Trivia: 1972 Season

Here are some multiple-choice trivia regarding the Cowboys’ 1972 season:


Make your own Quiz!

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More on Danny White

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Danny WhiteMelonball 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.

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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?

Career Passing Records

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Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman

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

More Classic Trivia

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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?

Tony Romo’s Year in Numbers

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Tony RomoSlightly 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)

Year Name Att. Comp. Yds. TD Int. Rating
1971 Staubach, Roger 211 126 1882 15 4 104.8
1993 Aikman, Troy 392 271 3100 15 6 99.0
2006 Romo, Tony 337 220 2903 19 13 95.1
1973 Staubach, Roger 286 179 2428 23 15 94.6
1995 Aikman, Troy 432 280 3304 16 7 93.6
1979 Staubach, Roger 461 267 3586 27 11 92.3
1982 White, Danny 247 156 2079 16 12 91.1
1970 Morton, Craig 207 102 1819 15 7 89.8
1992 Aikman, Troy 473 302 3445 23 14 89.5
1998 Aikman, Troy 315 187 2330 12 5 88.5
1968 Meredith, Don 309 171 2500 21 12 88.4
1966 Meredith, Don 344 177 2805 24 12 87.7
1981 White, Danny 391 223 3098 22 13 87.5
1977 Staubach, Roger 361 210 2620 18 9 87.0
1991 Aikman, Troy 363 237 2754 11 10 86.7
1983 White, Danny 533 334 3980 29 23 85.6
1969 Morton, Craig 302 162 2619 21 15 85.4
1994 Aikman, Troy 361 233 2676 13 12 84.9
1978 Staubach, Roger 413 231 3190 25 16 84.9
1962 Meredith, Don 212 105 1679 15 8 84.2
2005 Bledsoe, Drew 499 300 3639 23 17 83.7
1999 Aikman, Troy 442 263 2964 17 12 81.1
1980 White, Danny 436 260 3287 28 25 80.7
1985 White, Danny 450 267 3157 21 17 80.6
1996 Aikman, Troy 465 296 3126 12 13 80.1

The Dodger and Other Running Quarterbacks

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Roger StaubachMost 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.


Year Name Att. Yards Ave. TD
1971 Staubach, Roger 41 343 8.4 2
1974 Staubach, Roger 47 320 6.8 3
1975 Staubach, Roger 55 316 5.7 4
1988 Pelleur, Steve 51 314 6.2 2
1989 Aikman, Troy 38 302 7.9 0
2003 Carter, Quincy 68 257 3.8 2
1986 Pelleur, Steve 41 255 6.2 1
1973 Staubach, Roger 46 250 5.4 3
1965 Meredith, Don 35 247 7.1 1
1966 Meredith, Don 38 242 6.4 5
1970 Staubach, Roger 27 221 8.2 0
1963 Meredith, Don 41 185 4.5 3
1976 Staubach, Roger 43 184 4.3 3
1978 Staubach, Roger 42 182 4.3 1
1961 Meredith, Don 22 176 8.0 1
1990 Aikman, Troy 40 172 4.3 1
1979 Staubach, Roger 37 172 4.6 0
1977 Staubach, Roger 51 171 3.4 3
2001 Carter, Quincy 45 150 3.3 1
1987 Pelleur, Steve 25 142 5.7 1
1993 Aikman, Troy 32 125 3.9 0
1968 Meredith, Don 22 123 5.6 1
1980 White, Danny 27 114 4.2 1
1992 Aikman, Troy 37 105 2.8 1
1981 White, Danny 38 104 2.7 0
2006 Romo, Tony 34 102 3.0 0

Career Rushing Leaders


Emmitt SmithGiven 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)


Name Att. Yards Ave. TD
Smith, Emmitt 4052 17162 4.2 153
Dorsett, Tony 2755 12036 4.4 71
Perkins, Don 1500 6217 4.1 42
Hill, Calvin 1166 5009 4.3 39
Newhouse, Robert 1151 4750 4.1 31
Garrison, Walt 899 3886 4.3 30
Walker, Herschel 737 3245 4.4 25
Jones, Julius 721 2896 4.0 16
Staubach, Roger 410 2264 5.5 20
Springs, Ron 604 2180 3.6 28
Marsh, Amos 427 2065 4.8 14
Reeves, Dan 535 1990 3.7 25
Hambrink, Troy 473 1896 4.0 8
Thomas, Duane 326 1596 4.9 16
Newsome, Timmy 342 1226 3.6 19
Meredith, Don 242 1216 5.0 15
Pearson, Preston 325 1207 3.7 5
Barber, Marion 273 1192 4.4 19
Williams, Sherman 302 1162 3.8 4
Dennison, Doug 306 1112 3.6 19
Aikman, Troy 327 1016 3.1 9

Another Great Highlight Video


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.

A History of 1,000-Yard Dallas Cowboy Rushers


Julius JonesIn 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:

Number Name Years
11 Smith, Emmitt 1991-2001
8 Dorsett, Tony 1977-1981, 1983-1985
2 Hill, Calvin 1972-1973
1 Walker, Herschel 1988
1 Jones, Julius 2006

Here is a complete list of 1,000-yard seasons by Dallas Cowboy running backs, in order of yardage.

Year Name Att. Yards Ave. TD
1995 Smith, Emmitt 377 1773 4.2 25
1992 Smith, Emmitt 373 1713 4.6 18
1981 Dorsett, Tony 342 1646 4.8 4
1991 Smith, Emmitt 365 1563 4.3 12
1988 Walker, Herschel 361 1514 4.2 5
1993 Smith, Emmitt 283 1486 5.3 9
1994 Smith, Emmitt 368 1484 4.0 21
1999 Smith, Emmitt 329 1397 4.2 11
1998 Smith, Emmitt 319 1332 4.2 13
1978 Dorsett, Tony 290 1325 4.6 7
1983 Dorsett, Tony 289 1321 4.6 8
1985 Dorsett, Tony 305 1307 4.3 7
1996 Smith, Emmitt 327 1204 3.7 12
2000 Smith, Emmitt 294 1203 4.1 9
1984 Dorsett, Tony 302 1189 3.9 5
1980 Dorsett, Tony 278 1185 4.3 11
1973 Hill, Calvin 273 1142 4.2 6
1979 Dorsett, Tony 250 1107 4.4 6
2006 Jones, Julius 267 1084 4.1 4
1997 Smith, Emmitt 261 1074 4.1 4
1972 Hill, Calvin 245 1036 4.2 6
2001 Smith, Emmitt 261 1021 3.9 3
1977 Dorsett, Tony 208 1007 4.8 12

Marion Barber’s Obscure Record


BarberMarion Barber in 2006 had the fourth-highest total of rushing touchdowns (14) in one season in franchise history. In fact, among the top ten performances as far as rushing touchdowns, Barber’s name appears along side Emmitt Smith (with seven of the top ten), Tony Dorsett, and Herschel Walker.

Barber’s 14 touchdowns on only 135 attempts set a rather obscure franchise record– highest percentage of rushing touchdowns per attempt, based on running backs with at least 100 attempts in a season. His number (10.37%) easily beats the second highest total of 7.95% by Walker in 1986.

Here are the top 20 rushers in this category (min. 100 attempts):

Year Name Att. TD TD/Att.
2006 Barber, Marion 135 14 10.37%
1986 Walker, Herschel 151 12 7.95%
1971 Hill, Calvin 106 8 7.55%
1995 Smith, Emmitt 377 25 6.63%
1975 Dennison, Doug 111 7 6.31%
1971 Thomas, Duane 175 11 6.29%
1981 Springs, Ron 172 10 5.81%
1977 Dorsett, Tony 208 12 5.77%
1978 Newhouse, Robert 140 8 5.71%
1973 Garrison, Walt 105 6 5.71%
1994 Smith, Emmitt 368 21 5.71%
1980 Newhouse, Robert 118 6 5.08%
1968 Baynham, Craig 103 5 4.85%
1992 Smith, Emmitt 373 18 4.83%
1963 Perkins, Don 149 7 4.70%
1983 Springs, Ron 149 7 4.70%
1966 Reeves, Dan 175 8 4.57%
1990 Smith, Emmitt 241 11 4.56%
1974 Garrison, Walt 113 5 4.42%
1966 Perkins, Don 186 8 4.30%