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14-0-0, Finished 1st in AAFC West Division  · 1948 AAFC Season Summary

Scored 389 points (27.8/g), 2nd of 8 in the AAFC. Allowed 190 points (13.6/g), 1st.
 Differential of 199 points (14.2/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 11.8-2.2.

Coach: Paul Brown (14-0-0)

Stadium: Cleveland Municipal Stadium
 Training Camp: Bowling Green State (Bowling Green, Ohio)


Team Info

Principal Owner Arthur McBride
Head Coach/General Manager Paul Brown

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 389 5366 888 6.0 27 11 16 243 178 344 2809 26 16 8.2 104 544 2557 25 4.7 123
Team Defense 190 3616 790 4.6 40 16 13 171 159 354 2097 14 24 5.9 74 436 1519 10 3.5 84
Lg Rank Offense 2 3 1 1 1 4 2 2 3 2 2 3 3 3
Lg Rank Defense 1 1 4 4 1 5 2 1 4 1 1 1 1 1

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Fri September 3 boxscore W 1-0 Los Angeles Dons 19 14 14 263 122 141 3 15 214 145 69 4
3 Sun September 12 boxscore W 2-0 @ Buffalo Bills 42 13 20 504 236 268 1 13 236 20 216
4 Fri September 17 boxscore W 3-0 @ Chicago Rockets 28 7 16 299 157 142 3 12 242 117 125 6
4 Sun September 26 boxscore W 4-0 Chicago Rockets 21 10 14 342 216 126 1 9 204 159 45 3
5 Tue October 5 boxscore W 5-0 @ Baltimore Colts 14 10 13 374 146 228 1 8 190 103 87 2
6 Sun October 10 boxscore W 6-0 Brooklyn Dodgers 30 17 23 432 170 262 3 15 259 165 94 3
7 Sun October 17 boxscore W 7-0 Buffalo Bills 31 14 21 428 219 209 2 14 342 260 82 2
8 Sun October 24 boxscore W 8-0 New York Yankees 35 7 18 486 337 149 4 10 235 128 107 2
9 Sun November 7 boxscore W 9-0 Baltimore Colts 28 7 23 414 224 190 2 15 272 183 89 1
10 Sun November 14 boxscore W 10-0 San Francisco 49ers 14 7 20 291 147 144 2 11 177 32 145 6
12 Sun November 21 boxscore W 11-0 @ New York Yankees 34 21 10 344 211 133 1 12 247 109 138 3
13 Thu November 25 boxscore W 12-0 @ Los Angeles Dons 31 14 18 395 239 156 12 248 137 111 1
13 Sun November 28 boxscore W 13-0 @ San Francisco 49ers 31 28 12 360 234 126 2 11 289 117 172 4
14 Sun December 5 boxscore W 14-0 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 31 21 20 440 194 246 3 14 414 387 27 2
Playoffs
Championship Sun December 19 boxscore W 15-0 Buffalo Bills 49 7 20 333 118 215 4 13 167 104 63 8

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
Otto Graham+ 27 QB 14 14 173 333 52.0% 2713 25 7.5 15 4.5 78 8.1 7.6 15.7 193.8 85.6
Cliff Lewis 25 PR 14 0 4 8 50.0% 69 1 12.5 0 0.0 0 8.6 11.1 17.3 4.9 119.3
George Terlep 25 9 0 1 2 50.0% 27 0 0.0 1 50.0 27 13.5 -9.0 27.0 3.0 56.2
Marion Motley+ 28 FB/KR 14 14 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 26.1 14 178 344 51.7% 2809 26 7.6 16 4.7 78 8.2 7.6 15.8 200.6 85.0 0 0
Opp Total 14 159 354 44.9% 2097 14 4.0 24 6.8 5.9 3.66 13.2 149.8 49.1 0 0 5.9 3.7 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
Marion Motley+ 28 FB/KR 14 14 157 964 5 0 6.1 68.9 11.2 13 192 14.8 2 78 0.9 13.7 1156 7 0
Edgar Jones 30 LH 13 9 100 400 5 0 4.0 30.8 7.7 14 293 20.9 5 0 1.1 22.5 693 10 0
Bill Boedeker 24 hb 14 3 78 254 3 0 3.3 18.1 5.6 13 237 18.2 2 0 0.9 16.9 491 5 0
Bob Cowan 25 RH 14 11 33 99 1 0 3.0 7.1 2.4 15 265 17.7 4 0 1.1 18.9 364 5 0
Dub Jones 24 hb 12 2 33 149 1 0 4.5 12.4 2.8 9 119 13.2 2 0 0.8 9.9 268 3 0
Ara Parseghian 25 hb 12 1 32 135 1 0 4.2 11.3 2.7 2 31 15.5 1 0 0.2 2.6 166 2 0
Ollie Cline 23 11 0 29 129 0 0 4.4 11.7 2.6 129 0 0
Otto Graham+ 27 QB 14 14 23 146 6 0 6.3 10.4 1.6 146 6 0
Dean Sensanbaugher 23 11 0 18 59 1 0 3.3 5.4 1.6 59 1 0
Tony Adamle 24 14 0 17 88 1 0 5.2 6.3 1.2 88 1 0
Tom Colella 30 P 13 2 14 60 1 0 4.3 4.6 1.1 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.5 67 1 0
Cliff Lewis 25 PR 14 0 5 44 0 0 8.8 3.1 0.4 44 0 0
Mac Speedie+ 28 LE 12 11 1 7 0 7 7.0 0.6 0.1 58 816 14.1 4 56 4.8 68.0 823 4 0
Dante Lavelli 25 RE 8 7 1 9 0 9 9.0 1.1 0.1 25 463 18.5 5 54 3.1 57.9 472 5 0
Tommy James 25 14 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 0.6 0.1 1 44 44.0 0 44 0.1 3.1 52 0 0
Bob Gaudio 23 RG 13 12 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.2 0.1 2 0 0
George Terlep 25 9 0 1 4 0 0 4.0 0.4 0.1 4 0 0
Horace Gillom 27 re 13 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 295 14.8 1 0 1.5 22.7 295 1 0
John Yonakor 27 e 14 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 27 5.4 0 0 0.4 1.9 27 0 0
George Young 24 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 20 10.0 0 0 0.1 1.4 20 0 0
Team Total 26.1 14 544 2557 25 9 4.7 182.6 38.9 178 2809 15.8 26 78 12.7 200.6 5366 51 0
Opp Total 14 436 1519 10 3.5 108.5 31.1 159 2097 13.2 14 11.4 149.8 3616 24 44

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
Cliff Lewis 25 PR 14 0 26 258 0 0 9.9 7 147 0 0 21.0 449
Marion Motley+ 28 FB/KR 14 14 14 337 0 0 24.1 1493
Bill Boedeker 24 hb 14 3 2 8 0 0 4.0 4 61 0 0 15.3 560
Tom Colella 30 P 13 2 5 60 0 0 12.0 127
Tommy James 25 14 0 5 47 0 0 9.4 99
Ollie Cline 23 11 0 3 55 0 0 18.3 184
Bob Cowan 25 RH 14 11 3 53 0 0 17.7 417
Horace Gillom 27 re 13 8 3 10 0 0 3.3 305
Dub Jones 24 hb 12 2 2 35 0 0 17.5 303
Ara Parseghian 25 hb 12 1 2 41 0 0 20.5 207
Otto Graham+ 27 QB 14 14 1 12 0 12 12.0 158
Dante Lavelli 25 RE 8 7 1 0 0 0 0.0 472
Mac Speedie+ 28 LE 12 11 1 13 0 13 13.0 836
Team Total 26.1 14 39 385 0 12 9.9 40 752 0 13 18.8 6503
Opp Total 14 32 1866 0 58.3 48 1151 0 24.0

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
Lou Groza 24 K/LT 14 14 19 8 42.1%% 52 51 98.1%%
Tom Colella 30 P 13 2 49 1716 0 0 35.0
Horace Gillom 27 re 13 8 6 227 0 0 37.8
Cliff Lewis 25 PR 14 0 1 18 18 0 18.0
Team Total 26.1 14 19 8 42.1%% 52 51 98.1%% 56 1961 18 0 35.0
Opp Total 14 8 3 37.5%% 26 25 96.2%% 73 2873 39.4

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
Cliff Lewis 25 PR 14 0 9 103 0 0 0
Lou Saban 27 14 0 5 41 0 0 0
Tommy James 25 14 0 4 37 0 0 0
Tom Colella 30 P 13 2 2 34 0 0 0
Otto Graham+ 27 QB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0
Weldon Humble 27 13 0 1 11 0 11 0
Ara Parseghian 25 hb 12 1 1 56 0 56 0
John Yonakor 27 e 14 2 1 1 0 1 0
Team Total 26.1 14 24 283 0 56 0
Opp Total 14 44 28

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
Lou Groza 24 K/LT 14 14 51 8 75
Edgar Jones 30 LH 13 9 5 5 10 60
Marion Motley+ 28 FB/KR 14 14 5 2 7 42
Otto Graham+ 27 QB 14 14 6 6 36
Bill Boedeker 24 hb 14 3 3 2 5 30
Bob Cowan 25 RH 14 11 1 4 5 30
Dante Lavelli 25 RE 8 7 5 5 30
Mac Speedie+ 28 LE 12 11 4 4 24
Dub Jones 24 hb 12 2 1 2 3 18
Ara Parseghian 25 hb 12 1 1 1 2 12
Tony Adamle 24 14 0 1 1 6
Tom Colella 30 P 13 2 1 1 6
Horace Gillom 27 re 13 8 1 1 6
Dean Sensanbaugher 23 11 0 1 1 6
George Young 24 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.1 14 25 26 1 52 51 8 1 387
Opp Total 14 10 14 1 25 3 190

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1948-09-03 LAD W, 19-14 2 17 pass Ara Parseghian 17 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
2 1948-09-03 LAD W, 19-14 3 6 rush Bill Boedeker 6 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
3 1948-09-12 @ BUF W, 42-13 1 11 pass Bob Cowan 11 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
4 1948-09-12 @ BUF W, 42-13 1 18 rush Marion Motley 18 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
5 1948-09-12 @ BUF W, 42-13 2 10 pass Mac Speedie 10 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
6 1948-09-12 @ BUF W, 42-13 3 1 rush Otto Graham 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
7 1948-09-12 @ BUF W, 42-13 4 23 rush Tom Colella 23 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
8 1948-09-12 @ BUF W, 42-13 4 3 rush Dean Sensanbaugher 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
9 1948-09-17 @ CHR W, 28-7 1 12 rush Otto Graham 12 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
10 1948-09-17 @ CHR W, 28-7 2 4 pass Bill Boedeker 4 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
11 1948-09-17 @ CHR W, 28-7 3 39 pass Bob Cowan 39 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
12 1948-09-17 @ CHR W, 28-7 3 40 pass Bob Cowan 40 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
13 1948-09-26 CHR W, 21-10 3 37 pass Bill Boedeker 37 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
14 1948-09-26 CHR W, 21-10 3 43 pass Dub Jones 43 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
15 1948-09-26 CHR W, 21-10 4 2 rush Bill Boedeker 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
16 1948-10-05 @ BCL W, 14-10 1 2 rush Edgar Jones 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
17 1948-10-05 @ BCL W, 14-10 3 12 pass Edgar Jones 12 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
18 1948-10-10 BDA W, 30-17 1 8 rush Edgar Jones 8 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
19 1948-10-10 BDA W, 30-17 3 10 rush Bill Boedeker 10 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
20 1948-10-10 BDA W, 30-17 4 9 fumble George Young 9 yard fumble return
21 1948-10-10 BDA W, 30-17 4 3 rush Marion Motley 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
22 1948-10-17 BUF W, 31-14 1 44 pass Edgar Jones 44 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
23 1948-10-17 BUF W, 31-14 1 3 rush Marion Motley 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
24 1948-10-17 BUF W, 31-14 3 15 pass Mac Speedie 15 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
25 1948-10-17 BUF W, 31-14 4 30 pass Mac Speedie 30 yard pass from Cliff Lewis (Lou Groza kick)
26 1948-10-24 NYY W, 35-7 1 29 pass Dante Lavelli 29 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
27 1948-10-24 NYY W, 35-7 2 63 pass Bob Cowan 63 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
28 1948-10-24 NYY W, 35-7 2 9 pass Mac Speedie 9 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
29 1948-10-24 NYY W, 35-7 3 18 pass Dante Lavelli 18 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
30 1948-10-24 NYY W, 35-7 4 22 rush Otto Graham 22 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
31 1948-11-07 BCL W, 28-7 1 4 rush Edgar Jones 4 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
32 1948-11-07 BCL W, 28-7 2 22 rush Marion Motley 22 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
33 1948-11-07 BCL W, 28-7 3 4 pass Edgar Jones 4 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
34 1948-11-07 BCL W, 28-7 4 15 rush Ara Parseghian 15 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
35 1948-11-14 SFO W, 14-7 1 14 rush Otto Graham 14 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
36 1948-11-14 SFO W, 14-7 3 4 rush Edgar Jones 4 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
37 1948-11-21 @ NYY W, 34-21 1 78 pass Marion Motley 78 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
38 1948-11-21 @ NYY W, 34-21 1 1 rush Edgar Jones 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
39 1948-11-21 @ NYY W, 34-21 2 9 rush Bob Cowan 9 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
40 1948-11-21 @ NYY W, 34-21 3 12 rush Marion Motley 12 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
41 1948-11-25 @ LAD W, 31-14 2 49 pass Dante Lavelli 49 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
42 1948-11-25 @ LAD W, 31-14 2 17 pass Bob Cowan 17 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
43 1948-11-25 @ LAD W, 31-14 3 1 rush Otto Graham 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
44 1948-11-25 @ LAD W, 31-14 3 19 rush Tony Adamle 19 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
45 1948-11-28 @ SFO W, 31-28 1 41 pass Dante Lavelli 41 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
46 1948-11-28 @ SFO W, 31-28 3 6 pass Marion Motley 6 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
47 1948-11-28 @ SFO W, 31-28 3 20 pass Dub Jones 20 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
48 1948-11-28 @ SFO W, 31-28 3 33 pass Edgar Jones 33 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
49 1948-12-05 @ BDA W, 31-21 1 1 rush Dub Jones 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
50 1948-12-05 @ BDA W, 31-21 2 54 pass Dante Lavelli 54 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
51 1948-12-05 @ BDA W, 31-21 2 1 rush Otto Graham 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
52 1948-12-05 @ BDA W, 31-21 3 25 pass Horace Gillom 25 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1948-09-03 LAD L, 14-19 4 2 rush John Kimbrough 2 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
2 1948-09-03 LAD L, 14-19 4 9 pass Joe Aguirre 9 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Ben Agajanian kick)
3 1948-09-12 @ BUF L, 13-42 2 25 rush Julie Rykovich 25 yard rush
4 1948-09-12 @ BUF L, 13-42 2 12 rush Chet Mutryn 12 yard rush (Graham Armstrong kick)
5 1948-09-17 @ CHR L, 7-28 2 13 pass Elroy Hirsch 13 yard pass from Angelo Bertelli (Steve Juzwik kick)
6 1948-09-26 CHR L, 10-21 1 74 pass Eddie Prokop 74 yard pass from Jesse Freitas (Jim McCarthy kick)
7 1948-10-05 @ BCL L, 10-14 1 78 pass Billy Hillenbrand 78 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
8 1948-10-10 BDA L, 17-30 2 2 rush Mickey Colmer 2 yard rush (Lee Tevis kick)
9 1948-10-10 BDA L, 17-30 3 51 blocked field goal Hank Foldberg 51 yard blocked field goal return (Hardy Brown kick)
10 1948-10-17 BUF L, 14-31 1 22 pass Al Baldwin 22 yard pass from Jim Still (Bob Steuber kick)
11 1948-10-17 BUF L, 14-31 4 9 pass Lou Tomasetti 9 yard pass from George Ratterman (Bob Steuber kick)
12 1948-10-24 NYY L, 7-35 4 34 pass Buddy Young 34 yard pass from Pete Layden (Harvey Johnson kick)
13 1948-11-07 BCL L, 7-28 4 69 pass Billy Hillenbrand 69 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Rex Grossman kick)
14 1948-11-14 SFO L, 7-14 1 1 rush Joe Perry 1 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
15 1948-11-21 @ NYY L, 21-34 2 29 pass Bruce Alford 29 yard pass from Pete Layden (Harvey Johnson kick)
16 1948-11-21 @ NYY L, 21-34 2 40 interception Otto Schnellbacher 40 yard interception return (Harvey Johnson kick)
17 1948-11-21 @ NYY L, 21-34 4 1 rush Bob Kennedy 1 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
18 1948-11-25 @ LAD L, 14-31 1 1 rush Walt Clay 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
19 1948-11-25 @ LAD L, 14-31 2 1 rush Walt Clay 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
20 1948-11-28 @ SFO L, 28-31 2 2 rush Joe Perry 2 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
21 1948-11-28 @ SFO L, 28-31 2 4 pass Alyn Beals 4 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
22 1948-11-28 @ SFO L, 28-31 3 29 pass Alyn Beals 29 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
23 1948-11-28 @ SFO L, 28-31 4 6 pass Joe Perry 6 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
24 1948-12-05 @ BDA L, 21-31 3 38 pass Bob Hoernschemeyer 38 yard pass from Bob Chappuis (Hardy Brown kick)
25 1948-12-05 @ BDA L, 21-31 4 3 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 3 yard rush (Hardy Brown kick)
26 1948-12-05 @ BDA L, 21-31 4 60 pass Monk Gafford 60 yard pass from Bob Chappuis (Hardy Brown kick)