1961 HOUSTON OILERS – Statis Pro Football – Match #14/14 – Houston Oilers at Oakland Raiders

Posted: June 21, 2022 in Houston Oilers, sport, Statis Pro Football

Box Office – King of Kings (Jeffery Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Robert Ryan)
Billboard #1 – Please Mr Postman – The Marvelettes
UK #1 – Tower of Strength – Frankie Vaughn

Groman to miss final

Despite Oilers coach Wally Lemm benching a number of starters in order to protect them from injury in this last regular game of the season, his worst fears were realised when Bill Groman required assistance to leave the field after being on the receiving end of a big hit. News from the treatment room confirmed that he would be doubtful for the final although a cameo appearance if the situation proves dire enough has not been ruled out.

The game itself was entertaining despite the fact that there was little to play for. Oakland stayed with Houston in the early stages but from the moment when Cannon registered the first of his two td’s, they began to wilt. With the score 20-7 to Houston at half time, Lemm benched more starters which inevitably led to a more disjointed performance as the game wore on.

All told the season has been an unqualified success, particularly with performances improving markedly from the 2nd half of the season. The Oilers fully deserve their place in the final next week against the other stand out team in the AFL, the San Diego Chargers.

17 Dec 1961 – At Candlestick Park San Francisco
Att.8,437 – Weather – Fair
q1q2q3q4Score
Houston Oilers3177734
Oakland Raiders700714
Real Life Houston 47 New York 16

q1 08:20 – Hou – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 40 kick

q1 01:15 – Oak – Wayne Crow HB1 – 3 run (George Fleminginj kick)

q2 12:25 – Hou – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 19 kick

q2 07:15 – Hou – Billy Cannon HB0 – 4 run (Charlie Milstead kick)

q2 00:30 – Hou – Billy Cannon HB0 – 5 pass (Charlie Milstead kick)

q3 10:00 – Hou – Charley Hennigan FL0 – 7 pass (Charlie Milstead kick)

q4 14:00 – Oak – Terry Burch WR3/P – 5 pass (George Fleming kick)

q4 10:00 – Hou – Charley Tolar FB1 – 3 pass (Charlie Milstead kick)

Touchdown!

Player PASSINGAtt.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.SckRating
George Blanda QBA5/PK211315661.90%310104.37
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Bill Groman LE223618.0310
Charley Hennigan FL023115.5241
Willard Dewveall SE4(3)22613.0150
Claude King HB412121.0210
Bob McLeod RE3(2)2157.5120
Dave Smith FB311212.0120
Billy Cannon HB02126.071
Charley Tolar FB1133.031

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Billy Cannon HB0151087.2141
Charley Tolar FB117925.4100
Dave Smith FB34266.580
Claude King HB42115.590

Eastern DivisionWLT
HOUSTON OILERS1220
x – BOSTON PATRIOTS 1040
x – NEW YORK TITANS770
x- BUFFALO BILLS590
x = eliminated from Championship final contention
Western DivisionWLT
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS1220
x- DALLAS TEXANS590
x- DENVER BRONCOS 3110
x- OAKLAND RAIDERS 2120
x = eliminated from Championship game contention

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