In the 345-yard game against the Raiders, which the Chargers won 40-34 in overtime, James scored the winning touchdown on a 17-yard run from scrimmage. He swept to the right. The Charger linemen applied their blocks, looked up and James was six yards downfield. He scored untouched, whereupon Raider cornerback Lester Hayes removed his helmet and asked, "Can anybody here catch that guy?" James says, "I got lucky. I just try to do my job right. There are too many bad stories behind the actions of cocky people."
James doesn't figure to be named after any appliances. He is just a talent waiting for a little slice of daylight—a chance to do things right. Then he's through. "Just give that Lionel a chance," says Joe James. "He'll work it."