, and I have taken a great many courses in patience and maintaining your confidence from Judge Clarence Thomas," Wyche said. "He's going through some things on a much larger scale that I go through on a mini-scale." For him to handle it the way he does ... I sit there and watch that circus they call a hearing ... and in a little scale I think that's what 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Tack lot Horton Williams Brown... Gent Holt Washington Bates Norton , Prultt Del Rio Smith , Edwards..... Browniow..,. Maryland Casillas Jetfroat Tolbert Stubos Interceptions Holt Edwords Totals Yds LG TD 0 0 0 36 36 1 36 36 1 Yds LG TD 60 25 0 60 25 0 Kickoff Returns Dixon Totals t

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