Dallas Cowboys History in Quotes: Super Bowl V

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Neither Chuck Howley (54) nor Mel Renfro (20) could get high enough to block Jim O’Brien’s game-winning field goal in Super Bowl V.

Few losses in Dallas Cowboys history were as frustrating as the team’s loss in Super Bowl V to the Baltimore Colts. Dallas held a 13-6 lead at halftime and should have increased that lead to 20-6 if not for a bad call on a goal line fumble. The Colts tied the game at 13 in the fourth quarter before winning it on a field goal by rookie Jim O’Brien.

Here are some quotes about that game:

“So it became the Stupor Bowl, with the new world champions giving up the football on seven turnovers–four lost fumbles and three interceptions–which theoretically should have meant a rout. And the losing Cowboys, obviously superior in personnel except in the vital offensive spot, turning over the ball four times themselves, getting nicked for 120 yards in penalties and even ticking the ball into the hands of alert John Mackey for one of the two Baltimore touchdowns.”

Columnist Murray Olderman, who did not think highly of Dallas QB Craig Morton. Other writers called the game the Blunder Bowl, which stuck.

Source: The Sumter (S.C.) Daily Item, Jan. 22, 1971

“My arm was the same as it has been the last few weeks.”

Morton after the loss.

Source: Toledo Blade, Jan. 18, 1971

“That would be something between inadequate and terrible.”

Ohio-based writer Tom Loomis about Morton’s comment.

Source: Toledo Blade, Jan. 18, 1971

“Frustration. I did it out of frustration.”

Bob Lilly about why he threw his helmet 25 yards though the air (some say it was more like 50 yards) after the Cowboys lost to the Colts.

Source: Toledo Blade, Jan. 18, 1971

Did You Know?

Morton completed just 12 of 26 passes for 127 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions against the Colts in Super Bowl V. Many put the blame on him for the loss. One year later, Roger Staubach earned MVP honors but completed the same number of passes (12) for fewer yards (119).

Of course, Staubach threw two key touchdown passes in the win and did not throw a pick. Moreover, Dallas rushed for 252 yards, which was a record at the time and remains the fourth highest total in Super Bowl history.

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