August 19, 1960
The weather was atrocious. Temperatures were on the chilly side and the fog, according to those who where there, prevented people from being able to see across the field and balls in the air, on long passes or kicks, were in danger of disappearing altogether. And according to reports at the airport weather station the wind was blowing at over 20 miles per hour, though maybe not at field level. Either way, it wasn’t a night for passing. And yet, that’s the all the Raiders were left with. The Charger defense held their run game to just 43 yards on 31 carries. If yardage was to be gained, it was going to have to happen through the air, regardless of the weather, but that didn’t go all that well, either, with Flores getting bounced around pretty good by the Los Angeles defensive line.
Oakland held their own in the first half, but they were stifled in the second. It’s possible that had the two controversial calls gone the Raiders’ way, it might have made a difference, but the Chargers had plenty of bad luck of their own, losing two fumbles and committing nine penalties for 109 yards. The Raiders were game, but they were simply outplayed.
Buddy Allen – He had his moments in the first two preseason games, but didn’t do himself any favors in this one, with just four carries for a net -1 yards. He did catch three passes, but Lott, probably his primary competition, outclassed him in both facets of the game.
Tom Flores – He continued to earn praise for his poise and his smarts, but he had his worst statistical performance of the preseason, completing 16 of 39 passes for just 188 yards and a touchdown. He also threw a pair of costly picks to Dick Harris. The first led to an easy Charger score and the second, a contested toss to Alan Goldstein that, admittedly, could have gone either way, ended the last best hope for his team. Still, nothing in his performance probably did anything to unseat him as the top man in the quarterback race. What did cost him, though, was an injury to his elbow he sustained during a scramble run early in the fourth quarter. He returned to the game, but his status for the upcoming game in Buffalo was uncertain.
Alan Goldstein – Made his first catch of the preseason, for seven yards, but was really only noticed for the aforementioned play late in the game where he was unable to wrest the ball free from his Charger defender.
Charlie Hardy – He had another decent performance, catching a pair of passes for 29 yards, one of which was made while in the grasp of a defender. Probably the best of an unimpressive Raider receiving corps at this point.
Jack Larscheid – After an excellent outing in the second half of last week’s game against the Titans, he was given every chance to prove it wasn’t a fluke, and failed. Gained just 18 yards in eight carries. Granted, he didn’t do much worse than his backfield mates.
Paul Larson – With the signing of Parilli, who didn’t play in this one, Larson’s time in the spotlight was just about done. Erdelatz tried him for a few plays at halfback (no carries) and let him hold on placekicks, but gave him no time under center.
Billy Lott – The offensive player of the game for the Raiders. Despite suffering a bruised shoulder, he stayed in the game, running for 33 yards on nine carries and a second quarter touchdown, and continued to shine in the passing game, catching five balls for 80 yards.
Don Manoukian – The dimuntive (5’9″) guard continued to get singled out for his blocking prowess in the running game.
Charles Moore – His play continued to earn at least a look as the coaching staff tried to find anyone who could man a wideout spot. Caught one pass for 16 yards.
Brad Myers – Losing whatever slim hold he had on a roster spot. Caught one pass for a four-yard touchdown, but was quickly joining Larson among the forgotten men of the backfield.
Gene Prebola – So far, the tight end spot was his by default, but he pulled a hamstring (who hadn’t this preseason?) and was expected to miss the last two games as a result. Caught one pass for 16 yards.
Tony Teresa – The former San Jose State quarterback was still looking for a permanent position and didn’t make a strong case for any of them in this one. After fine receiving performances in the previous two games, he was almost completely shut down in this one, with only 14 yards on three passes. He was even worse at running the ball, gaining seven yards on five carries.
As hinted at in the offensive discussion, the Raiders were pretty lucky to keep things as close as they did. The Chargers had no problem moving the ball against the Oakland offense and only the penalties and turnovers prevented a likely rout. The Chargers averaged just over five yards a carry on the ground, with only one run over 20 yards to inflate that total and Kemp was able to overcome the bad weather with an efficient 15-of-25 evening through the air. The 398 yards given up by the Raiders was their worst performance of the preseason by a wide margin.
Joe Cannavino – The former Buckeye continued to demonstrate a nose for the football, even on a bad night, recovering a Royce Womble fumble in the first quarter that led to the Raiders’ first touchdown, giving him three takeaways in three games.
Bob Dougherty – Noticed only for his failure to stop Howie Ferguson on his way into the end zone on his one-yard go-ahead scoring run in the third quarter.
Tom Louderback – Was right there with Dougherty on the Ferguson touchdown and was run over.
Eddie Macon – Only standout play was the defensed pass against Womble that resulted in simultaneous possession awarded to the Chargers.
A pretty unremarkable effort by both teams. No missed placekicks and the return game for both teams was steadfastly average. The only advantage went to the Raiders who won the punting battle handily.
Larry Barnes – Succeeded on both extra points and was good on a 29-yard field goal.
Wayne Crow – Probably earned the punting job with a fine effort, averaging 52.6 yards on five boots.