History in Quotes: Cowboys vs. Rams in the Playoffs

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Between the 1973 and 1985 seasons, the Cowboys faced the Rams eight times in the playoffs. The teams split the series at four games a piece.

Here are some quotes related to two of those games.

“I just got pushed back. He didn’t mark it where I caught it…It’s one of those things you have to live with, I guess. You can’t change it now.”

Billy Joe DuPree regarding a reception he made with less than two minutes to play in a 14-12 loss to the Rams in the 1976 playoffs. DuPree caught the on a fourth-and-ten play, but the referees spotted the ball short. Tom Landry said later that there was “no doubt whatsoever” that DuPree had made the first down.

Note: Today (March 7) is DuPree’s birthday.

Source: St. Petersburg Times, December 20, 1976

“There was no way he made it over.”

Lee Roy Jordan regarding a touchdown by Lawrence McCutcheon that put the Rams ahead of the Cowboys 14-10 in the 1976 playoff game. Several Cowboy defenders said that McCutcheon did not cross the goalline. The score came on third down, and had Dallas made the stop, the Rams likely would have kicked a field goal to tie the game.

“That’s the psychology of football. If coaches knew the answer to it, we would be much better off.”

Tony Dorsett’s quote after the Rams game in 1980.

Tom Landry after the Cowboys destroyed the Rams 34-13 in the 1980 playoffs. The Cowboys had only managed 96 rushing yards against the Rams two weeks earlier but gained 338 yards on the ground in the playoff win.

Source: The Telegraph-Herald, December 28, 1980

Did You Know?

The only time the Cowboys ever gained 500 or more yards in total offense in a playoff game was against the Rams in 1980. The team’s total yardage of 528 ranks 11th in NFL playoff history.

Dallas is also one of only six NFL teams since 1940 to have 300 or more rushing yards in a playoff game. Here is the list:

Rk Tm Year Date Opp W# G# Day Result OT Att Yds ? Y/A TD
1 CHI 1940 1940-12-08 @ WAS 12 12 Sun W 73-0 53 381 7.19 7
2 BUF 1995 1995-12-30 MIA 0 17 Sat W 37-22 52 341 6.56 3
3 DAL 1980 1980-12-28 RAM 17 17 Sun W 34-13 46 338 7.35 1
4 ATL 2004 2005-01-15 STL 0 17 Sat W 47-17 40 327 8.18 3
5 SDG 1963 1964-01-05 BOS 15 15 Sun W 51-10 32 318 9.94 4
6 DEN 1997 1997-12-27 JAX 0 17 Sat W 42-17 49 310 6.33 5
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/7/2012.

Quote Trivia: Running Backs Not Named Dorsett or Smith

One quote today focuses on running back Herschel Walker.

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Here are some quotes about running backs not named Tony Dorsett or Emmitt Smith:

“By the time we’ve had three weeks, we should begin to turn the corner as a unit. The nature of Herschel Walker– his study habits, the note-taking, the focusing-in that I have seen from him– would lead for me to believe that, in three or four weeks’ time, he’ll have a pretty good handle on it. He’s a student of the game.”

One-time Dallas offensive coordinator Paul Hackett on Herschel Walker, who joined the Cowboys in 1986. Walker had 1574 yards from scrimmage in 1986.

Source: The News and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina, September 1, 1986

“When you’re told you’re not good enough, then you get a chance to show you’re good enough, you want to take it.”

Running back Paul Palmer, who joined the Cowboys in October 1989 after a trade between Dallas and Kansas City. Palmer rushed for 446 yards with Dallas but never played again after the 1989 season.

Source: Austin-American Statesman, October 19, 1989

“He is still uncertain on his moves when he comes out wide. His timing with the guards when they pull out to lead him is not good yet. He has to learn to wait for them. But I’m sure he will.”

Tom Landry on Mel Renfro, whom the Cowboys considered moving from safety to running back. Renfro had played running back while in college at Oregon.

Source: Sports Illustrated, September 12, 1966.

Did You Know?

Regarding his new weapon at running back, Don Meredith in 1966 said, “I think our offense will be better than it has ever been. I really don’t see how they can stop us. If I get in trouble I’ve always got Renfro for a safety valve. I can throw him a three-yard pass and he turns it into a 60-yard touch, and the record book reads ‘ Meredith to Renfro for 60 and a touchdown.”

Renfro played 14 seasons in the NFL and made 10 Pro Bowl appearances. However, his career as a running back was short. He saw action at running back in two games in 1966 and gained a total of 52 yards on the ground on eight carries. He also caught four passes for 65 yards.

Rushing Receiving
Rk G# Date Opp Result Att Yds Y/A TD Rec Yds Y/R TD
1 1 1966-09-18 NYG W 52-7 5 21 4.20 0 1 42 42.00 0
2 5 1966-10-16 STL T 10-10 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 6 1966-10-23 CLE L 21-30 3 31 10.33 0 3 23 7.67 0
4 7 1966-10-30 PIT W 52-21 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 8 1966-11-06 PHI L 23-24 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 9 1966-11-13 WAS W 31-30 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 10 1966-11-20 PIT W 20-7 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 11 1966-11-24 CLE W 26-14 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 12 1966-12-04 STL W 31-17 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 13 1966-12-11 WAS L 31-34 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 14 1966-12-18 NYG W 17-7 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Games 8 52 6.50 0 4 65 16.25 0
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/6/2012.

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