Saturday Oct 8th, 3-0-1 Steelers @ 3-1 Browns

Cleveland’s powerful backfield provided the points for the Browns today

Week 5 in the NFL opens up with a big game for the NFL Eastern Division leader. Pittsburgh at 3-0-1 will be heading to Cleveland to take on the 3-1 Browns who are chasing the Steelers; this should be a fun ball game. Quarter one ended with neither team being able to score, the only attempt at points was a Lou Groza field goal the he shanked.

Cleveland jumps out in front early in the 2nd period on a 46 yard scamper by fullback Ernie Green. Pittsburgh just cannot move the football on the Browns this afternoon. Steelers have just 34 total yards in the ball game, compared to the Browns 177 yards and 2 touchdowns, Pittsburgh is looking pretty awful. With just a little over one minute to play in the first half, this one has been all Cleveland so far. As we head into halftime the Cleveland Browns are up 14 to 0 and looking strong.

Lou Groza kicked off to Gary Ballman of Pittsburgh, taken at the one yard line and returned 64 yards to the Browns 35! Nice start for the Steelers. Cleveland came after the Steelers with a Blitz and Dick Hoak slipped through for a 15 yard run on second down. Pittsburgh has a 1st and 10 at the 15 of Cleveland looking to close the gap on the scoreboard. The Browns hold at the 10 yard line forcing a field goal attempt by Mike Clark: From the 10 … the football will be spotted at the Cleveland 17 yard line and the Steelers are looking at a 17 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Mike Clark’s field goal from 17 yards … … GOOD !! … the ball flew into the stands … … someone’s got themselves a souvenir … and the Steelers cut into the Browns lead … it’s now 14-3 for Cleveland. Steelers call and end around to Roy Jefferson and he breaks it for a 24 yard gain, 1st and 10 for Pitt at the 25 of Cleveland.  George Izo … throws to John Hilton … and he’s wide open … and it’s incomplete … … will that overthrown pass come back to haunt them … … it’s now 3rd and 10 from the Cleveland 25. George Izo scans the secondary … now takes the snap … throws to Roy Jefferson … incomplete … … that was a poor throw by George Izo … … the Steelers now face a 4th and 10 from the Cleveland 25. That was great field position squandered by the Steelers. Mike Clark in for the field goal attempt: From the 25 … the football will be spotted at the Cleveland 32 yard line and the Steelers are looking at a 32 yard field goal attempt … … … and Mike Clark’s field goal from 32 yards … … IS IN THERE !! … and the Steelers cut into the Browns lead … it’s now 14-6 for Cleveland. The third quarter ends with Cleveland picking up a much needed first down: Frank Ryan … scans the field … and now throws to Gary Collins … he’s got it at the Cleveland 45 … … grabbed by the ankle and pulled down at the Cleveland 46 yard line … a pickup of 9 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Cleveland 46.

The 4th quarter will begin with the Browns at their 46 with a 1st and 10 and they could not move the chains so here another punt by the Browns. Pittsburgh’s running back Dick Hoak snapped of a nice 25 yard run giving the Steelers a 1st and 10 at the 23 of Cleveland. Ron Smith will be replacing George Izo at QB here in the final period of play. Dick Hoak again: Dick Hoak … rounds the corner and streaks up-field … still going … and now he’s chopped down … a gain of 18 yards … it’s now 1st and goal from the Cleveland 5. Hoak again on the carry: Dick Hoak has the ball … cuts to his right … and is tackled after a pickup of 3 yards … it’s now 2nd and goal from the Cleveland 2. Dive to the Fullback: Willie Ashbury is the ball carrier … he runs for a 2 yard touchdown. The Steelers have been all over the Browns in the second half, now down only by one point with 9:39 to play in the contest. Leroy Kelly muffed the kickoff return on the ensuing kickoff: Leroy Kelly returns the kick-off 13 yards … and the football pops loose at the Cleveland 17 yard line … John Baker recovers the fumble for Pittsburgh at the 17 yard line of Cleveland! Pittsburgh has had some huge breaks in this ball game and they just got another one.

Willie Asbury gets the call, trap inside: Willie Ashbury carries it … knocked over bowling pins litter the field … OH, HE HAD CLEAR SAILING … BUT LOST HIS FOOTING … a gain of 7 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 3 from the Cleveland 10. Dick Hoak loses 2 yards and the Steelers face a 3rd and 5 at the 12 yard line. Ron Smith is under big pressure: Ron Smith … getting flushed out of the pocket … and he’s sacked by Dick Modzelewski … and that’s a loss of 8 yards … Cleveland’s relentless pressure forces a 4th and 13 from the Cleveland 20. Mike Clark for the go ahead field goal attempt: From the 20 … the football will be spotted at the Cleveland 27 yard line and the Steelers are looking at a 27 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Mike Clark with the kick … … and it’s … … NO GOOD !! … just wide of the left upright … the Steelers fail to cut into the lead as the score remains … Cleveland 14 …  and Pittsburgh 13 …  the Browns can’t believe their good fortune.

Frank Ryan audibles … now he’s throwing down-field … Paul Warfield grabs it right out of the hands of a Steelers player … and he’s spilled at the Cleveland 33 yard line … a pickup of 8 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the Cleveland 33 with 6:24 to go. Frank Ryan … lofts one for Ernie Green… CAUGHT … and smashed to the turf at the Cleveland 49 yard line … a gain of 16 yards … its 1st and 10 from the Cleveland 49. Frank Ryan … from the pocket throws to Paul Warfield … juggled but held … and he’s immediately hit and downed at the Pittsburgh 30 yard line … a gain of 21 yards … a new set of downs … as its 1st and 10 from the Pittsburgh 30. Looks like the Browns have finally woken up! Frank Ryan … takes the snap and drops back … … throws to Ernie Green … and it’s batted away … incomplete … … it’s now 2nd and 10 from the Pittsburgh 30. Frank Ryan at the line barking out the call, pitchout to Leroy Kelly and he is around the end for a 30 yard touchdown run! Groza missed the extra point so now its Cleveland 20 Pittsburgh 13 with 4:34 to play.

Cannonball Butler pops the kickoff return for 40 yards, hold on we have flags out on the field, unsportsmanlike conduct on Cleveland, that’s another 15 yards added to the end of the return. Pittsburgh gets another break and with 4:19 left they need to score quickly. After two failed plays the Steelers are looking at a 3rd and 17. Cleveland’s defense does it again: Ron Smith … getting flushed out of the pocket … and he’s sacked by Jim Kanicki … and that’s a loss of 5 yards … the Steelers now face a 4th and 22 from the Pittsburgh 47. Frank Ryan has just 3:04 to burn off the clock an get the much needed win at home. 3rd and 4 and Ernie Green carries the pigskin … passed the line of scrimmage … pivots inside … and now he’s tackled after a decent gain of 14 yards … its 1st and 10 from the Cleveland 38 and we are at the 2 minute warning. It’s Green again for another 19 yards. Green has been unstoppable today racking up 171 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Pitt takes a timeout, their second and with 1:04 left in the ball game Cleveland has a 2nd and 4 forth coming. The Steelers hold Kelly to no gain and take their final timeout. Ernie Green bounces to the outside … reverses direction … leaps over a tackle and is spilled to the turf … … that’s a pickup of 3 yards … the Browns now face a 4th and 1 from the Pittsburgh 34 with just nine seconds left, look like they run just one more play. Cleveland knocks off the Steelers 20 to 13 and will move into first place.

Actual Score: Pittsburgh 10 at Cleveland 41
APBA Replay Score: Pittsburgh 13 at Cleveland 20

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