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By The The Tribune-Review
Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009
 

A weekly glance at the 1974 season, the first time the Steelers went on to lift the Lombardi Trophy:

SHUTTING OUT THE SOONERS

Oklahoma was unbeaten, untied and unranked in the UPI coaches' poll as a major-college football controversy brewed. For being on probation, the Sooners were barred from bowl games and playing on network TV. The 25-member coaches board agreed not to rank the Sooners, which was in contrast to the AP poll. The Sooners were No. 2 until vaulting past Ohio State, which lost to unranked Michigan State. Said Sooners coach Barry Switzer: "They can keep us off TV and ban us from the bowls, but nobody said that we couldn't win and have some fun." Oklahoma was led by quarterback Steve Davis, running back Joe Washington and a defensive front that featured Lee Roy and Dewey Selmon.

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S WRITERS

Spurred by the Watergate investigation by Washington Post writers Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, U.S. colleges and universities saw a dramatic and unprecedented rise in journalism school applicants. According to Time magazine, the country's 213 graduate and undergraduate journalism programs had attracted 48,327 students, a 16 percent increase from 1972 figures. On the other hand, only two-thirds of 11,000 journalism graduates that year found jobs in the field.

ELSEWHERE THIS WEEK

• A 19-year-old forward named Moses Malone was thriving for the Utah Stars in the ABA. He was the fifth player to jump from high school to a pro league and would average 18.8 points and 14.6 rebounds as a rookie

• Los Angeles Dodgers closer Mike Marshall became the first reliever to win the Cy Young award

• The No. 1 song on the Billboard charts was "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman Turner Overdrive

WHAT THE STEELERS DID

A five-game winning streak was snapped and the Cincinnati Bengals moved within a half-game of the division lead with a 17-10 victory at Riverfront Stadium. The record-setting quarterback that day was not Terry Bradshaw, who was 13 of 35 for 140 yards and an interception. Rather, it was Cincinnati's Ken Anderson, who set the NFL record for single-game completion percentage by going 20 of 22 for 227 yards. Anderson's record stood until 1993 when Vinny Testaverde eclipsed it, and it now ranks third behind Testaverde and Kurt Warner, who set the new standard this September (24 of 26 completions).

AFC CENTRAL STANDINGS

Through Nov. 10, 1974

Team: W-L-T — PF-PA

Steelers: 6-2-1 — 203-133

Cincinnati Bengals: 6-3-0 — 222-159

Houston Oilers: 4-5-0 — 161-198

Cleveland Browns: 3-6-0 — 177-232

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