Doug Williams threw four touchdown passes, two of them to Ricky Sanders on plays of 80 and 50 yards, and Timmy Smith ran for 204 yards Sunday to lead the Washington Redskins to a 42-10 rout of the Denver Broncos before 73,302 fans in Super Bowl XXII at San Diego.
Williams, the first black quarterback to play in a Super Bowl, carved up the Broncos in the second quarter when the Redskins scored a record 35 points after spotting Denver a 10-0 lead.
In Washington, Redskins fans poured into the streets in celebration after the game, many of them gathering at the corner of Wisconsin and M streets, where they waved Redskin banners, sang "Hail to the Redskins," and cheered from atop light poles for television cameras. Police there said some arrests were for window breaking at area shops, looting and fights between celebrators.
Williams, named the most valuable player of the game, was playing less than 24 hours after undergoing root canal surgery on a tooth. He completed 18 of 29 passes for a record 340 yards. The old record of 331 yards was set by Joe Montana of the San Francisco Forty Niners in 1985.
Smith, a surprise starter in place of George Rogers, rushed for 131 yards in the first half, five more than he had in the entire regular season. He finished with 204 yards in 22 carries, including his first two pro touchdowns. He broke Marcus Allen's record of 191 yards set in the Raiders' 38-9 rout of the Redskins in 1984.
Sanders had 131 yards on receptions in the first half and finished with a record 193 yards and nine receptions. The old record of 161 yards was set by Lynn Swann in 1976.
The Redskins rolled up a total of 602 yards, another Super Bowl record.
The Broncos scored on their first offensive play, a 56-yard pass from John Elway to Ricky Nattiel, and added three more points on their second possession on Rich Karlis' 24-yard field goal.
Trailing 10-0, the Redskins suddenly erupted in the second quarter. Fifty-three seconds into the period, Williams connected with Sanders on an 80-yard touchdown play. Less than four minutes later, Williams hit Gary Clark on a 27-yard scoring play. Smith followed with a 58-yard scoring dash, his first pro touchdown, and Williams threw two more touchdown passes, a 50-yarder to Sanders and an 8-yarder to Clint Didier. Washington led, 35-10.
Elway, brilliant in the first quarter, was ineffectual in the second quarter when he completed only 2 of 15 passes. He wound up completing 14 of 38 passes for 257 yards. He threw three interceptions and was sacked five times.
Williams, who took over from Jay Schroeder as the Washington starter this season, injured a knee in the first quarter and was replaced by Schroeder. He shook off the injury and quickly returned to action.
Afterward, Williams said: "All the talk about John Elway wasn't as much motivation for me as they were for the team.
"All week long the importance of being a black quarterback was thrown around but I knew one thing--I wasn't the quarterback of the Washington Redskins because I was black.
"Early in the game I had some pain, but I just sucked it up," he added.
Denver Coach Dan Reeves said: "We just couldn't stop 'em. All of a sudden they got turned around and we couldn't turn it back around. They hurt our pride more than anyone else."
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