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1948 Baltimore Colts

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7-7-0, Finished 1st in AAFC East Division  · 1948 AAFC Season Summary

Scored 333 points (23.8/g), 4th of 8 in the AAFC. Allowed 327 points (23.4/g), 5th.
 Differential of 6 points (0.4/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 7.2-6.8.

Coach: Cecil Isbell (7-7-0)

Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)

Team Info

President/General Manager Walt Driskill

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 333 5065 872 5.8 34 21 14 218 185 340 2899 19 13 8.5 84 532 2166 22 4.1 120
Team Defense 327 4960 868 5.7 36 14 15 224 177 364 2438 18 22 6.7 84 504 2522 21 5.0 125
Lg Rank Offense 4 4 2 6 4 6 1 5 1 1 4 4 4 6
Lg Rank Defense 5 5 7 7 7 6 3 2 6 2 5 6 5 7

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 5 boxscore W 1-0 New York Yankees 45 28 13 488 346 142 3 14 242 149 93 2
3 Fri September 10 boxscore L 1-1 @ Chicago Rockets 14 21 12 252 110 142 17 397 87 310 3
4 Thu September 16 boxscore W 2-1 @ New York Yankees 27 14 19 402 241 161 4 19 296 197 99 5
4 Sun September 26 boxscore W 3-1 Brooklyn Dodgers 35 20 14 331 99 232 4 15 311 177 134 5
5 Tue October 5 boxscore L 3-2 Cleveland Browns 10 14 8 190 103 87 2 13 374 146 228 1
6 Sun October 10 boxscore L 3-3 San Francisco 49ers 14 56 16 307 120 187 5 19 493 163 330
7 Fri October 15 boxscore W 4-3 @ Los Angeles Dons 29 14 19 438 269 169 3 9 235 166 69 3
9 Sun October 24 boxscore L 4-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 10 21 14 308 266 42 1 20 494 104 390 4
9 Sun October 31 boxscore L 4-5 @ Buffalo Bills 17 35 16 380 269 111 1 20 513 295 218 3
9 Sun November 7 boxscore L 4-6 @ Cleveland Browns 7 28 15 272 183 89 1 23 414 224 190 2
11 Sun November 14 boxscore W 5-6 Chicago Rockets 38 24 21 452 223 229 4 11 316 270 46 2
12 Sun November 21 boxscore L 5-7 Los Angeles Dons 14 17 19 406 215 191 3 9 188 119 69 2
13 Sun November 28 boxscore W 6-7 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 38 20 21 491 249 242 18 378 244 134 2
14 Sun December 5 boxscore W 7-7 Buffalo Bills 35 15 12 303 163 140 1 19 295 140 155 3
Playoffs
Division Sun December 12 boxscore L 7-8 Buffalo Bills 17 28 24 393 217 176 3 11 297 135 162 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Y.A. Tittle 22 QB 14 12 161 289 55.7% 2522 16 5.5 9 3.1 80 8.7 8.4 15.7 180.1 90.3
Charlie O'Rourke 31 P 14 1 24 51 47.1% 377 3 5.9 4 7.8 0 7.4 5.0 15.7 26.9 59.0
Team Total 26.4 14 185 340 54.4% 2899 19 5.6 13 3.8 80 8.5 7.9 15.7 207.1 85.6 0 0
Opp Total 14 177 364 48.6% 2438 18 4.9 22 6.0 6.7 4.97 13.8 174.1 61.8 0 0 6.7 5.0 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Bus Mertes 29 FB 14 12 155 680 4 0 4.4 48.6 11.1 6 56 9.3 0 0 0.4 4.0 736 4 0
Bob Pfohl 22 KR/RH 14 14 107 455 4 0 4.3 32.5 7.6 13 134 10.3 1 0 0.9 9.6 589 5 0
Billy Hillenbrand 26 LH/PR 14 13 100 510 7 0 5.1 36.4 7.1 50 970 19.4 6 0 3.6 69.3 1480 13 0
Lu Gambino 25 fb 9 1 54 194 1 0 3.6 21.6 6.0 6 28 4.7 0 0 0.7 3.1 222 1 0
Y.A. Tittle 22 QB 14 12 52 157 4 0 3.0 11.2 3.7 157 4 0
Jake Leicht 29 hb 14 1 20 88 1 0 4.4 6.3 1.4 12 134 11.2 1 0 0.9 9.6 222 2 0
Lew Mayne 28 8 0 14 26 0 0 1.9 3.3 1.8 2 33 16.5 0 0 0.3 4.1 59 0 0
Rex Grossman 24 K 14 1 8 -3 0 0 -0.4 -0.2 0.6 -3 0 0
Charlie O'Rourke 31 P 14 1 7 15 1 0 2.1 1.1 0.5 15 1 0
Johnny Vardian 27 12 0 6 13 0 0 2.2 1.1 0.5 3 26 8.7 0 0 0.3 2.2 39 0 0
Aubrey Fowler 28 13 0 6 30 0 0 5.0 2.3 0.5 30 0 0
Spiro Dellerba 25 lb 14 2 2 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
Joe Smith 26 12 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 8 131 16.4 1 0 0.7 10.9 132 1 0
Lamar Davis 27 LE 14 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 41 765 18.7 7 0 2.9 54.6 765 7 0
Windell Williams 25 re 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 32 360 11.3 2 0 2.3 25.7 360 2 0
John North 27 RE 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 204 25.5 1 80 0.6 14.6 204 1 0
Hub Bechtol 22 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 25 12.5 0 0 0.2 2.1 25 0 0
Bob Nowaskey 30 e 13 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 31 31.0 0 31 0.1 2.4 31 0 0
Ollie Poole 26 de 9 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.1 0.2 2 0 0
Team Total 26.4 14 532 2166 22 1 4.1 154.7 38.0 185 2899 15.7 19 80 13.2 207.1 5065 41 0
Opp Total 14 504 2522 21 5.0 180.1 36.0 177 2438 13.8 18 12.6 174.1 4960 39 30

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
Billy Hillenbrand 26 LH/PR 14 13 18 231 0 0 12.8 16 356 0 0 22.3 2067
Bob Pfohl 22 KR/RH 14 14 2 102 1 0 51.0 17 366 0 0 21.5 1057
Jake Leicht 29 hb 14 1 8 139 0 0 17.4 4 83 0 0 20.8 444
Aubrey Fowler 28 13 0 4 41 0 0 10.3 2 16 0 0 8.0 87
Johnny Vardian 27 12 0 3 34 0 0 11.3 3 66 0 0 22.0 139
Lew Mayne 28 8 0 2 24 0 0 12.0 3 61 0 0 20.3 144
Lu Gambino 25 fb 9 1 3 57 0 0 19.0 279
John Sylvester 25 12 0 2 16 0 0 8.0 16
Lamar Davis 27 LE 14 9 1 10 0 10 10.0 775
Spiro Dellerba 25 lb 14 2 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
Dub Garrett 23 RG 14 14 1 6 0 6 6.0 6
Bus Mertes 29 FB 14 12 1 15 0 15 15.0 751
Windell Williams 25 re 14 1 1 20 0 20 20.0 380
Hub Bechtol 22 12 0 0 4 0 4 29
Team Total 26.4 14 40 597 1 10 14.9 52 1062 0 20 20.4 6724
Opp Total 14 31 1702 0 54.9 61 1176 0 19.3

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Charlie O'Rourke 31 P 14 1 66 2546 0 1 38.6
Rex Grossman 24 K 14 1 18 10 55.6%% 43 43 100.0%%
Team Total 26.4 14 18 10 55.6%% 43 43 100.0%% 66 2546 0 1 38.6
Opp Total 14 11 2 18.2%% 46 43 93.5%% 58 2356 40.6

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
Lamar Davis 27 LE 14 9 5 110 0 0 0
Jake Leicht 29 hb 14 1 5 91 0 0 0
Aubrey Fowler 28 13 0 3 0 0 0 0
Spiro Dellerba 25 lb 14 2 2 18 0 0 0
Rex Grossman 24 K 14 1 2 13 0 0 0
Dick Barwegen+ 26 LG 12 12 1 0 0 0 0
Len McCormick 26 c 11 5 1 5 0 5 0
John North 27 RE 14 13 1 25 0 25 0
Joe Smith 26 12 0 1 0 0 0 0
John Sylvester 25 12 0 1 0 0 0 0
Team Total 26.4 14 22 262 0 25 0
Opp Total 14 30 16 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Billy Hillenbrand 26 LH/PR 14 13 7 6 13 78
Rex Grossman 24 K 14 1 43 10 73
Lamar Davis 27 LE 14 9 7 7 42
Bob Pfohl 22 KR/RH 14 14 4 1 1 6 36
Bus Mertes 29 FB 14 12 4 4 24
Y.A. Tittle 22 QB 14 12 4 4 24
Jake Leicht 29 hb 14 1 1 1 2 12
John North 27 RE 14 13 1 1 2 12
Windell Williams 25 re 14 1 2 2 12
Lu Gambino 25 fb 9 1 1 1 6
Charlie O'Rourke 31 P 14 1 1 1 6
Joe Smith 26 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.4 14 22 19 1 1 43 43 10 1 331
Opp Total 14 21 18 2 43 2 1 327

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1948-09-05 NYY W, 45-28 1 13 pass Billy Hillenbrand 13 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
2 1948-09-05 NYY W, 45-28 1 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
3 1948-09-05 NYY W, 45-28 2 60 pass Lamar Davis 60 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
4 1948-09-05 NYY W, 45-28 3 80 pass John North 80 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
5 1948-09-05 NYY W, 45-28 3 5 rush Billy Hillenbrand 5 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
6 1948-09-05 NYY W, 45-28 4 49 pass Billy Hillenbrand 49 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
7 1948-09-10 @ CHR L, 14-21 3 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
8 1948-09-10 @ CHR L, 14-21 4 47 pass Lamar Davis 47 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
9 1948-09-16 @ NYY W, 27-14 2 1 rush Bob Pfohl 1 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
10 1948-09-16 @ NYY W, 27-14 3 43 pass Billy Hillenbrand 43 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
11 1948-09-16 @ NYY W, 27-14 4 47 fumble John North 47 yard fumble return (Rex Grossman kick)
12 1948-09-26 BDA W, 35-20 1 5 rush Bob Pfohl 5 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
13 1948-09-26 BDA W, 35-20 1 15 rush Billy Hillenbrand 15 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
14 1948-09-26 BDA W, 35-20 2 92 punt Bob Pfohl 92 yard punt return (Rex Grossman kick)
15 1948-09-26 BDA W, 35-20 3 1 rush Bob Pfohl 1 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
16 1948-09-26 BDA W, 35-20 3 14 pass Joe Smith 14 yard pass from Charlie O'Rourke (Rex Grossman kick)
17 1948-10-05 CLE L, 10-14 1 78 pass Billy Hillenbrand 78 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
18 1948-10-10 SFO L, 14-56 1 7 pass Bob Pfohl 7 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
19 1948-10-10 SFO L, 14-56 4 39 rush Lu Gambino 39 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
20 1948-10-15 @ LAD W, 29-14 2 40 pass Lamar Davis 40 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
21 1948-10-15 @ LAD W, 29-14 3 26 pass Windell Williams 26 yard pass from Charlie O'Rourke (Rex Grossman kick)
22 1948-10-15 @ LAD W, 29-14 4 1 rush Billy Hillenbrand 1 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
23 1948-10-24 @ SFO L, 10-21 2 17 pass Billy Hillenbrand 17 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
24 1948-10-31 @ BUF L, 17-35 1 65 pass Billy Hillenbrand 65 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
25 1948-10-31 @ BUF L, 17-35 2 1 rush Charlie O'Rourke 1 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
26 1948-11-07 @ CLE L, 7-28 4 69 pass Billy Hillenbrand 69 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
27 1948-11-14 CHR W, 38-24 2 9 rush Bus Mertes 9 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
28 1948-11-14 CHR W, 38-24 3 10 rush Bus Mertes 10 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
29 1948-11-14 CHR W, 38-24 3 38 pass Windell Williams 38 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
30 1948-11-14 CHR W, 38-24 4 46 pass Lamar Davis 46 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
31 1948-11-14 CHR W, 38-24 4 1 rush Billy Hillenbrand 1 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
32 1948-11-21 LAD L, 14-17 1 25 rush Bob Pfohl 25 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
33 1948-11-21 LAD L, 14-17 3 46 pass Lamar Davis 46 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
34 1948-11-28 @ BDA W, 38-20 1 rush Bus Mertes yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
35 1948-11-28 @ BDA W, 38-20 1 50 pass Lamar Davis 50 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
36 1948-11-28 @ BDA W, 38-20 3 3 rush Bus Mertes 3 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
37 1948-11-28 @ BDA W, 38-20 4 8 rush Billy Hillenbrand 8 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
38 1948-11-28 @ BDA W, 38-20 4 35 pass Jake Leicht 35 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
39 1948-12-05 BUF W, 35-15 1 10 rush Billy Hillenbrand 10 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
40 1948-12-05 BUF W, 35-15 2 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
41 1948-12-05 BUF W, 35-15 3 80 pass Lamar Davis 80 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
42 1948-12-05 BUF W, 35-15 4 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)
43 1948-12-05 BUF W, 35-15 4 1 rush Jake Leicht 1 yard rush (Rex Grossman kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1948-09-05 NYY L, 28-45 2 1 rush Spec Sanders 1 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
2 1948-09-05 NYY L, 28-45 3 4 rush Bill Daley 4 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
3 1948-09-05 NYY L, 28-45 3 1 rush Spec Sanders 1 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
4 1948-09-05 NYY L, 28-45 4 15 pass Bruce Alford 15 yard pass from Spec Sanders (Harvey Johnson kick)
5 1948-09-10 @ CHR W, 21-14 1 20 pass Fay King 20 yard pass from Sam Vacanti (Steve Juzwik kick)
6 1948-09-10 @ CHR W, 21-14 2 21 rush Eddie Prokop 21 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
7 1948-09-10 @ CHR W, 21-14 4 1 rush Sam Vacanti 1 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
8 1948-09-16 @ NYY L, 14-27 1 4 rush Spec Sanders 4 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
9 1948-09-16 @ NYY L, 14-27 4 3 rush Spec Sanders 3 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
10 1948-09-26 BDA L, 20-35 2 2 pass Monk Gafford 2 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Hardy Brown kick)
11 1948-09-26 BDA L, 20-35 4 7 pass Monk Gafford 7 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer (Hardy Brown kick)
12 1948-09-26 BDA L, 20-35 4 5 pass Hal Thompson 5 yard pass from Bob Hoernschemeyer
13 1948-10-05 CLE W, 14-10 1 2 rush Edgar Jones 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
14 1948-10-05 CLE W, 14-10 3 12 pass Edgar Jones 12 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
15 1948-10-10 SFO W, 56-14 1 7 pass Johnny Strzykalski 7 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
16 1948-10-10 SFO W, 56-14 2 28 rush Verl Lillywhite 28 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
17 1948-10-10 SFO W, 56-14 2 18 pass Alyn Beals 18 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Frankie Albert run)
18 1948-10-10 SFO W, 56-14 2 1 rush Frankie Albert 1 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
19 1948-10-10 SFO W, 56-14 3 3 rush Joe Perry 3 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
20 1948-10-10 SFO W, 56-14 3 54 rush Eddie Carr 54 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
21 1948-10-10 SFO W, 56-14 4 29 pass Ned Maloney 29 yard pass from Bev Wallace (Joe Vetrano kick)
22 1948-10-10 SFO W, 56-14 4 31 interception Eddie Carr 31 yard interception return (Joe Vetrano kick)
23 1948-10-15 @ LAD L, 14-29 1 10 interception Bill Reinhard 10 yard interception return (Ben Agajanian kick)
24 1948-10-15 @ LAD L, 14-29 2 1 pass Joe Aguirre 1 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Ben Agajanian kick)
25 1948-10-24 @ SFO W, 21-10 3 29 rush Johnny Strzykalski 29 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
26 1948-10-24 @ SFO W, 21-10 4 19 rush Joe Perry 19 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
27 1948-10-24 @ SFO W, 21-10 4 43 pass Nick Susoeff 43 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
28 1948-10-31 @ BUF W, 35-17 1 3 rush Chet Mutryn 3 yard rush (Bob Steuber kick)
29 1948-10-31 @ BUF W, 35-17 2 43 rush Bill Gompers 43 yard rush (Bob Steuber kick)
30 1948-10-31 @ BUF W, 35-17 3 1 rush Chet Mutryn 1 yard rush (Bob Steuber kick)
31 1948-10-31 @ BUF W, 35-17 4 49 pass Chet Mutryn 49 yard pass from George Ratterman (Bob Steuber kick)
32 1948-10-31 @ BUF W, 35-17 4 35 pass Bill O'Connor 35 yard pass from George Ratterman (Bob Steuber kick)
33 1948-11-07 @ CLE W, 28-7 1 4 rush Edgar Jones 4 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
34 1948-11-07 @ CLE W, 28-7 2 22 rush Marion Motley 22 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
35 1948-11-07 @ CLE W, 28-7 3 4 pass Edgar Jones 4 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
36 1948-11-07 @ CLE W, 28-7 4 15 rush Ara Parseghian 15 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
37 1948-11-14 CHR L, 24-38 2 55 pass Bob Livingstone 55 yard pass from Jesse Freitas (Jim McCarthy kick)
38 1948-11-14 CHR L, 24-38 4 34 pass Bob Livingstone 34 yard pass from Jesse Freitas (Farnham Johnson kick)
39 1948-11-14 CHR L, 24-38 4 70 pass Ray Kuffel 70 yard pass from Jesse Freitas (Farnham Johnson kick)
40 1948-11-21 LAD W, 17-14 2 32 pass Walt Clay 32 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Ben Agajanian kick)
41 1948-11-21 LAD W, 17-14 2 19 pass Joe Aguirre 19 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Ben Agajanian kick)
42 1948-11-28 @ BDA L, 20-38 1 36 pass Ray Ramsey 36 yard pass from Monk Gafford (Hardy Brown kick)
43 1948-11-28 @ BDA L, 20-38 1 60 pass Harry Burrus 60 yard pass from Monk Gafford
44 1948-11-28 @ BDA L, 20-38 2 42 pass Bob Hoernschemeyer 42 yard pass from Monk Gafford (Hardy Brown kick)
45 1948-12-05 BUF L, 15-35 1 1 rush Chet Mutryn 1 yard rush
46 1948-12-05 BUF L, 15-35 4 4 pass Al Baldwin 4 yard pass from George Ratterman (Graham Armstrong kick)