ESPN Super League: ’71 Cowboys Down ’92 Cowboys
I took a week off covering ESPN’s Super League, and in that week off, both Dallas teams lost. In week 3, the 1971 Cowboys had to face off against the 1992 Cowboys, and Landry’s first Super Bowl team pulled out the win.
The game was billed as The Hat versus The Hair.
Score one for The Hat.
Landry’s ’71 Cowboys used a strong running game, a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Roger Staubach to Mike Ditka, and five field goals from Mike Clark to defeat Jimmy Johnson’s ’92 Cowboys 29-20.
Landry’s ’71 squad (2-1) got on the board with two first-quarter field goals, but the ’92 Cowboys (1-2) bounced back when Troy Aikman hit Michael Irvin in the back corner of the end zone for a 7-6 lead.
The ’71 squad marched downfield behind the power running of Duane Thomas (he’d finish with 102 yards), capped by a short TD pass from Staubach to Walt Garrison. Landry then called for a surprise onside kick, setting up Clark’s third field of the game just before halftime.
The ’71 Cowboys built a 22-10 lead before Aikman rallied his squad with 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a 6-yard TD pass to Jay Novacek with 3:55 left. But a 60-yard kickoff return by Cliff Harris set up Staubach’s game-clinching 10-yard pass to Ditka.
See the game recap here.
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To “honor” the 1971 Cowboys’ fantasy win, here is a crossword puzzle focusing on the 1971 team.