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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 weren’t 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 wasn’t 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 Longley’s performance as “a triumph of the uncluttered mind.”

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