The 1968 College All-Star Game

All-Star Roster


CHICAGO, Aug. 3 (AP)- The College All-Stars didn't win Friday night against the Green Bay Packers, but they managed to score both against the Packers and for the pro teams for whom they will play.


The final score in the 35th annual midsummer football classic was 34-17 in favor of Green Bay.


It was an unprecedented fifth straight loss for the All-Stars in the' series, but it left the pros licking their chops waiting for their new draft choices to arrive.


It also produced a chink in the Green Bay armor- you can run against the Packers.


For the first time in three years an All-Star team dented the scoring column against the Packers.


Larry Csonka, the Syracuse All-American headed for the Miami Dolphins, turned out to be the game's leading ground gainer while the passing duo of Greg Landry and Earl McCullouch, both headed for the Detroit Lions, proved itself ready for pro football.


"You can't take a bunch of kids, no matter how good they are, and teach them pass defense in three weeks against Green Bay," said Coach Norm Van Brocklin.


"We got action out of the boys but couldn't get the execution," said Van Brocklin. "But we proved again that a team can run against the Packers."


The Stars, a 17-point underdog, proved it by gaining 225 yards rushing against the Packers with Csonka netting 95 yards in 18 carries for a 5.3 average.


But in the long run it was Packer passing superiority, spearheaded by Bart Starr and culminated by Boyd Dowler and Carroll Dale that proved the undoing of the Stars before a crowd of 69,917.


Starr completed touchdown passes of 20, 36 and 13 yards to Dale, and in between he used Dowler and Elijah Pitts as receivers in setting up Green Bay's scoring arsenal.


Both All-Star touchdowns came in the second half on fourth-down plays and were passes to McCullouch.


Gary Beban of UCLA headed for the Washington Redskins, clicked to the Southern California speedster with a seven-yard strike in the third quarter. Landry, a Massachusetts product, hit McCullouch with a 24-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter.

Note: 1968 was the last appearance for the Packers in the College All-Star Game.  They had become fixtures in Chicago during the 1960's.  Click HERE to read Jacqueline Mitchard's recollections of the College All-Star Game while growing up a Packer fan.


UCLA's Gary Beban passes as Willie Davis closes in.


Larry Czonka carries a Packer forward.

Earl McCullouch of USC heads to endzone with 4th quarter TD.