PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE NFL : McGwire Is Star on Moon’s Return
Dan McGwire passed for two touchdowns in the second half as the Seahawks spoiled Warren Moon’s return to Husky Stadium in Seattle with a 30-19 exhibition victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Replacing Rick Mirer in the third quarter with Seattle ahead, 10-3, McGwire passed 14 yards to Terrence Warren for a touchdown. Then the 6-foot-8 McGwire, the tallest quarterback in NFL history, combined with third-string fullback Mack Strong on a 70-yard pass-run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
McGwire, Mirer’s little-used backup last season, completed seven of nine passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted twice.
Moon, who led Washington to a 1978 Rose Bowl victory, returned to his alma mater and played his first game there after a 17-year absence.
In halftime ceremonies attended by former Washington coach Don James, who recruited Moon to the Huskies, the 37-year-old quarterback announced he has made a gift of $150,000 for an endowed scholarship in his name for the school’s football program.
Randall Cunningham threw his first two touchdown passes of the exhibition season and the Eagles’ defense got five sacks in beating the Cincinnati Bengals, 17-7, in Philadelphia.
Cunningham, who completed 14 of 24 passes for 111 yards, also threw an interception that the Bengals’ Leonard Wheeler returned 42 yards for Cincinnati’s lone score.
Indianapolis quarterback Don Majkowski’s 64-yard completion to rookie Aaron Bailey set up Dean Biasucci’s 34-yard field goal with 2:04 remaining as the Colts edged the Steelers, 17-14, in Pittsburgh.
Majkowski, expected to play only the second half, was on the field for most of three quarters and all 17 Indianapolis points as the Colts remained unbeaten.
Majkowski clearly outplayed Colt starter Jim Harbaugh, throwing a 28-yard touchdown pass to Kerry Cash before setting up Lamont Warren’s game-tying four-yard scoring run early in the third period with a 31-yard completion to Bailey.
Stevie Anderson, a practice squad player for the New York Jets last season, lifted the team out of a 10-3 hole with an 80-yard touchdown and four other receptions as the Jets scored a 13-10 victory over the Giants at East Rutherford, N.J.
Anderson made two catches on the game-winning drive, with Nick Lowery making a 38-yard field goal with 16 seconds to go.
Anderson finished with five catches for 117 yards, all from Jack Trudeau, the Jets’ backup quarterback who was nine for 10 for 154 yards.
Steve Christie, who capped Buffalo’s dramatic comeback victory over Houston in the 1992 playoffs, kicked a 48-yard field goal with eight seconds left to give the Bills an 18-16 victory in San Antonio.
Rick Strom, the fourth quarterback Buffalo used, led the Bills on a 57-yard drive to Houston’s 30-yard line. On third down, Christie came in and kicked his fourth field goal of the game to thwart a comeback by the Oilers.
The Dolphins brought free agent Deion Sanders to Miami to convince the two-sport star they’re his ticket to the Super Bowl. But the Tampa Bay Buccaneers spoiled the Dolphins’ party with a 29-14 victory in a game marred by numerous penalties and fights.
The Buccaneers got a 17-for-24 performance from Craig Erickson, who threw for 181 yards and a touchdown. Michael Husted kicked a 34-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 44-yarder in the second to give the Buccaneers a 12-7 halftime lead.
The Dolphins took a 14-12 lead at the end of the third quarter, aided by Terry Kirby’s hard running and Aaron Craver’s three-yard scoring run before the game slipped away in the fourth quarter.
Sanders said his choice of team would depend on their chances of success in the near future.
“Winning the Super Bowl is number one,” said the former Atlanta Falcon defensive back who also plays center field for the Cincinnati Reds. “I’m tired of personal accomplishments. I’ve had enough of them to enjoy the rest of my life.”
The San Francisco 49ers have reached a contract agreement with cornerback Toi Cook. Cook, 30, who played seven seasons for the New Orleans Saints, agreed to a contract worth $162,000, the minimum for veterans with at least two years’ experience.