1973 Recap

Written by: Big 33 Staff on August 18, 1973.


Upper Merion’s pass-catch combination of Bob Baker to Bob Thomas overshadowed Tony Dorsett’s running as Pennsylvania defeated Ohio, 21-19, at Hershey.

Baker completed 19-of-23 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns in one of the finest passing parades in Big 33 history. Thomas had nine catches for 94 yards and two TDs. He opened the scoring on an 11-yard pass to complete an 83-yard drive after the opening kickoff. Carson Long’s kick was blocked.

Pennsylvania made it 14-0 later in the first period. This time Baker passed 18 yards to Thomas. Andy Sefter ran for the two points.

John Crow’s recovery of a Baker fumble at the Pennsy 20 set up a three-yard run by Jimmy Harrell. The kick was wide, making it 14-6 at the half.

Dorsett caught two passes for 35 yards and Tony Melchiorre banged over from a yard out to put Pennsy up by 21-6 in the third period.

Scott Chrislip fell on a punt that was blocked by Ohio teammate Darrius Edwards in the fourth quarter. Later in the period, Jim Walton got a high snap on a punt and was tackled on his own four. Jim Bolden scored from the three.

Dorsett rushed for 61 yards on 16 carries and caught four passes for 54 yards.