Monday, October 5, 1992
YOUNG SCRAMBLES RAMS'
THOUGHTS OF UPSET VICTORY
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Wire Services
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Los Angeles Rams had an upset in their pocket until
Steve Young escaped it -- twice.
Young scrambled for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, then directed a drive
that ended with Mike Cofer's winning 21-yard field goal with 1 second to
play as the San Francisco 49ers won Sunday.
''He ran like a halfback,'' Rams coach Chuck Knox said. ''We had three or
four shots at him.''
Young, who had 60 yards on three runs and completed 20 of 29 passes for
247 yards, said he ran only as a last resort. He said the Rams shut down
the passing lanes with zone coverage that blanketed the sides of the field
but left the middle vulnerable on his scrambles.
''My first instinct isn't to run anymore but to stay in the pocket,'' Young
said. ''I'll take them when they come, but I'm a quarterback. . . . I am
not the greatest weapon with a ball in my hands. I'm a better weapon when
I'm throwing it or handing off to someone like Ricky Watters.
''Sure, I'll get a couple of runs every once in a while, but if I start
looking for that stuff, if I start feeling like that's part of my game,
then I think that's a mistake.''
But Rams safety Anthony Newman might disagree.
''He's too big and strong to arm tackle,'' Newman said. ''You have to take
his head off.
''That was the toughest part out there today - you're busy covering their
receivers, you look up, and the quarterback's running straight at you.''
The 49ers improved to 4-1. The Rams are 2-3.
A 9-yard touchdown pass from the Rams' Jim Everett to Willie Anderson tied
the game 24-24 with 1 minute 50 seconds remaining, the fourth tie of the
But Young got the 49ers going on the ensuing series, marching them 77 yards
in eight plays.
Most of the yardage came on Young's 43-yard pass to Brent Jones.
A 26-yard completion to Jerry Rice gave the 49ers first and goal at the
Rams' 5-yard line. Watters ran the ball twice before Cofer kicked the winning
The Rams lost control of the game when they committed two fourth-quarter
turnovers. Young followed up both of them with touchdown runs.
''Without the turnovers in the fourth quarter, we would have had these guys,''
''We were moving the ball effectively,'' said Everett, who completed 20
of 24 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. ''But we knew that we were
playing a great team. We knew we had to play mistake-free football. We had
about 3 1/2 quarters of it, but . . . we didn't get it done.''
The 49ers went ahead 24-17 when Young scrambled 39 yards for a score with
That touchdown was set up by the Rams' second turnover of the fourth quarter.
Everett completed a pass to Jim Price, but safety David Whitmore stripped
the ball and recovered the fumble.
Three plays later, Young couldn't get off a pass to a well-covered Rice,
so he took off toward the left sideline. He cut back to the middle, avoiding
Pat Terrell, and ran the final few yards into the end zone with Robert Bailey
on his back.
''When Steve Young runs a lot, it usually means we're doing our job and
he's having trouble figuring out the defense,'' said Bailey, who gave the
Rams their only lead of the game. ''But at the end, the game got away from
Bailey intercepted a pass early in the fourth quarter and returned it 24
yards for a touchdown for a 17-10 Rams' lead. But the 49ers came up with
an interception by linebacker Keith DeLong to set up the TD that tied the
score for the third time.