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Triumph of the Uncluttered Mind With Dallas trailing Washington 16-3 in the third quarter and starting quarterback Roger Staubach knocked out of the game by a hit from Redskins linebacker Dave Robinson, Cowboys coach Tom Landry turned to his bench and found 22-year-old Clint Longley.
I was afraid they werent going to send me in, said Longley, a rookie from Abilene Christian. But I was all they had left.
Not burdened by any expectations, Longley let loose, rallying Dallas to an unlikely 24-23 victory by passing for 2 touchdowns, including the winning 50-yard heave to Drew Pearson with 28 seconds left.
I wasnt nervous -- there was no time for that -- but I sure was excited, Longley said.
Cowboys guard Blaine Nye offered a classic assessment when he summed up Longleys performance as a triumph of the uncluttered mind.