Saints Pivotal Moments
1968: Atkins Army Preserves Victory at Pittsburgh
Trailing 16-12 with three minutes left in the game, the Steelers found themselves with a first down at the Saints four. Most of the crowd of 32,303 at Pitt Stadium had every reason to believe that this would finally be the first victory for their 0-6 club.
When the Saints jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the second quarter, Steeler fans thought, "Here we go again."
Pitt started the game with an onside kick, but the strategy backfired when Saints G Del Williams recovered at the 48. QB Billy Kilmer broke three tackles before throwing a pass to TE Monty Stickles for a 33y gain. But the drive bogged down, and Charlie Durkee split the uprights from 22y out with less than four minutes elapsed.

L-R: Del Williams, Billy Kilmer, Brian Schweda
The Steelers stormed back with a drive that reached the NO six. But on the next play, former LSU fullback Earl Gros fumbled, and DE Brian Schweda recovered the bouncing ball on the 12.
The Saints then marched to their only touchdown of the game. Kilmer completed six passes - three to WR John Gilliam, two to FL Danny Abramowicz, and one to RB Randy Schultz. RB Ernie Wheelwright bulled over from the one. 10-zip Saints.

L-R: Charlie Durkee, John Gilliam, Danny Abamowicz, Randy Schultz
The Steelers took a 12-10 lead on the opening possession of the second half on Dick Hoak's 77y run off right tackle. DB Elijah Nevett blocked the PAT kick. The two missed extra points would haunt the Steelers.

Dick Hoak takes off on his 77y touchdown run. #81 is Doug Atkins.
The Saints regained the lead later in the third quarter when Durkee booted a 37y field goal. 13-12 Saints
The visitors extended their lead when they drove from their 20 to the Pitt 25 with the big gainers being passes from Kilmer to Gilliam. Durkee's 33y three-pointer extended the Saints' lead to 16-12, forcing the Steelers to score a touchdown to win.

L-R: Ernie Wheelwright, Elijah Nevett, Doug Atkins, Dave Rowe
Pittsburgh launched a sustained drive with Hoak and Gros gaining most of the yardage on the ground. A 21y pass from Hoak to Gros put the ball on the four where DE Johnny Brewer from Ole Miss knocked the former LSU Tiger out of bounds. That's when the Atkins Army - named for their leader, DE Doug Atkins - rose to the occasion.
First down: Gros plunged into the center of the line but was stopped for no gain by Atkins.
Second down: Gros bulled his way to the two where Schweda made the tackle.
Third down: Gros took another handoff but didn't gain an inch at right tackle when he was again met by Schweda.
Fourth down: QB Kent Nix decided to try a pass. Seeing all his receivers covered, he rolled left and raced for the pylon. But Schweda again with assistance from DT Dave Rowe tackled him at the two to end the threat with 2:37 on the clock.
The Saints ground out two first downs on runs by Tony Lorick and Don McCall to ice the victory.

Saints stage goal line stand to preserve victory.