Julius Jones gained more than 100 yards on the ground four times last season, which was the best in his young career. He’ll need quite a few more before he can compete in this category with the likes of Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett. Then again, only six rushers in team history have ever rushed for 100 yards in at least four games in a single season, so he at least fits in to some degree with the elite backs in team history.
Table: The list below includes those Dallas Cowboy running backs who have gained 100 yards in at least four games in a single season (regular season only).
Year – Player, No.
1995 – Emmitt Smith, 11
1981 – Tony Dorsett, 9
1991 – Emmitt Smith, 8
1999 – Emmitt Smith, 8
1992 – Emmitt Smith, 7
1994 – Emmitt Smith, 7
1998 – Emmitt Smith, 7
2000 – Emmitt Smith, 7
1978 – Tony Dorsett, 6
1979 – Tony Dorsett, 6
1993 – Emmitt Smith, 6
1983 – Tony Dorsett, 5
1980 – Tony Dorsett, 4
1972 – Calvin Hill, 4
1973 – Calvin Hill, 4
2006 – Julius Jones, 4
1996 – Emmitt Smith, 4
2001 – Emmitt Smith, 4
1970 – Duane Thomas, 4
1988 – Herschel Walker, 4
As you can see from the list below, Emmitt Smith had the most 100-yard games (regular season) in the history of the Dallas Cowboys with 76. The Cowboys won 75 percent of those games. He broke the record of 43 that was set by Tony Dorsett.
One number that may surprise a few is the Cowboys’ record when Calvin Hill rushed for 100 yards in a game. Between 1969 and 1974, Hill gained 100 yards 19 times, and the Cowboys won 18 of those games.
Julius Jones has eight 100-yard games in his short career. If he can manage three more this season, he will rank fourth on the team’s all-time list.
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.