BASN Classics: Jim Brown vs. O.J. Simpson: Week Four

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Updated: October 2, 2016

By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus

NEW HAVEN (BASN) — Over the next 11 Sundays, BASN will take an in-depth look at the signature seasons of Hall of Fame running backs O.J. Simpson and Jim Brown.
If you’re looking for off the field stuff with a National Inquirer or TMZ Sports style, you’d probably better turn away right now. This is all about football and nothing else.
Last week, the Rams held Brown under 100 yards, but Cleveland still remained undefeated. As for Buffalo, they opened then Rich Stadium with a victory as Simpson ran for over 100 yards against the Jets.
Let’s take a look at Week Four.
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WEEK FOUR 1963: Cleveland defeats Pittsburgh 35-23
Another workmanlike performance from Brown (175 yards, 21 carries, TD) leads to another win as Cleveland (4-0) remains perfect. His lone touchdown, an eight-yard run, gave the Browns an early 7-3 lead in the first quarter. The next three-quarters would see the lead change hands six times as the teams combined for over 700 yards of total offense. Down 23-21 heading into the fourth quarter, the Browns would take the lead for good on a 20-yard scoring pass from Frank Ryan to Gary Collins. Ryan (9-of-21, 148 yards, 3 TDs) would add another TD pass — 19 yards to Rich Kreitling — would closing out the scoring. The Steelers (2-1-1) would get standout performances from wideouts Buddy Dial (seven catches, 144 yards, 2 TDs) and Red Mack (six catches, 130 yards).
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WEEK FOUR 1973: Buffalo defeats Philadelphia 27-26
The Bills (3-1) would get a 171-yard performance (27 carries, TD) from O.J. , but they needed a 47-yard field goal from Jon Leypoldt late to outlast the Eagles (0-3-1) in a see-saw affair. Simpson also added three receptions for 33 yards. Philly got dual 100-yard games from Tom Sullivan (155 yards, 26 carries) and Norm Bulaich (13 carries, 104 yards, TD reception). Quarterback Roman Gabriel, who was acquired from the L.A. Rams during the offseason, had a solid performance (16-of-29, 182 yards, 2 TDs) for the Eagles. Even Philly kicker Tom Dempsey nailed four field goals (51, 22, 14, and 19 yards) in the game, but it was his miss of a chip-shot in the final seconds that sealed the Eagles’ fate.

Brown ’63

   Carries     Yards       YPC    TDs     Catches     Yards      YPC   TDs

vs PIT

21

175

8.3

1

1

       15      15.0     0

Season

78

664

8.5

6

4

115

28.7

    1
Simpson ’73
   Carries     Yards      YPC    TDs    Catches   Yards    YPC   TDs

vs PHI

 27

171

6.3

1

3

      33   11.0     0

Season

102

647

6.3

4

3

      33   11.0     0

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