Redskins turn one over, 19-10 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles aid Miami PRO FOOTBALL

August 15, 1993|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

MIAMI -- The Washington Redskins looked as if they were playing their second game in six nights.

Showing little of the offensive firepower they displayed Monday night when they crushed the Cleveland Browns, 41-12, in their preseason opener, the Redskins made seven turnovers and lost to the Miami Dolphins, 19-10, last night before 49,896 fans at Joe Robbie Stadium.

Even though the defense was playing without four starters (Tim Johnson, Kurt Gouveia, Brad Edwards and Shane Collins), it handcuffed the Dolphins offense most of the way.

But the Redskins offense, which was missing only one starter (Jim Lachey) at the outset, was limited to a Chip Lohmiller field goal after Mark Rypien departed in the second period.

The field goal, with 8:25 left in the game, climaxed a 58-yard drive engineered by third-string quarterback Chris Hakel and gave the Redskins a 10-9 lead.

The Redskins were then within one play of taking control when Troy Taylor completed a 37-yard pass to Mike Williams, who beat Irvin Smith, on a third-and-12 play at the Miami 33. Lamont Hollinquist was called for rushing the passer on the play, which gave the Dolphins 15 more yards.

That set up Pete Stoyanovich's fourth field goal, a 24-yarder with 2:21 left in the game, which gave the Dolphins the victory. The field goal wrapped up an 11-play, 74-yard drive that included 10- and 15-yard penalties by the Dolphins.

On the next play after the ensuing kickoff, Issiac Holt intercepted a Hakel pass and returned it 37 yards for the touchdown that made it 19-10 with 1:58 left and wrapped up the victory.

The Dolphins intercepted five passes (Rypien and Cary Conklin were each intercepted once and Hakel had three picked off) and the Redskins lost two fumbles. One was a Brian Mitchell fumble from the Miami 1 that went out of the end zone and cost the Redskins a possible touchdown.

On the Redskins' first series, Rypien directed a 12-play, 54-yard touchdown drive that was climaxed by Mitchell's 3-yard run up the middle. The drive featured passes of 9 yards to Ricky Sanders and 10 yards to Desmond Howard. Rypien also completed a 5-yard pass to Mitchell on a third-and-three play at the Dolphins 9.

That drive gave Rypien three touchdown drives on the first three possessions he led during the exhibition season.

On the next possession, Rypien threw a pass to Sanders that was intercepted by Louis Oliver. The Dolphins cashed that in on a 37-yard field goal by Stoyanovich.

After the ensuing kickoff, and a 42-yard return by Mitchell, the Redskins took over on their 43.

The Redskins got to the Miami 1 on a diving catch by Howard for a 39-yard gain on a broken play. But Mitchell then fumbled the ball out of the end zone for a touchback.

Rypien had the ball one more series, but he threw two incompletions and the Redskins failed to get a first down. He still finished 8-for-11 for 90 yards. His statistics were virtually identical to last week, when he completed eight of 12 for 123 yards and a touchdown against the Browns. For the first two games, he's 16 of 23 for 213 yards and one touchdown and one interception.

Conklin replaced Rypien and completed only two of seven passes for 25 yards in the first half.

Dan Marino played the first three series for the Dolphins and produced only one first down on a 13-yard pass to Irvin Fryar.

Scott Mitchell replaced Marino and also had trouble moving the ball against the Redskins defense.

Marino completed five of nine for 28 yards, and Mitchell two of eight for 14 yards. The Dolphins failed to gain a yard rushing while Marino was in and got only 24 yards rushing in the first half.

It took an interception of a Conklin pass by Vestee Jackson to set up Stoyanovich's second field goal, a 46-yarder midway in the second period that cut the Redskins lead to 7-6 at halftime.

The most productive player in the first half was Howard, who caught four passes for 70 yards as he moved ahead of Art Monk into the third receiver slot for the Redskins behind Sanders and ++ Tim McGee.

The defensive tone of the game continued at the outset of the second half when the teams traded fumbles. Roosevelt Collins recovered a Ricky Ervins fumble on the first play of the second half, but Smith then recovered a Terry Kirby fumble to get the ball back for the Redskins.

After a 36-yard punt by rookie Ed Bunn, the Dolphins started a drive on the Washington 44. An 11-yard Kirby run and a Mitchell pass of 16 yards set up a 29-yard Stoyanovich field goal that put the Dolphins ahead for the first time, 9-7, with 9:36 left in the third period.

NOTES: Elewonibi started at left tackle for ailing Lachey and had trouble containing Marco Coleman. Lachey will have an MRI exam to determine the extent of the injury to his right knee.

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