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During the 1980s, you might recall hearing about the Cowboys’ record when Tony Dorsett rushed for at least 100 yards in a game. The record is indeed impressive:
* The Cowboys won the first 16 games in which Dorsett gained at least 100 yards.
* After his initial streak was broken on November 9, 1980, in a 38-35 loss to the New York Giants, the Cowboys won 13 more games in a row when Dorsett topped this mark. The second streak ended, ironically, in the game in which Dorsett scored on his record-breaking 99-yard run against Minnesota on January 3, 1983.
* The Cowboys lost two of the last three games where Dorsett gained 100 yards.
* During his career, Dorsett had 43 total 100-yard games. The Cowboys went 39-4 in those games.
Here is a complete list of Dorsett’s 100-yard games:
|10/9/1977||141||St. Louis Cardinals||W||30-24|
|9/10/1978||111||New York Giants||W||34-24|
|9/24/1978||154||St. Louis Cardinals||W||21-12|
|11/12/1978||149||Green Bay Packers||W||42-14|
|11/19/1978||152||New Orleans Saints||W||27-7|
|12/17/1978||121||New York Jets||W||30-7|
|10/21/1979||111||St. Louis Cardinals||W||22-13|
|12/2/1979||108||New York Giants||W||28-7|
|9/21/1980||100||Tampa Bay Buccan||W||28-17|
|11/9/1980||183||New York Giants||L||35-38|
|11/16/1980||122||St. Louis Cardinals||W||31-21|
|9/13/1981||129||St. Louis Cardinals||W||30-17|
|9/21/1981||162||New England Patriot||W||35-21|
|12/19/1982||105||New Orleans Saints||W||21-7|
|9/25/1983||124||New Orleans Saints||W||21-20|
|11/20/1983||108||Kansas City Chiefs||W||41-21|
|11/24/1983||102||St. Louis Cardinals||W||35-17|
One of the oldest records in team history is most yards passing in a single game. Don Meredith established the mark with 460 yards in a 31-24 loss to San Francisco in 1963.
Here is a clip of the story from that game:
Don Meredith had one of the greatest afternoons in National Football League history and that was not enough to defeat the San Francisco 49ers.
Meredith threw 48 passes. That’s a team record. He completed 30, another record. The total distance was 460 yards, which not only breaks the Cowboy team record by 112 yards, but approaches Norm Van Brocklin’s NFL record of 554.
Only three quarterbacks in league history have pitched more productively in a single afternoon: Van Brocklin, Y. A. Tittle (505) and Johnny Lujack (468).
Had the Dallas defense contributed anything but awkwardness and stupidity, Meredith would have surpassed Lujack and probably scared the keepers off Van Brocklin’s treasured moment.
But the defense was pitiful against the pitiful 49ers.
And when they counted all the chips San Francisco had won its second game of the season. 31-24.
All-pro halfback Don Perkins was normally violent, punishing he 49ers when it was necessary. Frank Clarke (eight catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns), Bill Howton (eight for 107 and one score) and Lee Folkins (seven for 112) caught brilliantly and ran like wild boars.
But these heroics were insufficient, vastly insufficient.
Troy Aikman came close to breaking the record with a 455-yard performance that also occurred in a loss (46-36 to Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day in 1998). Meredith also had the only other 400-yard game in team history, in a 31-30 win over Washington in 1966.
Below is the list of games in which a Dallas quarterback has had at least 350 yards passing in one game.
Table: Most Passing Yards in a Game (Regular Season)
|11/10/1963||Meredith, Don||460||San Francisco 49ers||L||24-31|
|11/26/1998||Aikman, Troy||455||Minnesota Vikings||L||36-46|
|11/13/1966||Meredith, Don||406||Washington Redskins||W||31-30|
|10/9/1966||Meredith, Don||394||Philadelphia Eagles||W||56-7|
|12/22/1985||Hogeboom, Gary||389||San Francisco 49ers||L||16-31|
|11/12/1989||Aikman, Troy||379||Phoenix Cardinals||L||20-24|
|10/9/1983||White, Danny||377||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W||27-24|
|10/27/1996||Aikman, Troy||363||Miami Dolphins||W||29-10|
|9/25/2005||Bledsoe, Drew||363||San Francisco 49ers||W||34-31|
|10/27/1985||White, Danny||362||Atlanta Falcons||W||24-10|
|9/12/1999||Aikman, Troy||362||Washington Redskins||W||41-35|
|12/13/1987||White, Danny||359||Washington Redskins||L||20-24|
|9/18/1966||Meredith, Don||358||New York Giants||W||52-7|
|11/27/1997||Aikman, Troy||356||Tennessee Oilers||L||14-27|
|9/12/2004||Testaverde, Vinny||355||Minnesota Vikings||L||17-35|
|10/25/1981||White, Danny||354||Miami Dolphins||W||28-27|
|12/25/1995||Aikman, Troy||350||Arizona Cardinals||W||37-13|
Here is another excellent highlight video by silverandblue from The Blue and Silver.com. This one focuses on Terry Glenn.
Among the many records that Troy Aikman set in his career was the most number of games in which he passed for at least 300 yards (regular season only). Aikman accomplished this 13 times in his career, breaking the old mark of 10 that was set by Danny White.
Table: 300-Yard Passing Games, Career (Regular Season)
Though he only started barely over half of the 2006 season, Tony Romo tied a team record with three 300-yard games in one season. The impressive part of this is that the record is shared by the likes of Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, and Danny White. Even more impressive is that even though he had the most 300-yard games in team history for his career, Troy Aikman never had more than two 300-yard games in a season.
What is slightly less impressive is that Vinny Testaverde (2004) and Drew Bledsoe (2005) also share this record.
Here is the list of total number of 300-yard passing games in a single season (regular season only):
Year – Player, No.
1966 – Meredith, Don, 3
1979 – Staubach, Roger, 3
2004 – Testaverde, Vinny, 3
2005 – Bledsoe, Drew, 3
2006 – Romo, Tony, 3
1983 – White, Danny, 3
1963 – Meredith, Don, 2
1975 – Staubach, Roger, 2
1984 – Hogeboom, Gary, 2
1985 – White, Danny, 2
1986 – Pelleur, Steve, 2
1987 – White, Danny, 2
1988 – Pelleur, Steve, 2
1997 – Aikman, Troy, 2
[tags] Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo, Bill Parcells, Trivia [/tags]
Taking a short break from the arcane trivia of 35 years ago, here is a quiz focusing on the 2006 season:
Below is a pretty good defensive highlight clip. This is the work of silverandblue from The Blue and Silver.com. Hats off.
[tags]Dallas Cowboys, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith[/tags]
A few days ago, I asked this trivia question:
In which game (year and opponent) did the Cowboys first have a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher, and a 100-yard receiver?
Dallas had several games with multiple 100-yard receivers but did not have the trifecta until the 52-10 win over Houston on Dec. 20, 1970.
Craig Morton went 13 of 17 for 349 yards and 5 touchdowns. Bob Hayes caught six passes for 187 yards. Duane Thomas had 115 yards rushing.
The Triplets– Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin– accomplished this feat twice during the ten years they were together. Here are those two games:
October 8, 1995: Dallas 34, Green Bay 24
Smith: 106 rushing yards; Irvin: 150 receiving yards; Aikman: 316 passing yards.
September 22, 1999: Dallas 41, Washington 35
Smith: 109 rushing yards; Irvin: 122 receiving yards; Aikman: 362 passing yards.
Rocket Ismail, who caught the game-winning touchdown in overtime, also had 149 yards receiving.
The closest these three came to this accomplishment in the playoffs was in Super Bowl XXVII following the 1992 season. In that game, Smith had 108 yards on 22 carries, while Irvin had 114 yards on six receptions. Aikman, however, did not reach 300 yards, as he finished with 273 after completing 22 of 30 passes.
A poster named coinsmr posted a clip of Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard run against the Minnesota Vikings in the Cowboys’ regular season finale in 1982. This has been posted on other blogs, but here it is for anyone who may not have seen it.
Some other interesting tidbits about this game, as well as the run:
* Dorsett’s run helped the Cowboys to overcome a 24-13 fourth quarter deficit, only to see the Vikings score the winning touchdown with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
* Had the Cowboys won, they would have played Minnesota again the following week, this time at Texas Stadium. Instead, the Cowboys faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whom the Cowboys defeated 30-17.
* This loss resulted in the Cowboys losing back-to-back games to end the season. That had not happened since 1962.
* Dorsett finished with 745 rushing yards in the strike-shortened 1982 season, enough to give him the title as NFC rushing champion. Though it was the first time he had not gained 1,000 yards in a season during his career, it was the only time that he had won a rushing title.
* Dorsett’s run from scrimmage broke the previous record of 97 yards, set by Bob Gage of Pittsburgh in 1949 and Andy Uram of Green Bay in 1939.