Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Frerotte Keeps His Cool, Helps 'Skins Win

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Frerotte Keeps His Cool, Helps 'Skins Win

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Young Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte, rather than veteran Rams quarterback Steve Walsh, pinned up the picture of poise on Sunday.

Frerotte, intercepted by Rams' Torin Dorn at the Redskins' 45, darted after the streaking cornerback. He then charged and wrestled Dorn down 5 yards short of the goal line, preventing a Rams touchdown. The Rams came away with only a third-quarter 19-yard field goal.

Walsh, intercepted by cornerback Tom Carter at the Redskins 13 in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, slammed his helmet to the turf in disgust. He walked to the sideline, slammed down his helmet again and pounded the turf with his fist. Neither quarterback painted a masterpiece in Sunday's 17-10 Redskins win. Frerotte had two unsightly interceptions; Walsh three clunkers. But Frerotte made more of an impression, leaving Rams fans to wonder what might have been. The Rams toyed with the idea of working a trade for the promising young passer who beat out the more ballyhooed - and better paid - Heath Shuler to start for the Redskins. "You know we're not operating the way we want to operate right now on offense," Frerotte said. "But we put the points on the board." Said Redskins coach Norv Turner, whose team put together three consecutive wins for the first time since 1992: "We obviously struggled at times offensively. But we got enough things done to give us a chance to win the game." Frerotte, 24, was good enough. He was 12 for 23 for 151 yards. And he made one fewer mistakes than Walsh when it mattered. He lured jumpy Rams linemen off with his hard count and kept a cool hand despite a noisy Trans World Dome crowd. He got a little help. Running back Terry Allen, who entered the game as the league's leading rusher, had 78 of Washington's 106 yards on the ground. "Gus looks good," Allen said. "If he wasn't capable of being a starter, he wouldn't have been. …

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