Written by: Big 33 Staff on August 10, 1974.
Jimmy Cefalo’s 20-yard run early in the final quarter carried Pennsylvania Big 33 to a 14-7 victory over Ohio. Cefalo shared the spotlight with Joe Montana, Mickey Shuler, Rich Fisher and Steve Geise.
Montana, who would later take the 49ers to the Super Bowl, completed 11-of-24 passes for 167 yards. His chief targets were Shuler, with five catches for 74 yards, and Geise, with four for 59.
There was no score in the first quarter, with Pennsylvania’s Matt Bahr missing a 48-yard field goal. In the second period, Montana passed 30 yards to Geise at the two. Fisher, who gained 60 yards on 18 carries, took it in for the score. But Bahr’s kick was blocked.
Ohio went 72 yards on eight plays, with Jeff Logan scoring on a sweep from the 12. Chris Dennis added the point to give Ohio a 7-6 lead at the half.
Montana was intercepted in the end zone in the third quarter. Early in the final period, Cefalo picked up a first down at the Ohio 39 on a fourth down gamble. Shuler then made a circus catch of a Montana pass at the 25. Two plays later, Cefalo burst through a big hole and went into the end zone untouched. QB Eddie Smith ran the option for two points. Randy Sidler had two late interceptions and the game ended with Pennsylvania on the Ohio four.