Redskins hang on, hand winless Jets 31-16 loss Washington wins 4th in row for first time since 1991

September 30, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON -- Defensive end Rich Owens admitted the Washington Redskins' defense just didn't have it last night.

So he and his mates went to the offense and asked for help and they got it in a big way from Gus Frerotte, Terry Allen and company in a 31-16 victory over the still-winless New York Jets and Neil O'Donnell.

It was the fourth straight win for Washington, the first time that has happened since 1991.

"Tonight was just one of those nights where we couldn't get the pressure we wanted on them," said Owens. "I've seen things happening out there when we were getting through the line but I can't explain why we couldn't do what we wanted to do. I'll know more when I look at the films."

For certain, Frerotte will like what he sees when he looks at the film of his rolling out of the pocket and throwing perfect passes on the run to Bill Brooks and Leslie Shepherd.

"That pass to Brooks [31-yarder in the second quarter for a first down at the New York 17] was a big-time play," said Washington coach Norv Turner. "Gus put the ball right there."

And there were the two "trick plays" that produced touchdowns for Shepherd.

Just two plays after the 31-yard pass to Shepherd, Frerotte and the Redskins pulled off an end-around play to Shepherd for a 12-yard touchdown run that produced a 10-10 tie with 2: 14 left in the first half.

Then on the first play of the fourth quarter, Frerotte hooked up with Shepherd for a 52-yard touchdown pass on a flea-flicker play the team used for the second time this season to score.

Frerotte handed off to Allen, who tossed the ball back to Frerotte for the long touchdown toss to a wide-open Shepherd.

"What more could I want in one night?" said wide receiver Shepherd, who has been overshadowed by Michael Westbrook and Henry Ellard most of the season. "I scored two touchdowns."

The touchdown on the flea flicker gave Washington (4-1) a 24-16 lead.

Frerotte completed 15 of 22 passes for 257 yards and one touchdown and Allen carried the ball 20 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

Allen has scored touchdowns in 10 consecutive games, which ties him with Greg Bell for third on the all-time list for most consecutive games rushing for a touchdown.

O'Donnell came within a controversial interception call of bringing the Jets (0-5) within one point of the Redskins with 8: 01 left in the fourth quarter.

On a first-and-goal play from the Washington 3-yard line, O'Donnell tossed a pass into the end zone to rookie wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson. The No. 1 pick in the 1996 draft came down with the ball momentarily, but it was wrestled away by Washington's Tom Carter.

Johnson argued at length that it was a touchdown, but the officials ruled that Carter took the ball from Johnson for the interception.

Dale Hamer, the referee in last night's game, said, "The pass interception was completed when No. 25 [Carter] of the Redskins ended up with the football on the ground. We had a flag on the play for offensive pass interference against No. 19 [Johnson] but it was declined and Washington had the ball."

The interception preserved a 24-16 Washington lead and the Redskins drove down the field for a touchdown to wrap up the victory.

Pub Date: 9/30/96

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