West 38

East 14


January 16, 1965


Alan McAllaster
Oakland Tribune

SAN DIEGO- His champion Chargers couldn't do it, so head coach Sid Gillman was forced to call upon the runnerup Raiders to preserve Western Division domination in the American Football League All-Star game at Balboa Stadium.

A 25-yard pass from Cotton Davidson to Art Powell with 43 seconds left to play did the trick
yesterday, giving the West a 27-24 come-from-behind triumph- its third win in as many tries- and sending 20,016 fans home happy.

The payoff-pitch capped a 21- point comeback by the Westerners and marked the second time Davidson has come off the bench to spark an All-Star victory.

Representing the Dallas Texans in the 1962 inaugural, Cotton overcame an early deficit with three touchdown tosses to key a 47-27 West win and earn the outstanding player award. He didn't play in last year's 21-14 decision.

Some of the Chargers played like champions yesterday.

Flashy Keith Lincoln scored on a 64-yard stunner and was named the outstanding offensive player, Lance Alworth made some tremendous catches and big Earl Faison turned in several key defensive plays.

Lincoln set game records with his touchdown run and a 121-yard total for the day, and Alworth hooked up with Tobin Rote for a record 51-yard aerial to set up the West's second touchdown.

And while middle linebacker Archie Matsos was named the game's top defender and all-league center Jim Otto played his usual steady game, a couple of the other Raiders weren't among the heroes.

Clem Daniels, the league's leading rusher and outstanding player, netted only 10 yards in eight carries and corner back Fred Williamson got burned by Charlie Hennigan of the Houston Oilers.

In fact, Hennigan, with former Raider and present Boston Patriot Babe Parilli doing the throwing, accounted for another game standard with 107 yards on pass receptions. A couple of long ones, for 49 and 36 yards, were over Williamson.

Parilli, whose passing jetted the East into a 24-3 halftime lead, wound up with 228 aerial yards for the afternoon.

Rote, the league's leading passer during the regular season, was far from being a pillar of strength.

Though he completed 12 for 167 yards, several of his tosses were wobbly and off the mark, and it wasn't due to poor protection.

In addition, Rote for some reason, didn't like to throw to Powell. Three of Art's five receptions were from Davidson who didn't get into the game until only 32:32 remained.

Meanwhile Rote, fumbling on the one and falling down while backing up to pass on the four fouled up one West touchdown in the first period besides having two passes intercepted.

Davidson was no immediate ball of fire when he finally did get into the ball game.

On his first play, with the ball on the West 20, he ran out of trouble beautifully and had clear sailing for about 20 yards. But he passed after crossing the line scrimmage and Ron Hall of the Patriots intercepted.

The next time he did a little better, moving from the East 37. There Mel Branch of Kansas City had recovered a fumble, to the four, where three shots at the line failed and the West settled for Bronco Jim Fraser's seven yard fielder.

The third time, helped by Lincoln's 13-yard carry, Powell's 11-yard catch and a personal foul, he moved them 54 yards to the two where, prolonged by a penalty, five line plays failed.

But the last drive, begun with 1:05 showing, was the best.

After Alworth returned a punt to the East 43, Davidson flipped sideliners to Alworth for five and to Powell for 12, missed Daniels and then zeroed in on Powell, who made a tumbling grab behind defender Willie West for the clincher.

While the Easterners seemingly could do no wrong in the first half, scoring four of the six times they gained possession and limiting the West to a field goal and one penetration to the 30, the second half was almost the opposite.


In the third quarter, Eastís George Byrd (42) of Buffalo tries to lateral to Nick Bouniconti (85), but the ball is deflected by Clem Daniels (on ground) and the gets loose. Eventually, it was recovered by Art Powell of the West and taken to the East 11 yard line.



Keith Lincoln's goes 73 yards on the game's first play.

Ernie Ladd pressures Babe Parilli.