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.
Here are some multiple-choice trivia regarding the Cowboys’ 1972 season:
[tags]Dallas Cowboys trivia[/tags]
[tags] Dallas Cowboys, Danny White, Trivia[/tags]
Melonball made a good point in the comments to yesterday’s post, noting that Danny White is “incredibly underrated and underappreciated by Cowboys fans.” I agree entirely. Here is what I wrote a few weeks ago about White:
I don’t think any player in team history has been under more pressure to perform than White. Few players are more underappreciated. Meredith had to survive criticism, but he wound up in the Ring of Honor, and most of the negativity surrounding him has long since vanished. White is still criticized for not taking the team to the Super Bowl, even though White’s accomplishments compare quite favorably to Meredith’s (not to take anything away from what Meredith did, mind you).
Consider White’s record as a starter– in five full seasons as a starter, White led the team to the playoffs five times and to the NFC Championship Game three times. Prior to his injury in 1986, his record as a full-time starter beginning in 1980 was 62-24 (the team went 5-6 in games that he did not start during that time period). The team’s record for the remainder of the decade after he suffered his injury was 11-36, with no winning seasons. There were, of course, other factors involved, but the sharp contrast of the team before his injury compared to what happened afterward shows his value.
Here are some trivia questions for today:
1. In 1991, the Cowboys beat Washington 24-21 in a game that sparked a five-game winning streak and sent the Cowboys to the playoffs with an 11-5 record. Some questions: (1) During that game, Michael Irvin made a juggling catch on a pass from Steve Beuerlein and got past Darrell Green for a 23-yard touchdown. What was the score at the time that Irvin scored? (2) What milestones did Irvin and Emmitt Smith accomplish for the first time in this game? (3) Which skill player on offense missed this game due to an injury?
2. In which game (year and opponent) did the Cowboys first have a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher, and a 100-yard receiver?
3. Which player was the first in team history to gain more than 100 rushing and 100 yards receiving in a single game? What year? Who was the opponent?
[tags] Dallas Cowboys, Quarterback, Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, Danny White[/tags]
Troy Aikman holds virtually every career passing record in the history of the Dallas Cowboys. It helps, of course, that he played not only during a pass-friendly era, but he also played in a system that took advantage of his amazing accuracy.
As you might expect, Roger Staubach takes second in several of these catagories, although some may be surprised how high Danny White appears on these lists.
These lists are limited to the top five in each category, with the exception of passer rating.
Career Passing Attempts
1. Troy Aikman, 4715
2. Roger Staubach, 2958
3. Danny White, 2950
4. Don Meredith, 2308
5. Craig Morton, 1306
Career Passing Completions
1. Troy Aikman, 2898
2. Danny White, 1761
3. Roger Staubach, 1685
4. Don Meredith, 1170
5. Craig Morton, 683
Career Completion Percentage (min. 500 career attempts)
1. Troy Aikman, 61.46%
2. Danny White, 59.69%
3. Drew Bledsoe, 58.38%
4. Roger Staubach, 56.96%
5. Steve Pelleur, 56.40%
Career Passing Yards
1. Troy Aikman, 32942
2. Roger Staubach, 22700
3. Danny White, 21959
4. Don Meredith, 17199
5. Craig Morton, 10267
Career Yards/Att. (min. 500 career attempts)
1. Craig Morton, 7.86
2. Eddie LeBaron, 7.70
3. Roger Staubach, 7.67
4. Don Meredith, 7.45
5. Danny White, 7.44
Career Touchdown Passes
1. Troy Aikman, 165
2. Danny White, 155
3. Roger Staubach, 153
4. Don Meredith, 135
5. Craig Morton, 80
Career TD% (min. 500 career attempts)
1. Eddie LeBaron, 6.50%
2. Craig Morton, 6.13%
3. Don Meredith, 5.85%
4. Danny White, 5.25%
5. Roger Staubach, 5.17%
Most Interceptions in a Career
1. Troy Aikman, 141
2. Danny White, 132
3. Don Meredith, 111
4. Roger Staubach, 109
5. Craig Morton, 73
Lowest Int. % in a Career (min. 500 career attempts)
1. Troy Aikman, 2.99%
2. Roger Staubach, 3.68%
3. Drew Bledsoe, 3.75%
4. Quincy Carter, 3.99%
5. Steve Pelleur, 4.12%
Career Passer Rating (min. 500 career attempts)
1. Roger Staubach, 83.4
2. Danny White, 81.7
3. Troy Aikman, 81.6
4. Drew Bledsoe, 80.1
5. Craig Morton, 75.5
6. Don Meredith, 74.8
7. Steve Pelleur, 71.7
8. Quincy Carter, 70.0
9. Eddie LeBaron, 67.2
10. Gary Hogeboom, 65.4
[tags]Dallas Cowboys, Trivia[/tags]
Here are some great classic trivia questions posted on the Dallas Cowboys Fan Zone today. If you want a real challenge, try to get a question past the guys on that board!
1. Which player recovered the onside kick that set up the Cowbys’ game winning drive in the miracle 1972 playoff game at San Francisco?
2. In the same game against the 49ers, Ron Sellers caught the game-winning touchdown. Who caught the touchdown pass to cut the lead to 28-23, which led to the onside kick?
3. In the 1980 divisional playoff game against Atlanta, which Dallas won 30-27, Danny White hit Drew Pearson on two touchdowns to overcome a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Who scored the other two of the Dallas touchdowns?
4. In what playoff game did the Cowboys have to go against the Flex defense?
5. Which defensive lineman, the brother of another All-Pro player, started in place of Larry Cole at the beginning of the 1972 season?
6. Who said, “I killed many a quarterback, I felt like I scored when I took their head off”?
7. What long time sports writer resigned from the Hall of Fame Selection Committee in 2004 to protest the denial of Bob Hayes’ entry?
8. Prior to the 1973 season, the Cowboys lost four assistant coaches to other positions. They also lost four players to retirement. Name these coaches and players.
9. With which rookie did Tom Landry try to replace Bob Hayes before the 1973 season?
10. In 1974, the Cowboys missed the playoffs for the first time since 1965. Which team won the NFC East title that season?
[tags]Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys, Quarterback, Passer Rating[/tags]
Slightly lost in the feel-good year of Tony Romo in 2006 was how his performance ranks with the all-time greats in the history of the Dallas Cowboys. In terms of passer rating, only Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman had better individual seasons, and each of them only had one season better than Romo’s 2006 campaign. His completion percentage of 65.3% was also the third best in team history. In fact, Aikman occupied the top six spots in this category until last year.
All-Time Best Passer Rating, Season (Top 25)
[tags]Dallas Cowboys, Roger Staubach, Quarterback[/tags]
Most Cowboys fans can remember Roger Staubach’s scrambling ability as one of his great attributes. Not surprisingly, among quarterbacks in team history, he has the top three positions in terms of rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season.
Steve Pelleur was another scrambler who had the fourth highest total (314) in 1988. One year later, rookie Troy Aikman passed the 300-yard mark with 302 yards. Neither Aikman nor any other Cowboy quarterback has rushed for more than 300 yards in a season since 1989.
As you can see below, Tony Romo’s 102 yards last season ranks pretty low on the list of quarterbacks who have rushed for at least 100 yards in a season. With a full season, I would expect him to get more.
Given that he is the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, everyone knows that Emmitt Smith is the Cowboys’ all-time leading rusher. The next three names–Tony Dorsett, Don Perkins, and Calvin Hill–should come as no surprise. The next four might be a bit surprising, though, with the likes of Robert Newhouse, Walt Garrison, and Herschel Walker.
In only three seasons, Julius Jones is the eighth leading rusher in team history. He needs 349 yards to surpass Walker, 990 to surpass Garrison, and 1854 to pass Newhouse. Marion Barber is ranked 18th on the list, with 1192 career yards.
Among the 21 players who have 1,000 career rushing yards with the Cowboys, three are quarterbacks (Staubach, Meredith, and Aikman).
Here is the full list of those who have rushed for more than 1,000 with the team (those in italics are active)
This video by tek2000 appears on YouTube. It is entitled Killer Instinct and is one of the better ones I’ve seen this off-season.
In 2006, Julius Jones became the fifth back in team history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. It was the 23rd time that a back for the Dallas Cowboys had reached this milestone, and it was the first time since Emmitt Smith accomplished the feat in 2001.
The first player to rush for 1,000 yards in team history was Calvin Hill, who did so in 1972 and 1973. Hill and Tony Dorsett were the only two players to rush for 1,000 yards before the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978. When Hill ran for 1036 yards in 1972, he broke the franchise single-season mark of 945 yards set by Don Perkins in 1962.
In 2005, Jones came the closest to 1,000 yards without eclipsing the mark when he finished the season with 993. Dorsett had the lowest total that exceeded 1,000 yards when he rushed for 1,007 yards as a rookie in 1977.
Emmitt Smith holds the franchise mark with 11 consecutive 1,000 yards seasons, during a period that lasted from 1991 to 2001. Dorsett opened his career with five straight 1,000-yard seasons, but was unable to continue the streak due to the players’ strike in 1982. He reached the mark again each season from 1983 to 1985. The only player on the list to fail to achieve this feat for a second time was Herschel Walker, who was traded by the Cowboys in 1989.
Here is a list of each of the players to reach this milestone:
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Here is a complete list of 1,000-yard seasons by Dallas Cowboy running backs, in order of yardage.