Rookie Quarterback Stars in Cincinnati Win
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Rookie Greg Cook flipped a touchdown pass and set up
three field goals by Dale Livingston with his pinpoint throws as the
Cincinnati Bengals tripped the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-13, Saturday
night in an interleague exhibition game.
Cook completed eight of 11 passes for 165 yards in the first half and
led the American League team to scores four of the first five times it
had the ball, all against Steeler regulars, before 28,732 fans.
Setting up his passes with the running of Paul Robinson, Cook used wide
receivers Eric Crabtree and rookie Speedy Thomas. The Bengals scored on
the first series in 11 plays with Cook setting it up with an eleven-yard
pass to Bob Trumpy and a 25 yard run by Robinson.
The Steelers tied the game with a 12-yard field-goal by Gene Mingo
highlighted by a 38-yard pass to John Hilton and a 25-yarder to Roy
Jefferson. But, the Bengals stopped the Steelers' passing attack and
forced the kick.
Livingston added a 45-yard field goal in the second quarter set up by
Cook's 18-yard pass to Crabtree.
Cook then hit Crabtree with a 51-yard pass to set up another field goal
from the 16-yard line. Dick Shiner couldn't get the Steelers moving
again and Cincinnati took over and scored on a 55-yard pass to Thomas,
who got the ball over his head. The kick was good.
Kent Nix took over in the second half for the Steelers and, even with an
all rookie Cincinnati defensive backfield, couldn't move the Steelers.
Earl Gros got Pittsburgh's only touchdown on a 1-yard run with 2 ½
minutes to play following a 51-yard pass from Rookie Terry Hanratty to
John Nice and the Bengals added a touchdown when Bobby Walden was turned
to run a fake punt attempt and was hit on his own six. The Bengals took
over and Paul Robinson scored from the one.
Livingston kicked field
goals from 19, 45 and 16 yards and missed twice.