1961 HOUSTON OILERS – Statis Pro Football – Match #12/14 – San Diego Chargers at Houston Oilers

Posted: May 26, 2022 in Houston Oilers, sport, Statis Pro Football

Playboy Playmate of the Month – Lynn Karrol
Box Office – The Comancheros (John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin, Lee Marvin)
Billboard #1 – Big Bad John – Jimmy Dean
UK #1 – (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame / Little Sister – Elvis Presley

Houston halt Chargers

What a difference a week makes. Houston entertained the undefeated AFC West champions in what will most likely be a dress rehearsal for the AFL Championship later this month. The Oilers unsurprisingly found it tough going against San Diego and were forced to rely on the kicking of George Blanda early on to keep them in contention with the passing game effectively snuffed out. When Blanda threw a pick 6 in the 2nd quarter, the game was in danger of running away from Houston and a lesser team may have buckled especially when Billy Cannon finally found a way through for a 61 yard gain only for Blanda to throw a third intercepted pass immediately after.

None too polite” words were said in the dressing room at half time and when the second half commenced the Oilers defense set about their opponents with extra zeal. One lapse though was all it took for Bo Roberson to score his second td of the game when he broke clear for a 40 yard dash to the Oilers end zone. With the score now 6-20 in favour of the visitors Blanda finally managed to galvanise his offense for a response and the first td against the Chargers this season. The game turned when Paul Lowe spilled the ball on the Chargers next possession. Houston’s offense didn’t need to be asked twice and followed up with their 2nd td in under a minute. Despite losing club captain Orville Trask to a season ending injury, the defense was now managing to blunt San Diego’s attacks and forced a quick possession change. Blanda then registered his third FG of the game to give Houston a narrow lead. With the ball on the other foot, San Diego were now having to make riskier plays and when they failed to convert a critical 4th down, Houston gratefully ran out the clock for a first ever win against the Chargers.

Despite a strong team performance, overall special mention has to be made of Billy Cannon, once more at the forefront of Houston’s attacks who today beat Dave Smith’s 1960 single rushing record by 2 yds with his 187 yard haul as well as recording the best total rushing yards in a season with 2 games to spare.

Houston are being kept honest by the Patriots who won again but if they can beat the Titans next week they will all but seal the Eastern Conference and thereby set up another mouth watering fixture against the Chargers in the final.

03 Dec 1961 – At Jeppesen Stadium, Houston.
Att.37,845 – Weather – Fair
San Diego Chargers776020
Houston Oilers3314323
real life San Diego 13, Houston 33


q1 09:10 – SD – Bo Roberson HB2- 2 run (George Blair kick)

q1 04:25 – HO – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 30 kick

q2 08:05 – HO – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 11 kick

q2 05:05 – SD – Bob Zeman LSB – 28 interception (George Blair kick)

q3 12:40 – SD – Bo Roberson HB2 – 40 run (kick missed)

q3 07:10 – HO – Billy Cannon HB0 – 3 run (Charlie Milstead kick)

q3 06:40 – HO – Charlie Tolar FB1 – 2 pass (Charlie Milstead kick)

q4 09:55 – HO – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 33 kick

Blanda forced to take evasive action

Player PASSINGAtt.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.Sck
George Blanda QBA5/PK301214240.0%130
Charley Hennigan FL044611.5190
Bill Groman LE012424.0240
Claude King HB412121.0210
Willard Dewveall SE4(3)12020.0200
Billy Cannon FL011616.0160
Charley Tolar FB14153.851

Billy Cannon HB0301876.2611
Dave Smith FB3 294.550
Charley Tolar FB1482.0120
Claude King HB4155.050

Eastern ConferenceWLT
x = Eliminated from Championship contention

Western ConferenceWLT
x = Eliminated from Championship contention

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