(PITTSBURGH) - A Green Bay Packer team that was sluggish to the point of going minus-30 yards in the first half bowed to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-14, before
22,918 fans at Forbes Field Saturday night. The score
was 24-0 before the Packers woke up and got in the
game, and then it was Tobin Rote who made it look like
a football team in the end. He succeeded Babe Parilli,
playing before a home town group as a pro for the first
time failed. The Packers were so ragged in the first half
that they several times had 12 men on the field.
Fran Rogel, the Steelers' fullback, tied an all-time
ground-gaining record for his team by rushing for 168
yards. This equaled the mark set by Jerry Nuzum, also
against Green Bay, at Milwaukee on November 20, 1949.
Parilli and Cone scored the Packers' touchdowns, the
former in the third quarter on a quarterback sneak from
the two-yard line, and the latter on a pass from Rote
from the six-yard line. Jim Brandt bucked for the
Steelers' last two touchdowns and Jimmy Finks and
Lynn Chadnois scored the first two. Finks went over
from the four-yard line in the first quarter and Chadnois
ran around left end from the six for his in the second.
Nick Bolkova kicked a 40-yard field goal and missed
one of 47 yards in the second quarter and made good
on all four conversions.
The Steelers bounced off to a seven-point advantage
early in the first quarter when Finks scored on a
quarterback sneak. Bolkovac's conversion was perfect.
Following an exchange of punts the Steelers, with Rogel
and Chadnois carrying, moved to Green Bay's 27 as the
quarter ended. On the second play of the second
quarter Bolkovac booted a field goal from the 40. Later
another attempt by Bolkovac, this time from the 47, was
wide to the left. Pittsburgh added its second touchdown
late in the quarter when Chadnois skirted left end.
Bolkovac again converted. The Steelers scored again
after 1:51 of the third period when Brandt went through
center from the two, after Rogel ran 58 yards to the 19
and Finks passed to Chadnois on the two. Bolkovac
added the extra point and the Steelers led 24-0. Green
Bay moved with Parilli hitting Bill Howton to Pittsburgh's
25. Interference was ruled on a Parilli pass to Clive Rush on the two. Breezy Reid sneaked over for the touchdown. Cone converted. Pittsburgh struck right back and moved with ease with Brandt and Chadnois picking up huge gains. Brandt drove over from the one for the Steelers' fourth touchdown, Bolkovac's boot made the score 31-7. Green Bay's final touchdown came after a series of Rote passes. After failing to hit Howton in the end zone, Rote connected with Cone in the right corner. Cone's boot was good.
GREEN BAY  -  0  0  7  7 - 14
PITTSBURGH -  7 10 14  0 - 31
1st - PITT - Jim Finks, 4-yard run (Nick Bolkovac kick) PITTSBURGH 7-0
2nd - PITT - Bolkovac, 40-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 10-0
2nd - PITT - Lynn Chandois, 6-yard run (Bolkovac kick) PITTSBURGH 17-0
3rd - PITT - Jim Brandt, 2-yard run (Bolkovac kick) PITTSBURGH 24-0
3rd - PITT - Brandt, 1-yard run (Bolkovac kick) PITTSBURGH 31-0
3rd - GB - Parilli, 2-yard run (Cone kick) PITTSBURGH 31-7
4th - GB - Cone, 6-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) PITTSBURGH 31-14
Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) 31, Green Bay Packers (1-4) 14
Saturday October 24th 1953 (at Pittsburgh)
OCTOBER 26 (Pittsburgh) - The Pittsburgh Steelers said Monday fullback Fran Rogel fractured his nose in the 31-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers. However, the former Penn State star expected to drill with the squad Wednesday in preparation for the clash with the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday.
OCTOBER 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - What hopes the Packers held for a respectable season in the NFL this season figuratively flew out of the television screen from Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Saturday night. Before the eyes (via video) of their constituents in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Madison and surrounding territories, the Packers lapsed back to their former ways and absorbed a thorough 31-14 drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was one of the few games remaining on Green Bay's schedule in which the Packers were not decided underdogs. Yet the game was not even close. Up to the time the Steelers scored their third touchdown shortly after the second half began, boosting their lead to 24-0, the Packers had lost six yards from scrimmage. That's right, their passing and running had "netted" a minus six yards. No one was more perplexed or disheartened by the way things went than Packer coach Gene Ronzani. "It's hard to figure out from one week to the next what happens to the boys," he said in Green Bay Monday. "It's kind of a mystery - the kind that makes a coach's life tough. We certainly did not look anything like a ball club against the Steelers. But when the key boys don't come through, you can't do much. This is no alibi, but six or seven boys came down with the flu the middle of last week. Wildung was real sick - probably shouldn't even have been in there. Hanner was just about as bad off. Breezy Reid missed a couple of days of practice and so did Tobin Rote. Bobby Mann didn't play; he's still hobbling around. The Steelers were high for this game. I guess we weren't up, but that doesn't excuse us. The Steelers played the same type of game against us as we played against Baltimore." Next come those Baltimore Colts, the team the Packers thrashed Sunday a week ago at Green Bay, 37-14, for the only victory against four defeats. Their Saturday night game at Baltimore will be televised on WTMJ-TV, The Milwaukee Journal station, starting at 7 o'clock. The Colts are not going to be as easy this time. Coach Keith Molesworth's crew apparently regained its stride with a 27-17 triumph over Curly Lambeau's Washington Redskins Sunday. And with those rabid Baltimore fans urging them on - the Colts get much the same type of support as the Milwaukee Braves received here last summer - Green Bay's chances become slimmer by the minutes.
OCTOBER 28 (Philadelphia) - Three Green Bay football players were high up in the individual statistical report released by the NFL Wednesday. Fullback Fred Cone scored a touchdown and two extra points against Pittsburgh to hike his total to 36 points, two behind Ben Agajanian, Los Angeles; Lou Groza, Cleveland, and Doak Walker, Detroit. Joe Perry, San Francisco fullback, is also tied with Cone. Gib Dawson, injured Packer back, has averaged 13.6 yards on punt returns to rank second behind Woodley Lewis of the Rams whose average is 14.2 Lynn Chadnois of the Steelers is the top kickoff return artist with a 38.7 average. The Packers' Al Carmichael is second with 36.6. Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, the Packers' quarterbacks, have averaged 5.38 and 3.93 per try in passing to rank 13th and 17th, respectively. Otto Graham, Cleveland quarterback, is still the passing king with an average gain of 10.54 yards per try and a 62.8 percent in completions.
OCTOBER 29 (Green Bay) - Coach Gene Ronzani placed halfback John Papit and tackle Howie Ruetz on waivers Thursday as the Packers tapered off drills in preparation for their nationally televised game with the Colts at Baltimore Saturday night. The cuts allowed Ronzani to sign two additional players. Papit came to the Packers from the Redskins this season and Ruetz was obtained from the Rams in 1951. An expected crowd of more than 35,000 insures a sellout gate. The Packers, in the best shape of the season with ends Howton and Bob Mann starting, will probably take to the air against the Colts. However, in the first Packer-Colt game at Green Bay, the Bays rolled up 303 yards by rushing, easily the top ground figure by any team in the league this season, beating Baltimore, 37-14.
OCTOBER 29 (Green Bay) - The Packers engaged in a bit of last minute roster shuffling Friday before they left for Baltimore, where Saturday night they will meet the Colts in a nationally-televised NFL game. Halfback Johnny Papit and tackle Howie Ruetz were placed on waivers and halfback J.R. Boone and guard Len Szafaryn were recalled. Boone was on the injured reserve list with a bad leg. Earlier, waivers on Szafaryn, who was a regular in 1950 before he went into service, were not picked up. Although the Packers whipped the Colts, 37-14, here two weeks ago for their only league victory, they generally rated no better than an even chance in the return game. The defeat by the Packers two weeks ago knocked the Colts out of a chance to tie for the Western Conference lead. Baltimore recovered last week to hand Curly Lambeau's Washington Redskins a 27-17 setback. Baltimore's defense, especially, will be seeking revenge. In the first meeting, the Packers ran up 303 yards on the ground, the best rushing job in the league this season. The Packer passing game will be at full strength for the first time with the return of Bobby Mann to duty at end. Mann was sidelined two weeks ago with a leg injury. Bill Howton, who missed the last four games, returned to action against Pittsburgh last week.
OCTOBER 30 (Baltimore) - The Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Colts, two NFL clubs which have gone astray from early-season predictions, stage a return match Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 35,000 and a national television audience. The Colts, castoffs of the defunct Dallas Texans who won one game last season, have crossed the experts by winning three of five league starts. Baltimore's only losses were to the Packers and the defending champion Detroit Lions. Green Bay looked highly promising on paper before the season. But the only game it has won was a victory over the Colts two weeks ago in Green Bay. Baltimore is overly anxious to avenge the Green Bay loss, particularly before their home fans who have gone wild over them. The Colts' defense, which yielded 303 yards rushing to the Packers, best in the league this season, will especially be seeking revenge. With Bobby Mann and Billy Howton ready for full time duty, the Packers' passing attack will be up to par for the first time. Mann has been sidelined two weeks and Howton missed 
the first four league games. Coach Gene Ronzani recalled halfback J.R Boone and guard Len Szafaryn to replace halfback Johnny Papit and tackle Howie Ruetz, put on waivers. Still hampered by injuries are defensive halfback Bennie Aldridge and offensive halfbacks Gib Dawson and Don Barton. Dawson was placed on the injured list to make room for Howton to return. The Packers arrived by chartered airplane Friday afternoon. They will fly back to Green Bay Saturday morning.