Hammock Parties
10-07-2006, 08:36 PM
Yes, it's that time again, folks. Part 5 of our ongoing 2006 series here at Chiefsplanet...


Oct. 2, 1995


Strange brew is potent

Chiefs' oddities add up to romp over Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. - It's not often that:

A home team is held for no yardage on two plays just inches from the goal line.

A quarterback rushes for more yardage than his team passes for.

A tight end in center's clothing catches a touchdown pass.

And a coach regarded by some as a defensive genius is faked out and embarrassed by plays that are staples of sandlot teams everywhere.

But that's exactly what the Chiefs did to Arizona on Sunday afternoon as they routed the Cardinals 24-3. And it's exactly why the Chiefs walked off the field at Sun Devil Stadium with a 4-1 record.

The most important series may have been the goal-line stand when the Cardinals were unable to score midway through the first quarter.

They could have taken a lead and changed the tenor of the whole game.

But as Garrison Hearst dived over the line of scrimmage on third and inches, he was met head-on by Tracy Simien and Tracy Rogers making reciprocal dives. When Larry Centers tried it on fourth down, Rogers and Doug Terry met him in midair.

"That was a major turning point,'' Chiefs Coach Marty Schottenheimer said.

Minutes before, Schottenheimer watched his team squander a first-and-goal situation of its own when quarterback Steve Bono threw an interception in the end zone. And he watched as his defense couldn't stop the Cardinals on successive third-and-long situations on the drive that took them nearly to the goal line.

After taking over on downs, the Chiefs couldn't punch it out for a first down. But they gained field position by exchanging punts.

Then on third and inches from their 24, the Chiefs turned the game around on a play put in especially for the Cardinals.

Steve Bono took the snap from center Tim Grunhard. He stretched to hand the ball to Marcus Allen on one of the Chiefs' favorite short-yardage plays. The Cardinals' defense swarmed toward the left side, where Allen was running. But Bono had pulled the ball back and was lumbering around right end. He ran into the record books 76 yards later with the longest touchdown run in NFL history for a quarterback.

"Our biggest concern,'' Schottenheimer said, "was that the fake would be so good as he came out that the officials might blow the play dead.''

They didn't. As tight end Joe Valerio escorted Bono down the field, the only man close enough to make the tackle was Cardinals Coach Buddy Ryan standing on the sideline. The 20 other players were unpiling from Allen's fake run.

The record run helped Bono finish with 74 rushing yards. He had just 72 net passing yards.

The Chiefs took a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter when Valerio caught a 1-yard touchdown pass. Valerio, who wears No. 73, plays center for long snaps and spent most of the afternoon telling referee Ron Blum that he was an eligible receiver, was surprised the play worked. The play includes a run fake that is very similar to the one used on Bono's touchdown run, but as he rolls to his right Bono lofts the ball to Valerio.

"I guess you have to look at the old theory that we weren't going to run that again,'' Valerio said "Then we ran it again.''

The Chiefs were in position for that touchdown after Dale Carter recovered a muffed punt at the Cardinals' 15.

The Chiefs added 10 more points in the third quarter on a touchdown pass to Lake Dawson and a field goal by Lin Elliott. That built a 24-0 lead that forced the Cardinals to pass. Arizona quarterback Dave Krieg ended up attempting 41 passes, but he paid a price. The Chiefs swarmed over him for seven sacks, the most since they sacked Krieg 11 times in a Chiefs-Seattle game in 1990 at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Cardinals avoided the embarrassment of a shutout when Greg Davis kicked a 48-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.


Kansas City Chiefs @ Arizona Cardinals

Team 1 2 3 4 F

Kansas City Chiefs 0 14 10 0 24

Arizona Cardinals 0 0 0 3 3

Second Quarter


Kansas City--(0:13)--Steve Bono 76 yard TD RUN

Kansas City--(0:13)--Lin Elliott EXTRA POINT

Kansas City--(7:55)--Joe Valerio 1 yard TD PASS from Steve Bono

Kansas City--(7:55)--Lin Elliott EXTRA POINT

Third Quarter


Kansas City--(4:18)--Lake Dawson 14 yard TD PASS from Steve Bono

Kansas City--(4:18)--Lin Elliott EXTRA POINT

Kansas City--(11:21)--Lin Elliott 28 yard FIELD GOAL

Fourth Quarter


Arizona--(0:37)--Greg Davis 48 yard FIELD GOAL


Chiefs Cardinals

First Downs 17 16

Rushes-Yards 37-221 20- 56

Passing Yards 72 240

Return Yards 42 37

Comp-Att-Int 7-17-1 25-41-1

Sacks-Yards Lost 1- 6 7- 68

Punts-Average 5-56 5-34

Fumbles-Lost 1- 1 3- 2

Penalties-Yards 4- 20 10- 79

Time of Possession 28:41 31:19


RUSHING--Kansas City: Ste.Bono 5-74 Mar.Allen 11-62 Gre.Hill 11-46

Kim.Anders 3-35 Ler.Thompson 7-4 Arizona: Gar.Hearst 15-54 Lar.Centers 5-2

PASSING--Kansas City: Ste.Bono 7-17-1-78 Arizona: Dav.Krieg 25-41-1-308

RECEIVING--Kansas City: Lak.Dawson 2-29 Kim.Anders 2-25 Mar.Allen 1-13

Der.Walker 1-10 Joe.Valerio 1-1 Arizona: Lar.Centers 9-77 Rob.Moore 5-66

Fra.Sanders 4-97 Mar.Dowdell 4-42 Bry.Reeves 2-31 Gar.Hearst 1--5

MISSED FIELD GOALS--Kansas City: --None. Arizona: --None.

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Skip Towne
10-07-2006, 08:55 PM
The only thing more stale than day old news is year old news.

Hammock Parties
10-08-2006, 08:47 AM

10-08-2006, 08:49 AM
The only thing more stale than day old news is

Your posts.

Easy 6
10-08-2006, 08:54 AM
That Nimble Kimble sure was an under-rated runner, he was always busting the kind of long runs that FB's rarely do. I had big plans for Lake Dawson to, but he was maddeningly inconsistent and went quietly into the good night..........................

10-08-2006, 09:37 AM
I have blocked that season out of my mind, I see no need in reliving it today

01-06-2007, 02:28 AM
I saw the video of bono running for this touchdown, wondering if anyone still has a link to it buried somewhere.

edit: found it in this post, zach can you help me out by re-upping it?


01-06-2007, 02:32 AM
That is an actual trival pursuit question too.

01-06-2007, 02:36 AM
this equals bad karma for Indie later today. GO CHIEFS!