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A Wonderful Throwback
Rick Reilly
November 10, 1986
Gordie Lockbaum, the only 60-minute man in major-college football, is evoking another age this autumn at Holy Cross
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November 10, 1986

A Wonderful Throwback

Gordie Lockbaum, the only 60-minute man in major-college football, is evoking another age this autumn at Holy Cross

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All that halftime tutelage must have worked. Gordo opens the second half against Brown with a big return to the Cross 46. Two series later he rolls up three big plays on offense: a diving catch out of the backfield for 16 yards, a 44-yard pass reception as a flanker and a 2-yard sweep for a touchdown as a tailback. For the game he will line up 43 times at tailback; 28 times at flanker; 28 times at cornerback; 6 times on the punt team; twice as a kickoff returner; 3 times as the designated punt blocker; and once as the punt returner. Counting the play in which he throws a halfback pass, he will be on the field for 111 of the game's 172 plays. He gains 77 yards rushing, 114 catching and 54 returning for 245 altogether, roughly two-thirds of Holy Cross's yardage. He also scores the only two Crusader touchdowns. It should be pointed out, however, that Gordo never lifted a finger on extra points.

"Next thing I'll hear," said Brown coach John Rosenberg afterward, "is that the kid is a double major." (Lockbaum is an economics major.)

The Crusaders win the game 22-7, and the only problem is getting back to Worcester. The Brown game is the fourth time in four trips this season the team bus has gotten lost either coming or going. As the players reluctantly board for the uncertain ride home, somebody grumbles, "What we need is somebody who can drive this thing."

Gordo!

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