Roger Staubach won his last game on December 16, 1979. The win didn’t come easy. The Dallas Cowboys were playing the Washington Redskins. The ‘Skins needed to win in order to make the playoffs.
Staubach and his Dallas Cowboys let Washington jump out to 17-0 lead early in the second quarter. Then the Cowboys came back and scored three unanswered touchdowns, taking a 21-17 lead into the fourth quarter.
But the Redskins were far from dead. They kicked a field goal and followed that up with two more touchdowns. With 5:21 left in the game, and Washington leading 34-21, much of the Dallas faithful began shuffling toward the exits. Some of those folks got to hear a great finish on their car radios.
With 2:20 left Roger the Dodger hit Ron Springs for a 26-yard touchdown. Then with 39 seconds remaining he caught Tony Hill in the end zone for an eight-yard strike.
Two weeks later Staubach played his last game, a loss in the division championship game to the Los Angeles Rams.
Above, Ernie Grunfeld, Tennessee Vols All American
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Temple Owls played lowest scoring basketball game since the elimination of the center tip. (Before the 1938 season they had a jump ball after every shot that was made.)
In the final game of the Tennessee Classic, on Decembere 15, 1973, the Vols topped the Owls 11-6.
With 11:44 minutes into the contest with Tennessee leading 7-5, Casey made his move. He placed two of his best players about 28 feet from the goal and positioned them five feet apart. They began dribbling the ball and passing it back and forth with no attempt to throw it to anyone else or attempt to score. Ray Mears, not to be outdone by his rival, instructed his players to go to a 2-3 zone defense and stay there. Read more Bob Cox’s yesteryear.
As Temple futilely tried to get Tennessee out of a zone defense, nothing happened. The Owls held the ball, passing it around for more than 11 1/2 minutes of the first half. Tennessee retaliated by stalling for the first three minutes of the second half. Then the Owls regained possession, trailing by three points – 8-5 – and stalled for 14 more minutes. Read more Philly.com